They’re out, loud and set to enliven the stages and halls of some of Canberra’s cultural attractions this October at the Out & Loud Choral Festival.
Taking pride of place across the four-day festival will be Canberra’s own gay and lesbian Qwire who will join seven choirs from across Australia and the Pacific celebrating the pure joy of singing.
Among the performance venues for this triannual event include the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia, National Film and Sound Archive and Llewellyn Hall at the Australian National University which will host a ticketed Gala Concert.
Qwire member Susan Nicholls said the 100-member choir shared a special bond.
“Qwire is an amazing group of very individualistic people from many backgrounds, some of whom have been singing together for more than 25 years. There’s a camaraderie in Qwire that is quite special, as many of us have experienced discrimination and worse because of our identities.”
Highlights of the Festival include the world premiere of a new composition by the award-winning composer and musician Sally Whitwell, performances by the participating choirs as well as a massed choral event conducted by acclaimed Australian choral musician and conductor Stephen Leek.
The massed choir event will feature 300 people and take place at Llewellyn Hall. It has involved individual choirs being given access to the special song on MP3s so that they can learn and practice different parts of the song before they perform together.
As for Qwire’s repertoire, audiences can expect a diverse range of songs.
“Qwire shows its quality by singing a very eclectic variety of music from pop through classical pieces, jazz numbers, songs from popular movies, even a 900-year-old poem (in Mandarin) set to music by one of our members. We have a sort of ‘Glee’ vibe, only we are better.”
The Out & Loud Festival runs from 24 to 28 October 2019.