Singer-songwriter Dave Dobbyn is writing new music to be
performed at an upcoming tribute concert for the families of
victims of the Pike River mining disaster.
Dobbyn will perform with the Orpheus Choir at the Dreams Lie
Deeper show on May 10 at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre.
"I am deeply honoured to be asked by the Orpheus Choir to
write a piece for the Pike River 29 and their families and
community," Dobbyn said.
"Having met some of the miners' bereaved families and their
advocates, I'm very close to the task now. Their grief is
overwhelmingly compounded by the ongoing travesty of Pike
"It's an injustice that is heart-wrenching and a story that
must be etched into the heart and mind of every New
Zealander," he said.
Twenty-nine miners lost their lives in the November 19, 2010
disaster after an explosion in the Pike River mine near
Greymouth. Their bodies have never been recovered.
Dreams Lie Deeper will be a tribute to mining communities
worldwide and a commemoration of events that have irrevocably
changed the course of their lives, focusing on the Pike River
Dobbyn has been commissioned to write lyrics and music for
the tribute, and he will be joined on stage by the the
160-strong Orpheus Choir, the award-winning Wellington Brass
Band and Wellington Young Voices.
The show has the approval of the Pike River Families Group
"The Pike River families are humbled that The Orpheus Choir
of Wellington have commissioned Dave Dobbyn to write a song
in honour of their men, who were tragically killed in the
Pike River Mine disaster," said chairman Colin Smith.
"The families wholeheartedly support the Choir's Dreams Lie
Deeper concert and have no doubt it will be a very moving
event. Those family members who are able to attend are very
much looking forward to being a part of the forthcoming
Tickets for the show go on sale from Friday, January 31