Singing policeman to perform for Pike River

A free concert will be performed this weekend for the family and friends of the 29  Pike River victims.

Daniel Rodriquez is the voice that “consoled a nation” following the events of 9/11 and became known as “the singing policeman” after performing at the funerals of more than 100 emergency services colleagues.

The concert, From Our Family to Yours   will be performed in Greymouth this Saturday, after Rodriquez’s soprano wife and her twin sister had the idea to hold a concert after hearing of the Pike River Tragedy.

“When she heard about the disaster she emailed some of the families and received some heartfelt responses,” he says.

 “We decided that a concert would be the best way to express ourselves and music is what I had during the 9/11 tragedy.

“The connection I have with them is I have been through a tragic event myself,” he says.

He says they have received support from Air New Zealand, Kingsgate Hotels and the Greymouth community to make the concert possible.

Rodriguez will be jointed by the Kavanaugh sisters – their mother, former Mobil Song Quest winner, Kathi Craig, TV actress and singer, Lisa Chappell (McLeod’s Daughters) and popular vocalist, Will Martin.

A sold out concert held by the group last Sunday  in Palmerston North raised $4800 was for Pike River families which will be added to the $3500 given by their Florida friends.

Rodriguez is planning to stay in Greymouth for three days,  where  he will hold a church service and meet those who are still dealing with the tragedy that struck their close-knit community.

“I look forward to meeting with them and commiserating with them,” he says.

From Our Family to Yours is being held at Greymouth’s Holy Trinity Church this Saturday at 7:30pm.


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