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Echoing the cries of the fallen – the Centenary of Anzac 2015

On this Centenary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, An Australian War Requiem was a feature broadcast by the choir’s media partner Fine Music FM. Ahead of the broadcast, the following article by librettist, Pamela Traynor, appeared in the April edition of the … Continue reading

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‘Revealing layers of profound and human emotion’—interview with Christopher Bowen, composer and conductor

On the eve of the premiere of ‘An Australian War Requiem’, composer and conductor Christopher Bowen kindly shares his thoughts on the significance of this work to him. What was the initial spark for you to undertake this project? It … Continue reading

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Five minutes with…Christopher Richardson, bass

Christopher Richardson, bass soloist in ‘An Australian War Requiem’, shares his thoughts with us on what it means to him to be part of this event. What did you find tempting about the invitation to sing in An Australian War … Continue reading

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Five minutes with…Celeste Lazarenko, soprano

In the lead up to the premiere of ‘An Australian War Requiem’ in August, we asked each of our soloists for their thoughts on being part of such an important work. Celeste Lazarenko kindly answered, as follows: What is the … Continue reading

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Gallipoli—a name that will never be forgotten

Extracts from letter to his mother, written 19th May from hospital ship ‘Seang Choon’ at Lemnos island by Platoon Sergeant Lisle M Lane (4th Battalion), who was wounded on the 26th April, but is now at the front again fighting … Continue reading

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‘Thy battle’s fought’—Interview with Pamela Traynor, librettist—Part 2

Finding Reginald James Godfrey In one of the letters Christopher and I read at the Australian War Memorial, written by Asdruebal James Keast to his mother during the War, there is a reference to a poem from ‘Jim’, his friend. … Continue reading

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