Mining history in music

Mining and music do not often go together, but on Saturday 10 May the Orpheus Choir of Wellington presents a concert paying tribute to mining communities worldwide and to events that have irrevocably changed their lives. Premiere performances will be given of three new works related to mining in New Zealand and overseas. The 150-strong Orpheus Choir will be joined by the award-winning Wellington Brass Band and Wellington Young Voices.

The concert features a new work by legendary New Zealand singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn, who has been commissioned to write a tribute to the 29 West Coast miners who died in the Pike River mine disaster in 2010.

The second work is ‘If blood be the price,’ composed by Ross Harris to words by poet Vincent O’Sullivan commemorating the death of Fred Evans, a miner who was killed during the Waihī miner’s strike in 1912. This work was specially commissioned by the Wellington Brass Band Association.

The major work in the concert is the New Zealand premiere of ‘17 days’ by British composer James McCarthy, inspired by the dramatic rescue in 2012 of 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for 69 days. This work has been widely acclaimed in Britain, and the chorus ‘Do dreams lie deeper‘ is now sung as a standalone concert piece.

The concert is in the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday 10 May. For those outside Wellington, it is also being broadcast on the same day, starting at 8 p.m., on Radio New Zealand Concert.

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