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Orchestra Wellington goes 'Farr out' in Pride Parade first

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Despite being utterly run off his feet, one of Aotearoa’s best-known composers has a new project close to his heart.

Gareth Farr is writing a "rumbling cacophony of sound to show off a bit" to launch the Wellington Pride Parade next weekend to be performed by musicians from Orchestra Wellington.

He’s also working on Roar Of A Thousand Tigers, taking its name from Sherpa Tenzing Norgay’s description to Sir Edmund Hillary of the violent winds on Mt Everest.

Farr is the kind of prolific composer who can juggle multiple projects. He felt compelled to write a Pride Fanfare because the opening of the parade cries out for some kind of musical performance.

"This will be a noisy one," Farr said.

"The piece has to compete with decibel levels on the street we don’t usually associate with the concert hall."

"With their training and professionalism, I’m sure the orchestra players will cut through any of the street noise and get the parade off on the right foot (or stiletto)."

The premiere of Farr’s Fanfare will be on Saturday 16 March at 6pm on Tennyson Street near Courtenay Place. Spectators can line the streets and join in the celebrations.

Farr expects the brass and percussion players will get in parade mode.

"They’ll take this on with energy and probably show off a bit!"

Funding from Rainbow NZ Charitable Trust and Rule Foundation is going towards Orchestra Wellington’s performance and new commission.

The Wellington Pride Festival is organised by a group of elected volunteers from our LGBTQIA+ community, Out Wellington Inc, who are committed to creating an inclusive festival with and for our diverse queer whanau.

The commission is the brainchild of Orchestra Wellington - another unique project following the success of last year’s vinyl revival and record launch.

Watch out for Wellington’s Pride Parade getting off to a brassy start with Orchestra Wellington providing a big rainbow fanfare by local genius Gareth Farr!

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