Jointly commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Veterans' Affairs
The Diggers’ Requiem is a nationally significant concert jointly commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Veterans' Affairs, produced and directed by Chris Latham and to be performed at Llewellyn Hall by Canberra’s leading professional musicians. The concert will be recorded and may be broadcasting by ABC FM.
The concert includes the commissioned works of five leading contemporary Australian composers and recently discovered music composed in the battlefields of France during WWI. The performing artists include 30 independent Canberra musicians, ten players from the Royal Military College Band, Duntroon (RMC) as well as 28 Young Artists selected from across Australia with French or German ancestry or WWI family connections. Four interstate and overseas soloists will also perform.
The Diggers Requiem composed by Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Mills, Nigel Westlake, Graeme Koehne and Ross Edwards tells the story of the major Western Front battles. It also features the final work of Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly who was killed in the Somme.
The Diggers’ Requiem has been commissioned to create repertoire about these iconic events for national use and to create a symbol that represents the close diplomatic relationship between France, Germany and Australia