On 10 April 1968, the Lyttelton to Wellington ferry Wahine sank. During one of the worst storms recorded in New Zealand’s history, the ferry hit Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour. Fifty-one people lost their lives that day, another died several weeks later and a 53rd victim died in 1990 from injuries sustained in the wreck.
The Wahine passengers sang as they waited to abandon ship and as they floated to the coast in their life rafts.
Join the Orpheus Choir at the waterfront to commemorate 50 years since the disaster and to thank the very many people who, in the face of dangerous conditions, risked their lives to rescue and support the 683 surviving passengers and crew from the Wahine.
This is one of a number of events of Wahine 50 organised by Wahine 50 Charitable Trust. To find out about them all visit wahine50.org.nzmore info
This is a unique performance of Duruflé’s divine Requiem presented in association with the New Zealand School of Music. The full orchestral version will be performed, featuring soloists Jenny Wollerman and James Clayton. The Requiem transports us to a place of transcendent beauty, contrasting brilliantly with the other major work in the concert, Dvorak’s joyous and exuberant Te Deum.more info
The Choir joins Orchestra Wellington for a performance of Guiseppi Verdi’s dramatic Requiem.
Antoinette Halloran, Soprano
Deborah Humble, Mezzo soprano
Diego Torre, Tenor
James Clayton, Baritone
This is part of Orchestra Wellington’s Great and Noble Season ’18.
To find out about the rest of the season visit orchestrawellington.co.nzmore info
The second concert in our 2018 subscription series features some of the world’s most glorious Christmas Music with the centre work being John Rutter’s Magnificat. Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, a richly textured arrangement of three traditional English folk songs will also feature and the concert will end with a rousing rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus!more info