Note of re­mem­brance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Tanya MacNaughton

THE WA Sym­phony Orches­tra in part­ner­ship with the Re­turned and Ser­vices League and Army Mu­seum of WA will hon­our the 100th an­niver­sary of the Gal­lipoli land­ings with an An­zac Com­mem­o­ra­tive Con­cert.

WASO, the WASO Cho­rus and guest artists in­clud­ing vi­o­lin­ist Shaun Lee Chen, so­prano Sara Ma­cliver and The Waifs singer Donna Simp­son, will present a pro­gram in­clud­ing Vaughan Wil­liams' The Lark As­cend­ing and Al­bi­noni’s Ada­gio.

RSL WA pres­i­dent Gra­ham Ed­wards said he was in full sup­port of the con­cert from the mo­ment WASO first ap­proached him with the idea.

“It’s some­thing we were keen to sup­port be­cause it’s an­other means of com­mem­o­rat­ing and re­mind­ing peo­ple of the im­por­tance of the sig­nif­i­cance of this year be­ing the cen­te­nary,” Mr Ed­wards said.

“We of course recog­nise WA is a broad and di­verse com­mu­nity and the more we can connect with var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups, the bet­ter we can, I think, get the mes­sage of com­mem­o­ra­tion across.

“Peo­ple come along to con­certs to be en­ter­tained but I hope they will be en­ter­tained in such a way that it re­minds them of the sig­nif­i­cance of this very spe­cial year.”

Mr Ed­wards, who served in Viet­nam where he was wounded twice and lost both legs, has served as RSL WA pres­i­dent for more than two years fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment as a State and Fed­eral mem­ber of par­lia­ment.

“I’ve been a mem­ber of the RSL since 1970,” he said.

“We do a lot of work for ad­vo­cacy, wel­fare work and of course have a very strong role to play in en­sur­ing the spirit of An­zac lives on.”

Con­cert­go­ers will also be able to learn more about the An­zac story be­fore and af­ter the con­cert with his­tor­i­cal dis­plays in the Perth Con­cert Hall foy­ers.

The An­zac Com­mem­o­ra­tive Con­cert is at Perth Con­cert Hall on Thurs­day, April 23 at 7.30pm.

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Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson­mu­ni­ d436325

Re­turned and Ser­vices League WA pres­i­dent Gra­ham Ed­wards with WA Sym­phony Orches­tra vi­o­lin­ist Shaun Lee Chen.

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