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The Diggers’ Requiem Brass – Melbourne

September 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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JOINTLY COMMISSIONED BY THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL AND THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS.

 

 

Diggers Requiem Brass brings you the spirit of the upcoming Diggers Requiem in a FREE concert not to be missed, commemorating the end of WWI.

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The Diggers’ Requiem represents – in 12 movements – the battles of Fromelles, Pozières, Bapaume, Bullecourt, Villers-Bretonneux, Hamel, Amiens, Péronne and Mont Saint-Quentin, Bellenglise, Montbrehain, Ypres and Passchendaele in Belgium. It refers to death of the Red Baron and the charge of Beersheba in Palestine, which was the last great charge of cavalry. 62,000 bells representing each Australian who died are incorporated into the last movement, Lux Aeterna.

The different movements were written by some of the greatest Australian contemporary composers, as well as the recently discovered Frederick Septimus Kelly, who died at Beaumon-Hamel in 1916. His Lament of the Somme, which evokes the Battle of Pozières, near Albert, was written just two weeks before his death. Elena Kats-Chernin, who finished writing her piece last year, will evoke the battle of Bullecourt in the Pas-de-Calais. Alex Lithgow who wrote the stirring Victoria March, which was played by the Australian Army as it marched into Bapaume in 1917, has his work incorporated into Nigel Westlake’s the Glass Soldier, a piece for trumpet and orchestra. A lone piper plays a lament by Pipe-Major John Grant in the last movement.

Details

Date:
September 26, 2018
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organisers

Australian War Memorial
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Venue

St Pauls Cathedral
209 Flinders Lane
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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