A merry, homosexual and rousing Christmas live performance

Canberra Qwire directed by Lachlan Snow. Photograph: Peter Hislop.

Music / “Merry and Homosexual”, Canberra Qwire, musical route by Lachlan Snow. At The Q, December 11. Reviewed by LEN POWER.

A “MERRY and Homosexual” Christmas was assured when the Canberra Qwire offered a rousing live performance of some well-known and never so well-known songs and some Christmas carols with pleasant, wickedly modified lyrics.

Starting with “Ngunnawal Welcome Music”, the choir selected to sing as they entered and took their locations on stage. This created an instant, heat ambiance that was as efficient because it was sudden.

Energetic grasp of ceremonies Andy Bell ensured the live performance saved shifting as properly as involving the viewers. This created an off-the-cuff, relaxed afternoon filled with laughter in addition to good music.

The massive choir was wearing black with little Christmas touches right here and there. Music director Lachlan Snow appeared with glowing epaulets on his costume. The general impact was very pleasing.

The three musicians – Jessica Stewart, piano; Daniel Frømyhr, cello, and Jen Hinton, drums – accompanied the choir by way of numerous types of music very properly.

The choice included music of artists we’ve got misplaced this yr. There was a Sondheim medley, honouring the music of Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim. The fast-paced “Placing It Collectively” was particularly properly completed with the lyrics clearly heard.

Canberra Qwire performs “Merry and Homosexual”. Photograph” Peter Hislop

A “Seekers Celebration” medley, remembering Judith Durham, contained a number of outdated favourites warmly sung. “Xanadu”, a tune recognized with Olivia Newton John had a superb association and was particularly properly sung by the choir. It was repeated as a rousing encore.

“Let Love Rule” by Archie Roach was given a heartfelt efficiency and the primary half of this system concluded with “The Strolling Music”. Lyrics, music and poem have been by Andrea Watson. This was movingly sung because the choir slowly left the stage. The poem was recited with nice sensitivity by choir member Azerie Orsmond.

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The beginning of the second half noticed the choir enter whereas singing “Stroll a Mile in my Sneakers by Rebecca Spalding. “Give Me A Choral Medley” was sung energetically and a way of enjoyable.

Three very humorous carols, “God Assist You Merry Lesbians”, “We Three Queens (of Oxford Road)” and “Hark The Herald Transfolk” introduced the live performance to a rousing shut.

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