6 Oct 2018
The Diggers’ Requiem is a major new Australian work and a concert not to be missed. 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 Chris Latham and will be performed at Llewellyn Hall by a large orchestra and choir. The concert will be recorded and broadcast by ABC FM.
In an astonishing piece of musical teamwork, The Requiem has been composed by seven contemporary Australian composers working with Chris Latham on existing and new pieces. Composers Nigel Westlake, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Mills, Graeme Koehne, Ross Edwards, Andrew Schultz and Christopher Latham have all written movements.
The concert will be performed by the newly formed Australian War Memorial Orchestra and Choir with the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon as well as 28 young artists selected from across Australia with French or German ancestry or WWI family connections. Seven Australian and international soloists will also perform.