This event, to mark the founding of world peace after the Great War, is our fourth and final World War One commemoration event.
On the programme: the exquisitely beautiful "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber, preceding the main work of the evening, Giuseppe Verdi's powerful "Requiem".
Soloists for the "Requiem" are Anna Leese (soprano), Kristin Darragh (mezzo-soprano), Amitai Pati (tenor) and Wade Kernot (bass).
The sprouting of poppy flowers on battlefields and grave sites across Europe marked the conclusion of World War I and these flowers feature prominently in John McCrae’s poem "In Flanders Fields". After the war, the Royal British Legion promoted the wearing of red poppies on November 11, Armistice Day. Britons also place wreaths of them on graves
In 1933, the anti-war Women’s Co-operative Guild began selling white poppies to embody both remembrance and pacifism; the whiteness symbolized a lack of bloodshed.
While they were not meant to conflict with the red poppy, the white poppy has sometimes been seen as a political symbol. According to the BBC, "many veterans felt that its significance undermined their contribution and the lasting meaning of the red poppy". Today however, the Royal British Legion neither condemns nor endorses them and another group, the Peace Pledge Union, has taken over the white poppy emblem.
A recent study has shown that singing in a choir makes you feel good, and it does – VV members, for example, are required to reaffirm their happiness at every rehearsal. But we believe choral music makes audiences happy too, and aim to prove this at St Matt's in March. To do so, we’ll blend the Renaissance delights of Lassus, Wilbye and Tomkins with the later pleasures of Herzogenberg and Finzi, while adding upbeat spirituals, popular numbers and, for the coup de grâce, Monteverdi’s wonderfully joyous ‘Beatus vir’ with Baroque ensemble. Our title suggests a self-help concert, but we’ll do all the work; all you need do is have a good time!Conductor: John Rosser Contact: Rowena Post Phone: 0800 VIVA VOCE (0800 8482 8623) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.vivavoce.org.nz Ticket prices: $45 earner, $35 non-earner