Community musician, music educator, composer and performer from Wellington, Julian Raphael, was the SOUNZ Community Commission composer 2016. Together with the community group ACTIVE, he created a new work We’re Gonna Get Along, which was performed in concert on Saturday 27 May this year.
The song cycle, created for the young people’s singing group, is a personal narration and musical exploration about the ACTIVE group. Words for the commissioned work came from ideas expressed by the young people themselves, dealing with issues faced by the group members.
The concert, which was a collaboration between Community Music Junction, the ACTIVE Youth Group and the Wellington Community Choir (WCC), was also the first time the WCC hosted a special NZ Music concert in their 12-year history. In addition to the SOUNZ Community Commission work, songs by kiwi bands Crowded House, the Mockers and The Mutton Birds were arranged for the concert by Raphael, featuring the choir as both lead and backing vocals. The concert was accompanied by local musicians Nick Granville, John Rae, Pat Bleakley and David Dell.
The SOUNZ Community Commission brings together NZ professional composers and community groups to work in partnership to create and perform a new work. It was established in 1999 and has resulted in works for diverse groups such as recorder choir, experimental sound artists and children’s theatre. The Commission is sponsored by an anonymous donor and administered by SOUNZ.