The streets of Perth came alive on Friday 13 April when close to 1000 singers and musicians gathered to harness the power of music and raise awareness of homelessness in Western Australia.
‘Love Never Failed Us Yet’ was a large-scale community event presented by the UWA Conservatorium of Music. It featured a performance of a 1971 composition by Gavin Bryars called Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, which loops a recording of an unknown homeless man singing a hymn.
The audio was amplified and played on a large slow-moving trolley that the audience followed to a final destination in Forrest Place and a massed performance by all involved.
The performance featured staff and students from the UWA Conservatorium of Music staff, WASO, the Spirit of the Streets Choir and a number of school and community ensembles stationed throughout Hay Street and Murray Street malls, who joined in with the looped voice as the trolley passed.
The event launched the WA Alliance to End Homelessness's #EndHomelessnessWA campaign.
- The event amplified a looped composition called Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, on a large slow-moving trolley that the audience followed to a final destination.
- Community groups and UWA Conservatorium of Music students and staff began performing as the trolley passed them.
- Hundreds of people followed the performance through the streets of Perth City from Hay Street to Forrest Chase.
- The performance was to show support and raise awareness for the #EndHomelessnessWA campaign.
- Close to a thousand performers from all ages and musical backgrounds came together in support.
- The event launched the #EndHomelessnessWA Campign as part of a 10 year journey to end homelessness for good.
- Performers were unable to rehearse for the event outside of learning the piece given the nature of the performance however, they were in good hands with UWA conductors.
- The performance featured WASO, the Spirit of the Streets Choir, St John of God Community Choir, UWA Symphony Orchestra and a number of schools and community ensembles
- Singers and musicians gathered to harness the power of music and raise awareness of homelessness in Western Australia.
- According to latest estimates, each night more than 9,000 people are homeless in WA with many sleeping on the streets, in their cars and in temporary accommodation.
- The ensembles formed a mass choir, accompanied by the UWA Symphony Orchestra and created a collective united voice of solidarity.
- Professor Alan Lourens, Head of the UWA Conservatorium of Music conducted the final massed performance in Forrest Chase.