Cel­e­brat­ing a Kiwi Ar­mistice

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger

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.

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