Win tickets to Erebus tribute

23:22, Aug 01 2012
REMEMBRANCE: Auckland Choral Society will be performing A Necessary Rain, a tribute to the Erebus victims, at the Auckland Town Hall.

A poetic tribute to the victims of New Zealand's worst aviation disaster is the foundation for a new work about to premiere in Auckland.

Auckland Choral will be performing David Hamilton's A Necessary Rain in the Auckland Town Hall on August 25.

And Western Leader readers are being given a chance to be at the premiere. We have double passes to the 7.30pm performance to give away.

The crash of an Air New Zealand sightseeing flight in the Antarctic on November 28, 1979, killed 257 passengers and crew. At that time, it was the world's fourth worst aviation disaster.

Bill Sewell's Erebus: a poem published in 1999 forms the basis of Hamilton's moving tribute to the Erebus victims.

Auckland Choral music director Uwe Grodd says the poetry is beautifully set.


Soprano Ursula Langmayr is soloist for the performance of The Necessary Rain which Mr Grodd says will be a unique and memorable experience for both choir and audience. The second half of the concert features Mozart's Great Mass in C minor.

A large-scale setting of the traditional mass text, it features two soprano soloists, a tenor and a bass, double chorus and orchestra, and is imbued with influences from Bach and Handel who Mozart was studying at the time.

Parts of the Kyrie from the work were used in two separate scenes in the 1984 film Amadeus.

Mozart conceived the Great Mass in C minor as an expression of piety and thanksgiving before his marriage to Constanze Weber. Like his Requiem, it was left unfinished at his death.

Joining Ms Langmayr as soloists for the Great Mass are soprano Emma Roxburgh, tenor Paul McMahon and bass James Harrison.

Tickets are priced from $59. Book online at or call 0800 BUY TICKETS.

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