Sat 25th Nov 8pm
St Andrew’s on the Terrace, Wellington
Sun 26th Nov 3pm
St Peter’s Village Hall, Paekakariki
Fri 2nd March 2018
Uniting Church, 222 Pitt St, Sydney
Glamaphones’ concert celebrates the musical heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand
The Glamaphones, Wellington’s rainbow choir, will be bringing it home this November with their Homegrown Aotearoa concert of kiwi music.
On 25 November, the choir will premiere its programme of New Zealand classics at St Andrews on the Terrace, before taking it up to Paekakariki, the heart of rainbow pride on the Kapiti coast, on 26 November. Elements of the programme will then be performed at March 2018 Sydney Mardi Gras, in a joint concert with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir.
The programme weaves together the traditional with the modern. Maori waiata form the foundation of the concert, craftily woven together by musical director Rachel Hyde with a line up of iconic kiwi pop.
“Everyone will enjoy key moments of the kiwi songbook, with pop music stretching back to the seminal kiwi classic, Pixie Williams’ 1940s hit “Blue Smoke”, says Rachel Hyde.
The pop journey takes us through the decades, with contributions from 1970s Split Enz, 1980s Crowded House (“Don’t Dream it’s Over”), 1990s Mutton Birds, and a modern classic from Hollie Smith.
Rachel Hyde is most grateful to the support of kiwi musicians in helping to make this programme work: “We have pieces especially arranged for the choir. The three songs from Don McGlashan’s catalogue deserve special mention. Both of his silver scroll winning compositions are included in our concert (“Anchor Me” and “Bathe in the River”) as is the Glamaphones’ version of “Nature” which was covered by the Mutton Birds.
“A ‘homegrown’ line up has real significance for the choir. While some of the choir are kiwi born and bred, many members are more recent arrivals. “These songs have a distinctly kiwi feel that we can all identify with; they provide a common experience that remind us of how lucky we are to be a part of this progressive, compassionate and multi-cultural democracy”, says Rachel Hyde.
Tickets to both Wellington and Paekakariki concerts are available from choir members and eventfinda.co.nz. The choir will be continuing its tradition of serving refreshments and supper at the end of its Wellington concert.