Music has the ability to express what words cannot, and on this solemn anniversary what better way to remember and honour the memories of Australia’s fallen soldiers than through the beauty and clarity of the human voice? (Luke Iredale, ClassikOn)

One hundred years ago the world was swept up in the cataclysm of war, enduring sacrifice and loss on an inconceivable scale.

To commemorate the Centenary of the Great War, the Sydney University Graduate Choir commissioned composer and music director Christopher Bowen OAM to create An Australian War Requiem. This intensely moving work, the first particularly Australian work of its kind, premiered at the Sydney Town Hall on 10 August 2014, to great acclaim.

Scored for four-part chorus, semi-chorus, children’s chorus, five soloists and orchestra, the Australian War Requiem, explores that most unbreakable of bonds—that of a mother and her son.



Christopher Bowen has written some fine work over the years. In ‘An Australian Requiem’ he has established himself as a great composer for all time. Musically this was a thrilling and unforgettable experience. Lauris Elms

It is a terrific work – majestic, moving, monumental and a wholly convincing commemoration of an exceptionally important moment in human and Australian history. Kim Williams AM

 The Choir is now actively pursuing partnerships and performance opportunities for this wonderful and emotional work to take place during the period of the ANZAC Centenary – and beyond. For more information about staging a performance of the work, partnering with SUGC to do so, or about new sponsorship opportunities contact president@sugc.com.au.


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