Power of Song arrives at theGlobe
The proud culture of protest has been captured in song by the Newcastle People’s Chorus from New South Wales. The choir presents ‘‘The Power of Song’’ concert in the Globe Theatre next Wednesday.
One of eight union choirs in Australia, the 28 singers directed by Gabrielle Thacker, perform traditional union and historic songs, contemporary numbers, songs of freedom and struggle, mixed with political satire and protest songs in fourpart harmony.
Formed by delegates and friends from Newcastle unions concerned that collectivism, unionism and progressive ideas were waning under the influence of a conservative mass media, the choir proudly keeps alive the oral tradition of workers’ groups, singing songs of working life, struggle and social justice.
New South Wales’ Newcastle People’s Chorus performs next Wednesday in Palmerston North’s Globe Theatre.