Next Concert


Sat 10 May

Dreams Lie Deeper  

Michael Fowler Centre        

Three Premieres of choral music in honour of miners worldwide

New commission - Dave Dobbyn (NZ)
In Memory of the Pike River miners

If Blood be the Price - Ross Harris (NZ)
recalling the 1912 Waihi Miners' Strike

17 Days - James McCarthy (UK)
A tribute to the Chilean miners rescued in the 2010 disaster

Wellington Young Voices, Dave Dobbyn, Wellington Brass Band

Mark W Dorrell - Conductor


Tickets available at Ticketek  0800 842 538  or
Tickets $20 - $60


Miners and their communities the world over are to be honoured in Orpheus Choir’s next concert. 

Of particular significance is the première performance of a commission by New Zealand’s best-known singer-songwriter, Dave Dobbyn.   His song, dedicated to the men whose lives were lost in the tragedy of Pike River will be performed by Dave and his band, and will feature a choir choral arrangement by the Choir’s Music Director Mark Dorrell, who has collaborated with Dave in bringing this moving musical expression of New Zealand’s sorrow to our audience.

A second première is If Blood Be the Price, Wellington Brass Band’s commission by New Zealand composer Ross Harris, recalling the Waihi miners’ strike in 1912, in which one of the miners was killed during the demonstration. Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan wrote the lyrics, which are a strong retelling of the miners’ struggle as they protested their working conditions, during that very significant time in the country’s mining history.

The major work in the concert is the New Zealand première of an acclaimed composition by British composer James McCarthy – 17 Days – recalling the Chilean mining disaster in the same year as out Pike River tragedy.  This work is a very life-affirming and dramatic expression of the emotions felt by those above ground during the 17 days in which no one knew whether those trapped were alive or dead.  Texts from Isaiah, poets Rupert Brooke, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte New and Carol Lashof as well as excerpts of news reports are sung by the choir and children’s chorus as the dramatic and suspenseful days lead to a wonderfully uplifting conclusion.

The Orpheus Choir acknowledges the generous support of EPMU, The Village Goldsmith and Newmont Waihi Gold toward the cost of this concert.

The Choir is grateful for funding support from these gaming trusts:

New Zealand Community Trust
Pelorus Trust
Four Winds Trust
Infinity Trust
Trust House Charitable Trust


The Choir reserves the right to change artists and/or works if necessary

The Orpheus Choir of Wellington Inc.

  P O Box 1306 Wellington 6140     Ticket information 04 586 3856

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