Overview

The Flowers of War is a four year program (2015-2018) that aims to measure the cultural cost of World War One.

We will mark significant centenaries of the Great War by bringing together responses to the War by Australian, French, German and British creative artists who served and were killed, injured or otherwise gravely affected. Our particular goal is to recover and perform music that has been overlooked or lost until recently.

Discovered music

Significant examples are F.S. Kelly’s 1915 Gallipoli Sonata, found in Florence by Chris Latham; the German composer Johannes Schmiedgen’s Requiem, completed in the Somme trenches and currently being searched for; works by Botho Sigwart, a leading young German composer killed in Galicia in 1915; and Claude Duboscq, who wrote a significant amount of work while serving in the French army and who died largely forgotten in 1938.

From 2015-2018.

2015 was devoted to Gallipoli. From 2016 to 2018, we will focus mainly on the Western Front. In Australia, France and Germany, ten  events will be researched and created through Chris Latham’s Australian Anzac Fellowship, awarded to him in 2015. Three recordings will also be made of music by Kelly, Duboscq and Sigwart.

The project will conclude in 2018 with The Diggers’ Requiem, a commissioned full concert work marking the AIF’s significant Western Front battles. The Requiem will form a companion piece to the highly successful The Gallipoli Symphony, premiered in 2015 in Istanbul and Brisbane, and now in considerable demand as an ABC DVD.

Not just music....

The project crosses artistic, historical, institutional, national and audience boundaries. Its focal point is music but events will draw on other art forms, especially the visual arts and literature. Concerts in Australia will be accompanied by symposia with leading experts. The project will develop web-based resources and music together with documentary broadcasts. The Fellowship is facilitating cross-institutional collaborations between bodies such as the Australian War Memorial, the National Library of Australia, the Musée de l'Armée and Bibliotheque National de France. It will expand collections and reach, including freely available online scores and concert recordings.

 

 

RECENT CONCERTS 2017

Monet's Flowers of War, The National Gallery of Australia September 2017. Photo Peter Hislop

Monet's Flowers of War, The National Gallery of Australia September 2017. Photo Peter Hislop

The one armed clarinettist. Catherine McCorkill and Tom Azoury in The Healers, The High Court of Australia October 2017. Photo Peter Hislop

The one armed clarinettist. Catherine McCorkill and Tom Azoury in The Healers, The High Court of Australia October 2017. Photo Peter Hislop

Recent concerts 2016

Andrew Goodwin sings at the first Sacrifice - The Lost Songbirds of the Somme Concert, The High Court, Canberra 21-6-16 Photo Peter Hislop

A WWI Bugle from the Australian War Memorial

The Last Post, on a WWI bugle from the Australian War Memorial. Photo Peter Hislop

Race Against Time
Simone Riksman, soprano in The Healers,(Les Anges Blanc)  by the grave of Staff Nurse Spindler in France October 2017 during the concert season there.

Simone Riksman, soprano in The Healers,(Les Anges Blanc)  by the grave of Staff Nurse Spindler in France October 2017 during the concert season there.

Les Anges Blanc in Poperinge, France, October 2017

Les Anges Blanc in Poperinge, France, October 2017

Bapaume, France 1917 and 2017. The Victoria March re-enacted. Commemorated in 2017-The night is darkest before the dawn, November 2017 Photo AWM

Bapaume, France 1917 and 2017. The Victoria March re-enacted. Commemorated in 2017-The night is darkest before the dawn, November 2017

Photo AWM

Jason Craig playing The Reel of Tulloch, 2016 performed at the battle of the Somme by a 20 year old Canadian Piper.Photo Peter Hislop

Jason Craig playing The Reel of Tulloch, 2016 performed at the battle of the Somme by a 20 year old Canadian Piper.Photo Peter Hislop

Poster for Concert Tour of Somme Valley July 2016. Artwork Adrian Young

Poster for Concert Tour of Somme Valley July 2016. Artwork Adrian Young