On September 24th, STREET REQUIEM, a contemporary choral work in honor of those who have died on the streets made its Carnegie Hall debut featuring acclaimed mezzo soprano Frederica von Stade. Sing The World, an Australian based organization created by Jonathon Welch, is the producer of the event and generously donated 50% of the net tickets sales revenue to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, and has given us the honor of choosing additional New York homeless organizations to share that donation with. Jonathon Welch is also the founder of School of Hard Knocks, an arts based organization transforming the lives of homeless people through music and street choirs around the world.
Created by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne and Jonathon Welch, STREET REQUIEM is a contemporary choral work aiming to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling to come to terms with street violence and a loss of safety on our streets. Learn more about the musical influences.
Proceeds benefitted Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and our partners in homeless outreach: Picture the Homeless, Midnite Run, Safe Horizon Streetworks, Ali Forney Center and West End Residences HDFC, Inc.
“When Dr. Welch first reached out to us to tell us about this exciting new choral work that raises awareness about homelessness, we were surprised and grateful for his generous offer to donate such a large portion of the proceeds – and honored to be entrusted to choose five other outreach and support organizations to share this generosity with. It truly is a rare, ‘pay it forward’ opportunity for us,” said Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Interim Executive Director, The Right Reverend Andrew R. St. John.