Street Requiem

supported by A Feast of Festival Choirs

Street Requiem


A sense of peace, remembrance and hope.

Street Requiem is a new choral work that aims to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to many communities that struggle to come to terms with street violence and a loss of safety on our streets in Australia and around the world.

Conceived by the award-winning conductor of Choir of Hard Knocks and Founding Artistic Director of the School of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Street Requiem is collaboratively written with Dr Kathleen McGuire, who recently returned from the USA after creating the ‘Singers of the Street’ in San Francisco, and Director of Curriculum for the School of Hard Knocks, Andy Payne.

The World Premiere of Street Requiem at Melbourne Recital Centre will be conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM and Dr Kathleen McGuire and feature Internationally acclaimed contralto Liane Keegan, inaugural Rob Guest Endowment Award winning artist, Danielle Matthews, along with massed choir of 350 voices combining the forces of Choir of Hope & Inspiration, THECHO!R, members of Voices Without Borders asylum seeker choir and School of Hard Knocks ‘Absolutely Everybody’ choir program from the cities of Latrobe Valley, Brimbank and Casey.

Presented by the School of Hard Knocks & Melbourne International Singers Festival


Street Requiem

Street Requiem is a contemporary setting of the traditional sung Requiem with additional English, African and Persian lyrics and a modern setting of the Latin text.

At times deeply moving and reflective, Street Requiem is an essentially optimistic work that features music reflecting the multi-cultural and multi-faith traditions of multi-city living utilizing gospel, celtic, romantic, indigenous and contemporary musical genres and instrumentation to spectacular effect.