Our Statement of Purpose - To strive for musical excellence in all performances as an ensemble and as individuals. To challenge each member to develop and improve their singing voice and musicianship. To encourage and foster development in the areas of sight reading, intonation, rhythm, listening, blending and performance skills. To provide our members with a safe, supportive and welcoming environment that allows for enjoyable learning and performance experiences. The constitution also provides for objectives...
Some of Our History
1996-2000 - A group known as the S.A Gay and Lesbian Choir started around February 1996. They rehearsed in the Beans Bar, the Mars Bar and the Bowden-Brompton Community Centre, having several directors over the years the group dissolved around 2000.
2001 The choir, as it's currently known, was formed in 2001. 'Red' came along from Canberra G&L Choir and began with a new group of singers and gave the group its unusual and idiosyncratic spelling of the word Choir; 'Qwire'.
2002-2010 – Directors changed over the years, and rehersal venues shifted several times. Performances at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, The Musuem and Carclew (candelight vigil). and an attendance of a small group at the Gay Olympics in Sydney in 2002.
Further performances at the Mayfair Theatre the Folk Club and participation in the rally at Parliament House and Gay Pride March & candlelight vigil in 2003/4.
Qwire also performed at Pyjama Party, Feast Fundraiser, Candlelight Vigil and participation in the Gay Pride March for 2007 through 2010.
2011 - New directors and accompanists again, and we adopted the "Q" logo - a musical themed design incorporating Bass and Treble clefs.
2012 - As part of IDAHO, the Qwire was asked to sing at Flinders University in conjunction with the gender equality group ALLY (queer space). We performed at Elders' Big Day Out (COTA - Council of the Aging). And we were invited to perform at Picnic in the Park and World AIDS Day services.
A Christmas concert was held in conjunction with the Mitcham City Brass Band and the Retune Choir.
2013 - Many of our members went to Tasmania to join the Festival of Voices. We performed two movie themed shows in conjunction with the Mitcham City Brass Band. We appeared at the opening to the "Gay Times Are Here Again", an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Adelaide Gay Pride Week. Our end of year concert was at Elder Hall as part of the Feast Festival.
2014-2019 - Many more performances and activities, Qwire produced a CD of songs. Available for sale at current performances.
2020 - Exciting things to come...
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be LGBTQI+?
Not at all! But you do need to be accepting and supportive of all genders, ages and sexuality. It’s our wonderful differences that we recognise and celebrate.
Do I have to AUDITION?
No. Join in as best you can in the first rehearsal you attend. We can advise you the best section (bass, tenor, alto, soprano) for you if you wish.
Do I have to read music?
It helps, but it’s not essential. Others will help you if you are having trouble. We often use USB sticks with the various parts pre-recorded so that you can practise at home or in the car.
But I Can't Sing!
You might be able to sing better than you think! All that we seek from you is an enthusiasm for music and singing. Previous choral experience not needed. And we have plenty of jobs for non-singers!
Where AND WHEN do you rehearse?
Clarence Park, just south of Goodwood. Plenty of parking onsite, and Bus stop at the door. Tuesdays 7.30pm (sharp) - 9.30pm.
For specific address details please contact the Qwire for information.
How many performances do you do each year?
One or two major concerts (e.g. Feast), several community performances. We perform in various Adelaide venues and have travelled interstate. If you do not wish to perform in public, that’s quite OK – there’s no pressure.
How much does it cost?
Nothing for the first month. Then, if you think the Qwire is for you, you need to become financial, by paying $80 ($60 conc,) every 6 months. Instalments can be arranged if it’s easier to manage.
If you would like to learn more about us, find out about up coming concerts and events,
or to come along and join us singing! Please fill out the form and we will get back to you.