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Past Performances


CBR RAINBOW BUS SINGALONG

Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Qwire performed to support the Canberra Rainbow YES bus and its driver.


Singing at Parliament House

Wed, 16 Aug 2017
On a very wet and windy morning Qwire sung its heart out to support Marriage Equality at Parliament House.

Classic(al) Hits Concert

Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Qwire's Classic[al] Hits concert at the Q theatre on 25 June 2017 was a sold out show performed in collaboration with Strange Weather Gospel Choir.  The audience loved the mixture of classical and gospel pieces from Abba's 'Dancing Queen' through to 'Cantique' by Faure.  'Penny Lane' was a great hit with some cheeky actions by our barbers, bankers and firemen and the choreography for 'Stay with me' had people in tears.  Conducting was shared between Leonard Weiss, Karen Wilden and Daniel Bennett (SWGC) with our accompanists Jess Stewart and Lucas Allerton (SWGC).  Thanks again to Tack Daniel for choreo and movement support, to our volunteer drummers from both choirs who had the audience jumping for 'Africa', our soloists and back stage volunteers led by Jes Chalmers.  


AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Sun, 21 May 2017
Qwire was honoured to perform at the 34th Canberra International AIDS Candlelight Memorial organised by the AIDS Action Council of the ACT at the National Arboretum. The theme of this year's memorial was 'Ending AIDS Together'.  Qwire performed 2 songs to remember those who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS,  'You'll never walk alone' and ' These candles we burn'.  As one of the world's oldest and largest grassroots mobilisation campaigns for HIV awareness, the International AIDS Candleight Memorial takes place annually and is led by over 1200 organisations in more than 115 countries.  


IDAHOT Performance at Film Screening of 'Zomer' (Summer)

Wed, 17 May 2017
The Embassy for the Kingdom of the Netherlands screened the film 'Zomer' (Summer) for IDAHOT (International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) and invited Qwire to perform before the screening - Qwire was delighted to perform 'Bridge over Troubled Water' & 'Carry On'.  


In Full Swing Christmas CD Launch

Sat, 26 Nov 2016
In Full Swing Christmas CD Launch


SpringOUT Parade

Sat, 19 Nov 2016
Qwire led Canberra's first ever pride parade during the SpringOUT festival in November 2016


Fair Day

Sat, 29 Oct 2016
Qwire performed at SpringOUT's annual Fair Day on 29 October 2016 at Gorman Arts Centre.  SpringOUT Pride Festival is Canberra's queer cultural festival which affirms the pride, joy, dignity and identity of Canberra's LGBTIQ communities through events of celebration.  Fair Day continues to be one of Canberra's major grassroots community events and Qwire is proud to be part of these celbrations.  Qwire sang numbers from our Show Tunes concert as well as some old favourties : Home; Time Warp; You can't stop the beat; You'll never walk alone.  


Show Tunes - End of Year Concert 2016

Sat, 22 Oct 2016

Canberra Qwire brought sparkling fabulousness to The Q with SHOW TUNES.

On the 22nd and 23rd of October 2016, The Canberra Gay and Lesbian Qwire performed a repertoire of favourite show tunes at The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre that had them singing all the way home. Show Tunes was Qwire’s largest production to date and it truly had it all: hope, love, triumph – and just a touch of despair (not every musical character has a happy story after all). Featuring standout moments from musicals old and new such as Evita, Les Miserables, Matilda, The Sound of Music and fourteen other greats, it was a lifetime of shows packed into one night.

Musical director Leonard Weiss described Show Tunes as: “a spectacular undertaking for Qwire – our largest show yet. Having the opportunity to spend an entire year honing our musicality and performance skills made for a truly unique experience.”

Greg Lissaman was our Creative Director for this magnificent show "when show tunes from many musicals are juxtaposed and performend by a gay and lesbian choir, the songs take on new meaning".  

Tack Daniel helped us add real flair with his adventurous choreography and we looked stunning in our costumes designed by Peter McCann & Gerard Clifton.  

Our audiences were truly wowed by Show Tunes and Qwire members wanted the experience to go on forever.  



AIDS Memorial - Candlelight Vigil

Sun, 15 May 2016
Candlelight Memorial events are held across the world to honour those who have lost their lives to HIV and AIDS. As one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place annually and is led by over 1,200 organizations in more than 115 countries.  

Globally the theme for 2016 was ‘Engage, Educate, Empower’ and served as a call to work in solidarity to break down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and to give hope to new generations.
Hosted by ABC radio presenter Genevieve Jacobs, including guest speakers Senator Katy Gallagher, Professor John Dwyer, founder of the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance and Emeritus Professor at the University of NSW, and well known community member Scott Malcolm, the memorial included musical performances by QWIRE and the traditional candle lighting ceremony.

Book launch for Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Thu, 28 Apr 2016
Book launch for Kaleidoscope

"The essays in this volume have been written by those deeply concerned about the future of the Anglican Church of Australia" especially as it relates to the LGBTQIA "have not been permitted to sit in a church where they are welcomed, included and affirmed as the people of the God of welcome, inclusion, and affirmation." (Alan Cadwallader, Preface to "Kaleidoscope").

Qwire performed 2 songs (Home and Stand By Me) at the start of the launch.

Out & Loud Choral Festival- Auckland NZ

Thu, 18 Feb 2016
Qwire joined other Australian and NZ choirs to participate in the 'Out & Loud choral festival' in Auckland in February 2016.  Over 3 days we sang in churches, outside iconic venues and even walking through the streets of Auckland much to the surprise of shoppers.  Guest Conductor Dr Kathleen McGuire, internationally recognised for her choral work composed 'Singing Out and Loud' for the festival as well as teaching us 'There's a place for us' which we performed at the Grand Matinee concert.  Our Qwire sang : One Voice; Corner of the sky; We are; I lived & together with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir 'It does Get Better'.  We also paricipated in their Pride Parade.


"We Are" - Qwire in Concert

Sat, 21 Nov 2015
Qwire was delighted to hold its end of year concert as part of the SpringOUT Pride Festival. 'We Are' was supported by an ensemble from the National Capital Orchestra.  The repertorie explored global themes and broader connections to the community.  Under the musical direction of Leonard Weiss, Qwire performed hits from popular artists such as Billy Joel, Alicia Keys and Bob Evans.  The concert also featured a special piece written by Qwire's Assistant Musical Director Karen Wilden.  


Gay Jazz

Fri, 6 Nov 2015
 

ACT Australian Of The Year Performance

Mon, 2 Nov 2015
 

Floriade 2015

Mon, 28 Sep 2015
 

A Night of Jazz

Sat, 27 Jun 2015
Two of Canberra's longest running musical community groups combined forces in an unforgettable concert on 27 June 2015 - a Night of Jazz at the Hellenic Club in Woden.  'Qwire' together with the big jazz band 'In Full Swing' wowed their audience of 500 who came to dance the night away.  The 'Canberra Swing Katz' got the audience jumping with their fabulous swing dance performance.  Qwire was directed by Leonard Weiss and In Full Swing by Beth Way.  Many classic songs were performed such as : Ain't no mountain high enough, My Way & Feeling Good.  Qwire's good mate, John Berry (US Ambassador) shared his joy at the US Supreme Court decision which had just been handed down approving same sex marriage.  It was a night of celebration for all.  


From the sublime to the Ridiculous (and everything inbetween!)

Sat, 29 Nov 2014
 

SpringOUT Fair Day Performance

Sat, 1 Nov 2014
 

Various Voices - Dublin Ireland

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 to Mon, 16 Jun 2014
 

When Qwirish Eyes are Smiling

Sat, 31 May 2014
 

Qwire end of year concert

Sat, 7 Dec 2013


Q20 Gala Concert

Sat, 22 Jun 2013


International AIDS Candelight Memorial

Sun, 19 May 2013
 

North Ainslie Primary School Fete

Fri, 15 Mar 2013
 

Qwire Celebrating Canberra Centenary

Mon, 11 Mar 2013