The lost piano music of F.S.Kelly

Kickstarter campaign deadline 7 March 2019

Pianist Alex Wilson is has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce an album of the previously unrecorded piano music of wartime hero Frederick Septimus Kelly: The lost piano music of F.S.Kelly. He writes, “For this project to succeed I needs total of around £8000. I have raised some money already through the generous support of the Finzi Trust, but I still need help in paying for the recording studio, producer fees and record label fees. With your donations and support in spreading the word I am confident I will raise all the funds that I need to make the recording a reality. Should the completely amazing happen and my campaign is over-funded, I will use any extra money to fund further performances of Kelly’s wonderful music.” You can help back his kickstarter campaign by clicking here.

This recording by Alex Wilson will finalise the Kelly complete edition of recordings that the Flowers of War has been working on over the last five years. These first recordings will become the templates for future performances of Kelly’s works and will allow music lovers and radio listeners everywhere, to hear his music.

The next instalments to be released in the Kelly recording edition will be the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s recordings of the Orchestral works (2CDs) and the Flowers of War recordings of the complete music for two pianos, some more of the solo piano works (recorded on Australian built Stuart and Songs pianos) and the String Trio – Kelly’s most significant work, which was recorded in Brussels last May by the Septimus Trio.

Chris Latham produced all of these recordings which will be launched in 2019: Nov 11 in Canberra, Nov 12 in Melbourne and Nov 13 in Sydney. More details to follow.

The Diggers' Requiem

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The Diggers’ Requiem is a major new Australian work  which premiered on October 6 2018 to a packed house at the Llewellyn Hall in Canberra in front of the Governor General, and the ambassadors for France and Germany.  The Australian Premiere is a significant event to commemorate the end of World War One, 100 years on.

The Requiem was jointly commissioned by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), produced and directed by Christopher Latham and will be performed at Llewellyn Hall by a large orchestra and choir. The concert was recorded for CD release and broadcast by ABC Classic FM.

The soloists, composers and director Chris Latham take a bow at the Australian premiere of The Diggers’ Requiem in Canberra 2018

The soloists, composers and director Chris Latham take a bow at the Australian premiere of The Diggers’ Requiem in Canberra 2018

In an astonishing piece of musical teamwork, The Requiem has been composed by seven contemporary Australian composers working with Chris on existing and new pieces. Composers Nigel Westlake, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Mills, Graeme Koehne, Ross Edwards, Andrew Schultz and Chris have all written movements. 

 The concert was performed by the newly formed Australian War Memorial Orchestra and Choir with the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon  as well as 24 young artists selected from across Australia with French or German ancestry or WWI family connections. Seven Australian and international soloists will also perform.

The sad and cathartic March of the Death of Saul by Handel is traditionally performed at the military funeral of Commonwealth soldiers, and will open the work, followed by the Somme Lament, by Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly, who died at Beaumont-Hamel in 1916. This lament, which will represent the Battle of Pozières, was written nearby in a basement of a bombed out house in Menil-Martinsart, just two weeks before his death.

Audio recording of The Diggers’ Requiem from April 2018, Amiens, France.

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The Diggers Requiem premieres in Canberra October 6 2018

The Diggers Requiem premieres in Canberra October 6 2018

Jordan Aiken from Newcastle UK plays John Grants Lament. Diggers Requiem. Pic Graham Tidy

Jordan Aiken from Newcastle UK plays John Grants Lament. Diggers Requiem. Pic Graham Tidy

Christina Wilson mezzo-soprano and Simone Riksman, soprano sing in the Diggers Requiem pic Graham Tidy

Christina Wilson mezzo-soprano and Simone Riksman, soprano sing in the Diggers Requiem pic Graham Tidy