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By Holcombe Waller

“Music brings people together. It creates fellowship and shared experience. It disarms, it softens, it connects with heart. A Requiem calls on our common mortality” Holcombe Waller

Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite is an original choral work written by American singer and composer, Holcombe Waller. It is a radical re-imagining of the formal Latin Mass that adds Queer voices to the canon of worship and religious music in a completely contemporary context.

The Mass is music of our generation, written about our shared experiences. Through this musical journey, we reflect and honour those that have been loved and lost to us, and those who suffered persecution for their gender expression or sexual orientation, particularly in a religious context.

The 35 member choir, consisting the Sydney Chamber Choir and the Mardi Gras Community Choir, conducted by Sam Allchurch are the heart and soul of this work. Together with an eight piece band, and speakers Julie McCrossin, Victoria Spence and Terese Casu, this Mass is also a call for action for fellowship and unity, a hopeful future where religion affirms and welcomes all people.

Join us for Requiem Mass to experience a healing and reflective process showing that although there have been souls that have been persecuted, they are not destroyed. Truth, love and inclusiveness is at the heart of us all.


This is an Auslan Interpreted event. Please call our friendly Box Office staff on 02 9231 2222 or email to arrange tickets in view of the interpreter. 

The Australian premiere of Requiem Mass was originally produced by Performance Space for Day for Night: 24 HRS, 2016.

Image: Holcombe Waller, Requiem Mass. Photo: Hospital Hill. Courtesy of Performance Space.

Details are accurate at time of publication

  • Director
    Holcombe Waller
    Musical Director
    Sam Allchurch

    Mardi Gras Community Choir
    Alison Dutton
    Andrew Kensy
    David Puls
    Dianne van Dulken
    Janet Gibson
    Kate Andrews
    Lucia Giuffre
    Mark Ashdown
    Michael Woodhouse
    Paul Long
    Paul Wong
    Rebecca Fortune
    Ruth Thompson
    Sahar Hosseinabadi
    Santino Emmi
    Stuart Annels
    Sue Wittenoom
    Tim Smyth
    Trish Talbot

    Sydney Chamber Choir
    Adam Majsay
    Alison Lockhart
    Belinda Montgomery
    Claire Burrell-McDonald
    Deirdre Bridgwood
    Ian McCahon
    Josh Murray
    Judy Herskovits
    Malcolm O'Brien
    Megan Cronin
    Natalie Shea
    Nick Gilbert
    Ria Andriani
    Richard Sanchez
    Sam Piper
    Wei Jiang

    Julie McCrossin
    Terese Casu
    Victoria Spence


    Anna McMichael
    Benjamin Burton
    Elsen Price
    French horn
    James McCrow
    Drums and percussion
    Jess Ciampa
    Luke Byrne
    French horn
    Sebastian Dunn
    Simon Sweeney