Celebrating a Kiwi Armistice
Aconcert encompassing all the sights, sounds and songs of war will be held to mark the centenary of Armistice Day.
Tauranga Civic Choir and Tauranga City Brass wanted to create a concert with more than just songs of the Great War— a variety concert of sorts— which will be a sensory feast, says Tauranga Civic Choir chairman Roger Clark.
Armistice Day is the day when the Allied powers and Germany signed an armistice at the close of the World War I on November 11, 1918.
AKiwi Armisticewill include songs sung by the choirwith soprano soloist Elaine Wogan, organist Phillip Smith, Leon Gray on piano, Yoshiko Tsuruta on snare drum and Jeremy Thompson on trumpet. Tom Bradley and Elizabeth Price are
the comperes and NigelWilliams is musical director.
Four video projectors will display images ofNew Zealand and Bay of Plenty aswell as images of war.
There will be also a poignant display of photos of relatives of locals and choir memberswho went to war.
As well as wartime and soldier songs there will be extras such as Land of Hope and Glory and church music of the era.
Various guestswill read excerpts from writers of World War I literature.
Songs (composed byNigel) are based on the diaries and letters of New Zealand soldiers from various battles such as Passchendaele and Gallipoli.
Astorylinewill unfold at the concert—“Start atArmistice Day 1918, then reprise to EdwardianNew Zealand; war being declared, thousands of young New Zealand volunteers heading overseas, the harsh realities of war, the diversions of music halls while on leave and songs to cheer people up and to march to, back to the realities of war, the lead to the Armistice, the evening endingwith hope and remembrance with Amazing Grace being sung by the choir, the Last Post and Sir Harry Lauder’s famous song Keep Right On To The End Of The Road which was written after his own son was killed.”
Door takings will go to Waipuna Hospice.
Elaine Wogan is solo soprano at A Kiwi Armistice concert.