The Diggers' Requiem

6 October 2018
7:30pm Llewellyn Hall


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The Diggers’ Requiem is a nationally significant concert jointly commissioned by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA), 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 World War One. 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.

From the performance in France in May 2018, “la voix céleste”.... singing the last words of Jeanne D'Arc, at the beginning.

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

The Diggers' Requiem Fundraising Campaign

The Diggers' Requiem is made possible in part by the generosity of many government and corporate supporters.  However, we still need your help to make up a significant shortfall and make the concert a reality.  We have set up a fundraising campaign with the Australian Cultural Fund, and we invite you to become part of this important project by making a tax deductible donation.

Any amount is appreciated, however our target is high and we would appreciate you giving whatever you can.  Donations can be anonymous, however if you choose to give your name you will be acknowledged in our programme and on our website as a valued contributor to the project. 

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About The Flowers of War Project

Remembering the lost voices of The First World War

The Flowers of War is a project to uncover, perform, discuss and celebrate the music and art that talented men and women used to cope with the horror and to mark their experiences. Over the four years marking the Centenary of World War One (2014-2018), ten concerts of recently discovered music, diaries, poetry and art are being performed in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and France, including a tour of villages of the Somme. Some concerts will be accompanied by symposia with noted experts in the field, so marking the significant centenaries of the Great War. Read More.