Hon­our­ing the fallen mu­si­cians

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

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

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