Honouring the fallen musicians
MUSIC is supposed to be good for the memory and good for the soul.
This has Fremantle pianist Jenny Warren hoping that bringing a collection of musicians together for a performance next month will help people remember the sacrifices the men and women of World War I made.
Warren has brought together a number of performers, including Jay Weston, Bronwyn Wallis, Emily Clements and Sally Boud for Forgotten Heroes of WWI, at the Fremantle Town Hall, as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival.
The event will also include poetry reading from Victoria Cole and Robin Warren, the grandniece and nephew of Victoria Cross recipient John Fox-Russell, who is also Warren’s uncle.
Warren said the concert would include vocal and instrumental classical music inspired by Ivor Novello, Vaughan Williams and Fritz Kreisler.
“The title of the concert was inspired by my uncle, who as a young doctor, kept on going out under fire to save lives until he was killed,” she said. “He was awarded a VC for his bravery and was written about as a forgotten hero of military medicine.
“This made me think about the forgotten composers, some of whom were penning their last works in the trenches.”
She said the composers had all served, or had been affected in some way by the war.
“All together it will be a varied and enjoyable concert, with something to suit everyone,” she said.
“The main thing is to raise funds and awareness for Legacy, who does so much good for today’s returning soldiers and their families.”
Forgotten Heroes of WWI is at the Fremantle Town Hall on May 10 from 5-7pm as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Part proceeds will go to Legacy. Visit www.fremantlestory.com.au for more information and tickets.
This made me think about the forgotten composers, some of whom were penning their last works in the trenches