BIG-OCCASION PERFORMANCE: Jonathon Welch conducting his Sing the World Australian choir in the Gloria from his Street Requiem at St Peter's Basillica at the Vatican in Rome.
BIG-OCCASION PERFORMANCE: Jonathon Welch conducting his Sing the World Australian choir in the Gloria from his Street Requiem at St Peter's Basillica at the Vatican in Rome. CONTRIBUTED

Mapleton Choir rises to the occasion

MAPLETON'S 30-member community choir will sing a soul-rousing contemporary Gloria from Jonathan's Welch's new work, Street Requiem, as the highlight of its autumn concert this month.

The Heart and Soul Concert will be held on Friday, May 27, and Sunday, May 29, in Mapleton Hall on Obi Obi Rd.

This collaborative work by Welch, Kathleen McGuire and Andy Payne will have only its second performance in Queensland.

Music lovers may remember choral conductor and composer Welch from his moving ABC documentary Choir of Hard Knocks in 2007.

Now with this 2014 contemporary style Street Requiem, he honours "all those who have died nameless and innocent on our streets and do not have a voice anymore".

The choir will perform one of its pieces, Gloria, with its spine-tingling Zulu Senzeni Na, anthem of the anti-apartheid movement.

There is a note of defiance in this piece as a Requiem does not traditionally have a Gloria.

The Choir will sing it with that same "fire in the belly" with which it was written, hoping for triumph over violence in the streets of the world.

The Mapleton choir was introduced to the work by one of its singers, Margie Lipscombe, who had already sung this work with Welch's Sing the World Choir in Italy and London last year.

Margie will tour again with them in September this year when the Requiem will have its New York (Carnegie Hall) and Boston première.

A group of Mapleton Choir members will sing the complete work at the Brisbane International Singers' Festival in June.

The overall theme of the Mapleton concert is "Heart and Soul - inspirational music to raise your spirits".

Few pieces do that better than the Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni or Joncas' On Eagle's Wings.

A less well-known song is Rutter's haunting A Flower Remembered for the victims of the Japanese tsunami.

 

Book ticketswith Ailsa on 5478 6079 or Derek on 5326 3836.

Adults are $18 and concessions $15.

The Mapleton choir has been operating for more than 30 years on the Blackall Range.

Proceeds from its two concerts each year go to community causes.

The choir always performs before and after the public performances at retirement villages in the region.

The Brisbane International Singers Festival runs over three days in June. Rehearsals have begun and are held each Sunday. Visit www.qt.com.au/whats-on/brisbane-international-singers-festival-2016/105817


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