1812 OVER­TURE AT BELLA VISTA

A free con­cert at Bella Vista Farm on No­vem­ber 11 will mark the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice, 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

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The mul­ti­ple award-win­ning Cas­tle Hill RSL Youth Wind Or­ches­tra will be joined by some Royal Aus­tralian Army “big guns” when they per­form Tchaikovsky’s ”1812 Over­ture”.

The fa­mous or­ches­tral piece was writ­ten about Rus­sia’s de­feat of Napoleon’s in­vad­ing French army in 1812 and is played at ma­jor events and fes­ti­vals around the world with ei­ther can­nons fir­ing or fire­works.

The free con­cert ends the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Day pro­gram at Bella Vista Farm on No­vem­ber 11 which will also fea­ture per­for­mances by massed pipe bands, in­clud­ing the Cas­tle Hill RSL Pipe Band, and a per­for­mance by the RNSW Lancers Band be­tween 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Pres­i­dent of the Cen­te­nary of AN­ZAC com­mit­tee, re­tired Colonel Don Tait OAM, said the con­cert was an im­por­tant event to mark the end of World War 1 on No­vem­ber 11 in 1918.

“The 1812 Over­ture ac­com­pa­nied by guns is some­thing spe­cial and will bring to a close the pro­gram to mark the Cen­te­nary of AN­ZAC”.

Dur­ing the event the 16 AN­ZAC High School Am­bas­sadors, cho­sen dur­ing the four years, will each present a short piece about a VC win­ner in World War I.

MC Gareth McCray will de­liver the speech made by the then Prime Min­is­ter Billy Hughes at the end of the war. The farm will “bloom” with ce­ramic and woollen pop­pies es­pe­cially hand made for the day.

Gates open to Bella Vista Farm at 5pm. Bring a rug and a pic­nic. There will be food and cof­fee avail­able.

Bella Vista Farm is on Eliz­a­beth Macarthur Drive. There will be am­ple park­ing avail­able.

In the morn­ing, there will be a Re­mem­brance Day Ser­vice at Cas­tle Hill RSL in the au­di­to­rium at 10.45am on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 11.

“The 1812 Over­ture ac­com­pa­nied by guns is some­thing spe­cial and will bring to a close the pro­gram to mark the Cen­te­nary of AN­ZAC”.

Cpl Terry Field, Don Tait, David Hand, Mitchell Togher and Mar­cus Chan

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