If you haven’t already discovered it, there is a special web site that covers a wide range of topics associated with ‘An Australian War Requiem’ by Christopher Bowen.
This dramatic and moving work is to be performed in Sydney Town Hall on November 11th at 3pm, as part of the Armistice Day Centenary.
Performers include the Sydney University Graduate Choir, guest choristers and large orchestra; Mercy Catholic College and Waitara Voices Children’s Choirs; soloists: Taryn Fiebig (soprano), Ashlyn Tymms (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor), Adrian Tamburini (bass) and Wade Kernot (bass), all conducted by composer Christopher Bowen OAM.
The web site includes information relating to the work itself:
- Biographies of the composer, Christopher Bowen, and librettist, Pamela Traynor
- Background to the composition of the work
- Details of the 2014 premiere performance
- A video of a short section of the premiere
In addition, an important aspect of the WW1 commemorations is the extent to which the war has formed a backdrop to the lives of so many contemporary Australians. With this in mind, the site includes stories from the families of our choristers (from the 2014-18 period), with memories and histories of their predecessors who took part in the conflict.
Finally, the ‘Australian War Requiem’ web site provides a link for ticket purchases for the Armistice Day memorial performance in Sydney Town Hall (direct link to tickets here) as well as online ordering of the CD and DVD from the 2014 premiere.
Click here to visit the ‘Australian War Requiem’ web site.