** STOP PRESS ** As a result of the hugely positive response, the video of An Australian War Requiem will remain available for a further week, to the end of Sunday May 3rd, the day that we were to have held our first concert of 2020. ** STOP PRESS **
For the first time in a century Australians have not had a public celebration for Anzac Day, and this reminds us at Sydney University Graduate Choir of the extraordinary work, An Australian War Requiem, composed by Christopher Bowen to a text by Pamela Traynor to commemorate the outbreak of the Great War, WWI, in August 1914.
So this ANZAC Day weekend we are, for the first time, making the entire premiere performance (August 2014) video available online, free of charge.
The text of this work was based on letters between young men at the Front and their mothers at home in Australia. These letters are held in the archives of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. You can browse the original concert program here.
The choir, joined by a number of guest choristers from other choirs, and children’s choirs from Warrawee Public School and Fort Street High School, accompanied by the Choir’s professional orchestra, premiered this work on August 10, 2014 in the Sydney Town Hall in the presence of the Governor General and numerous members of the diplomatic corps from countries involved in that war.
For those who would like a permanent copy of this performance, it may be purchased on CD (audio) or DVD (video) from our website.
We hope you will enjoy this work, and we look forward to seeing you again at our next performance, when we are able to be together again.
President, Sydney University Graduate Choir