Past Performances

National Folk Festival - Qwire performances

Fri, 29 Mar 2024 to Mon, 1 Apr 2024
Over 4 fabulous days and nights over 100 Qwire singers performed at the National Folk Festival as a featured artist to excited and appreciative audiences.  We did 3 pop ups, opened for the Queer dance ball, had our own concert in the Scrumpy and competed in the Tina Turner 'Simply the best' song concert.  We had the best time and sang our hearts out.  
Lachlan Snow conducted with Karen Wilden assisting.  For some of our gigs we were joined by GLUB as well as string musicians Karen Wilden on guitar, John Dobson &  Roger Lee on violins, Jane Oliver on cello with Jem Allen on percussion.  
Over the course of the Festival we performed : Always was always will be; Beds are Burning; From Little things big things grow; Hail! Smiling morn; Let love rule; Let the rainbow shine; Love is in the air; May I suggest; Morning. Tide; Over the rainbow and Simply the best arranged by Joe Twist.  

Singing Out With Pride! 30th anniversary concert

Sat, 11 Nov 2023
Over 800 loyal fans filled Llewellyn Hall for Canberra Qwire's special  30th anniversary concert “Singing Out With Pride!" on 11 November 2023 MCed by Zev Aviv.  

With alumni and friends, Qwire celebrated the beautiful and heartwarming stories of our community. with Qwire members recounting the special meaning that certain songs had for them.  With special guest and renowned folk singer, Judy Small, this concert was an unforgettable experience, blending uplifting music with joyous performances.  

Qwire was conducted by Musical Director Lachlan Snow, accompanied by Jessica Stewart on piano (her final concert as our accompanist).  Assistant Music Directors Karen Wilden and Leanne Linmore conducted pieces special to them 'May I suggest' and 'Hail Smiling Morn'.  The Ellery String Quartet toghether with Double bass player Hayley Manning did an awesome job bringing extra tones to Qwire's singing.  12 founding Qwire members, the '93ers sang 'Be who you are' showing how far Qwire has come.  And GLUB accompanied Qwire as we sang 'From Little Things Big Things Grow'.  

Qwire sang the following:
Three Australian Bush Songs
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Beds Are Burning 
May I Suggest
Everything Possible 
Let the Rainbow Shine
Be Who You Are
It Does Get Better
Hail! Smiling Morn
Deepening Twilight
Fall On Me 
This Is How We Love
This Is Me 
Don't Stop Me Now 
Never Turning Back

And Judy Small sang : Sacred Ground, Influenced by Queers, Stand or Fall, and was accompanied by Qwire when she sang Everything Possible and Let the Rainbow Shine.  And she joined us also for Never Turning Back. 

Qwire received and excellent review from City News:

Our audience as also treated to a beautiful slide show of photos from our last 30 years.


Qwire Concert - Merry and Gay

Sun, 11 Dec 2022
'Merry and Gay' was a total blast of a concert - for the audience and Qwire singers.  We performed a selection of tribute songs to musical icons who passed in the last year: Archie Roach, Judith Durham from the Seekers, Olivia Newton John and Stephen Sondheim.  Andy Bell MCed a great show conducted by our MD Lachlan Snow accompanied by Jess Stewart on keyboard.  Lachlan had the audience up and singing from the start of the show setting the festive mood.  And to top it off we had the audience singing along to our queer carols.   A great way to end 2002 as we head into our 30th anniversary year in 2023.   

Have a look at this lovely review from City News


Qwire concert - Let the Rainbow Sing

Sat, 18 Jun 2022
Qwire was delighted to be back performing for our wonderful audience with our new Musical Director Lachlan Snow, Assistant MD Jenny Sawer and accompanist Jess Stewart.  'Let the Rainbow Sing' was a heart warming concert reminding us of the joy of singing and connecting with our community again.  
City News reviewed the concert capturing the mood beautifully :
And thank you once again to Peter Hislop for some beautiful photos as well as to our family and friends.

Qwire Concert : Rise Up!

Sun, 20 Jun 2021
Canberra Qwire was delighted to perform again to our wonderful Canberra community after a year of COVID restrictions.  Rise Up! was a celebration of hope and resilience with songs reflecting this theme.  Cheyne Halloran opened proceedings with a Welcome to Country after which Adrienne Francis from ABC 666 mced the concert.  Karen Wilden and Jenny Sawer brought the best out of our 60 singers conducting with enthusiasm and joy.  Jessica Stewart (Qwire's accompanist) led a small band of musicians adding extra musical flavour to the event.  With over 500 audience members Llewellyn Hall rang out with beautiful harmonies and much applause.  The joy of being together again sharing music was palpable.
The concert opened with a dramatic rendition of 'State of Alert' written by Jenny Sawer (our AMD) and her partner James Halligan.  Qwire's couch choir video was projected on the wall behind singers bringing to life the song's moving images - thanks to 'Coordinate' for producing the video.
The remaining repertoire consisted of : The Cloud, Washing of the water, You'll never walk alone, And so it goes, The Two of Us, Fields of Gold, I will survive, One day, Sure on this shining night, Let the river run, Bridge over troubled water, Rainbow, Rise UP, What a wonderful world, How can I keep from singing, From now on., with an encore of Home. 
It was an emotional night as this was Karen Wilden's final formal concert conducting Canberra Qwire.  We look forward to Karen relaxing with us as a singer again.
City News reviewed the concert and thanks again to Peter Hislop for his wonderful photos.

World Environment Day dinner 2021

Sat, 5 Jun 2021
Canberra Qwire was honoured to be invited by the ACT Conservation Council to sing at their World Environment Day Dinner at the National Museum of Australia.
Our Assistant Musical Director Jenny Sawer conducted Qwire which sang :
One Day, State of Alert, Rise Up, We shall not give up the fight, What a wonderful world, Fields of Gold.


International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2021

Sun, 16 May 2021
Canberra Qwire was proud to sing again at the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial organised by Meridian.
The theme for this year was 'We remember, We take action, We live beyond HIV'.  
Qwire sang : I feel like going on, Rainbow, The Quilt and The Two of Us.


Northside end of year event for over 65's

Thu, 17 Dec 2020
Qwire was delighted to perform at Northside Community Service for their end of year event for over 65's.  Qwire sang: Rainbow, River deep mountain high, Saltwater, The Seed, World on our shoulders, Fields of Gold, What a wonderful world.  

World Aids Day performance

Sun, 29 Nov 2020
Qwire was pleased to be able to perform at Meridian's World AIDS Day ceremony at Havelock House.  The theme for the event was 'Now more than ever'. Qwire sang : Field of Gold, Rainbow and The seed. 

Concert : Qwire in the Park

Sat, 28 Nov 2020

Qwire in the Park was a wonderful occasion where Qwire performed for the first time since COVID 19.  Under the musical direction of Karen Wilden assisted by Jenny Sawer and Jess Stewart, Qwire sang 15 songs on the theme of nature.  Over 200 members of our community heard us sing again in Glebe Park as part of the SpringOUT Festival on an extremely hot day.  Jess Stewart, Qwire's wonderful accompanist was awarded Life Membership of Qwire - a very special occasion.

Qwire sang : Big Yellow Taxi, Fields of Gold, From Now On, It's your world, Let the river run, O Peaceful Night, Rainbow, River Deep Mountain High, Satlwater, State of Alert (written by Jenny Sawer), The Seed, Under the Milky Way, Walking on Sunshine, What a wonderful world, World on our Shoulders. 

ANU LGBTIQ+ Ally Network Launch

Tue, 10 Mar 2020
Qwire was delighted to perform at the launch of the ANU LGBTIQ+ Ally Network hosted by the Respectful Relationships Unit. We sang 'Fight Song ' and 'RESPECT' as well as 'Home'.  

Festival ONE - Queanbeyan

Fri, 7 Feb 2020
Qwire was delighted to perform at Queanbeyan's Festival ONE community event - a street party celebrating inclusion.  
Qwire sang: Blue Skies; Brave; Fight Song and Home.

SpringOUT Big Community Rainbow Picnic

Sun, 24 Nov 2019
Qwire enjoyed performing at SpringOUT's community picnic in Glebe Park.  
Qwire sang : All you need is love; Brave; Everybody wants to rule the world; Pride, RESPECT; The Vigil; This is me; What about us.

SpringOUT Ball

Sat, 9 Nov 2019
Qwire had a great time performing at the SpringOUT Ball which took place at the Abbey.  
9 songs were sung to the enjoyment of the masked guests : All will be well; Blue skies; Brave; Fight Song; Pride; The ship song; What about us; Respect; All you need is love.  


Sat, 2 Nov 2019
Qwire enjoyed performing at the 20th anniversary of Fair Day launching SpringOUT for 2019.  Gorman Arts Centre was buzzing with a huge turnout.  Karen Wilden conducted Qwire with Jess Stewart accompanying.  We sang : All you need is love; Brave; Everybody wants to rule the world; Fight Song; What about us; All will be well.  

Out & Loud Choral Festival - Canberra

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 to Mon, 28 Oct 2019
Canberra Qwire was proud to host the 2019 Out & Loud Festival from 24-28 October across various iconic Canberra venues.  300 singers attended from 9 LGBTIQ+ choirs from Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Sydney, Auckland, Fiji, WA,Timor Leste and Canberra.  We had an inspirational Festival of music, fun and joy from the Welcome Function at the NFSA through to the Gala Concert at Llewellyn Hall.  Our Guest Conductor Stephen Leek guided us through our 3 massed choral pieces : 'Stronger Together' (specially commissioned for the Festival from Sally Whitwell), 'Blue Skies' and 'Fall on me' which we performed at Llewellyn Hall to a packed house.  12 workshops were held over 2 days at our wonderful Festival home University House.  And all choirs performed free public concerts to hundreds of local Canberrans and visitors at the National Gallery of Australia, National Portrait Gallery and Museum of Australian Democracy.  Participants let their hair down at the Out & Loud Party at Albert Hall and enjoyed organised tours of the Arboretum and the National Gallery.  And finally the Festival wrapped up with a relaxing BBQ hosted by A Gender Agenda.  
Thank you again to ACT Government for their support and to the huge number of volunteers without whom the Festival would not have been possible.  And to all those who attended - we had a ball!

Stronger Together youtube

High Court concert

Sun, 11 Aug 2019
Qwire was delighted to perform a large repertoire at the High Court of Australia to a packed house featuring songs of love, compassion and hope.  Karen Wilden conducted with her usual flair bringing out the heart and warmth from Qwire singers that has become our trademark. Jess Stewart accompanied Qwire on piano with enthusiasm and humour and John Dobson and Dominic Hill played violin and cello for our magnificent piece 'Fall on me' -soloists Lou Brooks, Lizzie Gordon, James Routson & Pete Pakapat were divine.  'Ella's Song' captured a different mood with soloists Stacey Graham, Gerard Clifton, Marco Xuereb and Veronica Wensing.  'Hua Fei Hua' based on a 1200 year old Chinese poem was sung in Madarin and English to a composition by Qwire members Cindy Li & Jess Stewart.  Other songs sung with subteltly and passion were : The Vigil, Brave, Pulse, Everybody wants to rule the world, Everything Possible, Imagine, The Seal Lullaby, Sudden Light, You Gotta be, All will be well and All you need is love.  This concert will remain a highlight of 2019 for both Qwire members and our broad audience.  

Fall On Me

Poetry @ Smith's

Mon, 15 Jul 2019
The Queer poetry group booked Qwire to sing a slection of songs with a connection to poetry as part of their That Poetry Thing night, which runs weekly on Monday nights at Smiths Alternative. The audience at Smiths enjoyed the mix of songs which ranged from Hua Fei Hua, a lullaby sung in Mandarin, to Nick Cave's stirring and soulful A Ship Song. The songs performed on the night were:
Everything Possible
Singingh for our lives
Hua Fei Hua
The Seal Lullaby
The Ship Song
Deepening Twilight
All will be well

Goulburn concert

Sun, 16 Jun 2019
“All you need is…..a choral collaboration and celebration in Goulburn”

Sunday 16 June 2019 saw Qwire participate in an afternoon concert of several Goulburn based community choirs, including one involving young people, Rezone8. The others were Vocalocal and Cantabile. It was held in St Saviour’s Cathedral’s parish hall (which had been the original Cathedral, built in 1875). Despite the mid-winter day that was both cold and wet, the venue filled up and the choirs sang to a large and enthusiastic audience.

All four choirs had learned two songs which were sung together at the end of the concert; ‘All You Need is Love’ and the beautiful and evocative ‘Seal Lullaby’. Even though we had mostly rehearsed these songs separately (there had been one joint rehearsal) the multi-layered sound of Seal Lullaby hung like magic in the air – with almost 200 voices singing the words of Rudyard Kipling, set to the graceful and elegant music of contemporary composer, Eric Whitacre. 

Qwire sang seven songs as well as the two joint musical pieces. Huge congratulations to Karen and Jess for all the hard work in getting the Qwire singers and all our songs to the point where the sound worked brilliantly and was well received by the audience. Thanks must also go to Paul Scott-Williams, leader of Vocalocal and Cantible, who brought all four choirs together for this wonderful afternoon of musical connection and collaboration. 

AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Sun, 19 May 2019
Qwire proudly contributed to the AIDS Candlelight Memorial which took place at the Academy of Science (the Shine dome).  Karen Wilden conducting Qwire singing 'Deepening Twilight' and "Deep Peace'.  While members of the community laid candles on the red AIDS ribbon outside Qwire sang 'Singing for our Lives'.

'Canberra on Show' at the Canberra Show

Sun, 24 Feb 2019

Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards

Thu, 6 Dec 2018
The ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards is an integral and premier event of the ACT Inclusion Council.  The Council promotes initiatives that value and engage people with disabilities as customers, suppliers, employees and employers in business, the arts and sport.
Qwire was honoured to be part of this important Canberra event with 450 guests at the National Museum of Australia.  Qwire sang 'Rise', 'Try Everything' and 'This is Me' under the musical direction of Karen Wilden accompanied by Jessica Stewart.

The SpringOUT Big Community Picnic

Sun, 25 Nov 2018
Qwire had a great time performing at this family friendly event which was the final SpringOut event for 2018.  We sang : Firework, How far I'll go, I love my life, LIFE GOES ON, Rise, Strong & Try Everything.  

Rainbow Inter Faith Event - 'Come as you are'

Thu, 22 Nov 2018
This was a Rainbow interfaith event of blessing, acceptance, hospitality and welcome organised by 'Acceptance' - a faith community which supports LGBTIQ Catholics.  This event aimed to create a safe celebratory space for believers and non-believers alike of different traditions. It was specially organised as part of the SpringOut Festival.  It took place at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture.  
Qwire sang 'How far I'll go', 'Rise', 'I love my life' & ' Life goes on' under the musical direction of Karen Wilden accompanied by Jessica Stewart on piano.

Qwire concert - Taking Flight

Sat, 17 Nov 2018
'Taking Flight' was Qwire's final concert in our magical 25th anniversary year - we performed on both 17 & 18 November at the Q theatre to almost full houses.  'Taking Flight' celebrated the strength of our community and reminded us that people of all genders, orientations and expressions can look forward with pride to the future they dream of.
'Taking Flight' commenced with a very moving  'Welcome to Country' given by Jude Barlow reflecting on the eagle totem of her people.  Karen Wilden conducted a beautiful repertoire of songs put together by Dee Mcfaul accompanied by Jess Stewart.  Almost 70 singers performed 17 songs with the concert MCed by the wonderful Lynne O'Brien who was instrumental in the creation of Qwire 25 years ago.  Qwire spiced up the performance with some choreography taught by Hannah Carey and Emily Appleton and a very moving video compilation put together by Russell Nankervis and Susan Nicholls reminded the audience of what Qwire means to so many of us.  
There was laughter, tears, cheering and a lot of foot tapping from the audience who thought we sounded marvellous - no doubt helped by Deb Hayes signing our songs.  

Fair Day

Sat, 3 Nov 2018
One of Qwire's favourite events, Fair Day had an unprecedented number of visitors at Gorman House, many of whom visited our stall.  Qwire sang Rise; Touch the sky; Try Everything; I love my life; Strong & The Ship Song.  

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Sun, 20 May 2018
Qwire was honoured once again to perform at the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial which took place at University House ANU. This year’s theme of ‘Reflecting on our Past, Preparing for our Future’ was as always a time to remember & a time to look forward. Qwire performed ‘Stay Awhile’ & ‘Moon River’ conducted by our new Musical Director Dee McFaul. 

Various Voices, Munich 2018

Wed, 9 May 2018 to Sun, 13 May 2018
Qwire did Australia proud performing at the Various Voices LGBTIQ choral festival in Munich. 1 of almost 100 choirs amongst 3000 singers Qwire performed on 3 occasions- the intergalactic Space concert where Qwire sang ‘Bad Romance’. dressed in their alien gear in purple wigs, crazy coloured glasses & silver capes. Then outdoor in the Odeonplattz & also in the famous Philharmonie Gasteig where Qwire performed our 30minute Australian repertoire to great acclaim. And then there was the amazing experience of singing Carmina Burana with 8000 people outdoors. Qwire was conducted by Lenny Weiss & Karen Wilden and accompanied by Jess Stewart.  

Qwire Concert - To the Riptide - Qwire's Silver Anniversary

Sun, 15 Apr 2018
Qwire kicked off its silver anniversary with 'To the riptide', a concert featuring Australian classics from the likes of Kylie Minogue to more recent hits like Goyte's 'Somebody that I used to know'.  Taking its name from Vance Joy's 2013 Hottest 100 winner, 'To the riptide' celebrated this point in Australian history where the tide of public support for queer Australians gives us hope for a better future. 

It was also an opportunity for us to farewell our Musical Director Leonard Weiss who has been with us for 4 years.  Our Assistant Musical Director Karen Wilden also conducted a number of songs.  Jess Stewart was our accompanist on piano.  

Qwire performed part of the repertoire from this concert at the Various Voices LGBTIQ European choral festival in Munich in May 2018 to much acclaim alongside 100 other choirs and 3000 singers.  

Rainbow Cocktails -British High Commissioner marriage equality celebration

Wed, 7 Feb 2018
Qwire was delighted to perform at 'Rainbow Cocktails' hosted by the British High Commissioner celebrating marriage equality in Australia.  As the sun set behind us Qwire sang 'Never Turning Back', 'It don't mean a thing' & 'Home' to an audience of distinguished guests including many couples who were married by the British High Commissioner before Australian marriage equality became law.   

'Never Turning Back' concert

Sun, 26 Nov 2017
'Never Turning Back' celebrated Qwire's 24 year musical journey & our growth as a diverse community.  From the olden days when the Qwire sang Rubber Duckie and Old Mother Hubbard to the musical heights of Tenabrae Factae Sunt & fun pieces such as Bad Romance, Qwire shared the joy of singing with our wonderful audience.  Our MC Anne-Marie Delahunt shared stories from our previous Musical Directors, Chris Ashcroft, Leanne Linmore & Ken Teoh who were in the audience as well as our current MD Lenny Weiss' thoughts on our recent journey through the marriage equality struggle.  And our patrons Chief Minister Barr & H.E. Schouten honoured us with their presence and warmth.  Qwire continues to provide strength and joy to so many and looks forward to its 25th anniversary in 2018.  

Canberra Results Party - We Will Party

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
OMG what a night of celebration with extraordinary community joy spilling out all along Lonsdale Street Braddon - Canberra put on a huge street party to celebrate the results of the Marriage Equality survey & Qwire was there singing our hearts out.  We sang 'Home' and 'You can't stop the beat' and cheered along with everybody when the Senators arrived to greet the crowd.  

Carers ACT 25th Birthday Celebrations

Sat, 4 Nov 2017

Fair Day

Sat, 28 Oct 2017
Qwire performed at the annual Canberra Fair Day at Gorman House which kicked off this year's SpringOut.  Qwire performed 5 songs conducted by Ken Teoh : Bad Romance; Carry On; It don't mean a thing; YMCA; You Can't Stop the Beat.  The audience enjoyed Qwire's spirited performance.  

Yass says YES

Sat, 21 Oct 2017
Qwire really enjoyed performing for our friends in Yass who were organising support for a 'Yes' result in the Marriage Equality Survey.  We first performed at the Markets and then at Trader and Co.  We sang : Carry On, Home, Moon River, Never Turning Back, YMCA & It don't mean a thing.   

Diversity ACT "Out of Our Minds"

Sat, 14 Oct 2017
Qwire performed at Diversity ACT's event during Mental Health Week.  Conducted by our guest conductor Kimberley Steele, Qwire sang: It don't mean a thing; Moon River; Never Turning Back & YMCA.  1 of our members Chloe also spoke about her experience of managing mental health issues and the healing power of singing and being part of the Qwire community.


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

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