On October 14, the Hamilton Civic Choir combined with the choirs from St Paul’s Collegiate, Waikato Diocesan School, St Peter’s School and musicians from Civic Players to perform Gabriel Faure’s Requiem Mass.
This was a musical soiree with a difference. It had purpose, passion, a great deal of popular support, and real promise for the future of serious music in this country.
Reviewer Sam Edwards commented:
[. . .] the Sanctus particularly, produced stunning vocal dynamics which were supported by a most memorable and elegantly delivered duet of harp and violin. The choral range was huge. In addiiton to the Faure, arrangements of Maori waiata contrasted with Finzi and Kodaly, a collection of spirituals, and the oddball and utterly onomatopoeic experience which is Toto’s Africa.