Gala Concert for WWI

What: A Patriotic Event, A Gala Concert commemorating the First World War

When: Sunday 19 April, 2015 @ 2pm

Where: Brisbane City Hall

Tickets: $25 adults; $15 concessions (Children 6-12years, concession card holders); $120 for group of 10 concession card holders



Australia’s fighting spirit, intense patriotism and overwhelming pride will be on full display when some of Queensland’s finest bands, choirs and musicians join forces for a rousing gala concert commemorating the First World War.

Through song, speeches and musical performances, A Patriotic Event, will recreate and celebrate the enthusiasm and community spirit demonstrated when Australians joined the First World War effort in 1914.

The concert will reprise the songs and music that were performed at the many cultural carnivals and fundraising events that were held to support the war effort. This includes the Empire Day concert held in Brisbane’s Exhibition Hall in 1916 which featured music representing the nations of the Empire such asMen of Harlech, Rule Britannia, The Marsellaise and God Save The King.

A Patriotic Event will also feature some of the more humorous songs and recitations, such as Shakespeare’s Henry V, performed by ex-soldiers at the All Khaki Concerts which were conducted by the YMCA later in the war. There will also be an address by Professor John Parn, Former Surgeon- General of the Australian Arm and Military Historian.

Concert attendees will be invited to sing along to wartime favourites including Keep the Home Fires Burning and It’s A Long Way to Tipperary led by local musicians including the Brisbane Excelsior Band, University of Queensland Pipe Band, Brisbane Celtic Fiddle Club Ensemble, local choirs and soloists John Thompson (Cloudstreet, War Horse, The Great War), Nicole Murray, Elspeth Sutherland and triple-golden fiddle award winner, violinist Emma Nixon. Philip Gearing will also be playing the spectacular Father Henry Willis Organ.

Organiser John Thompson said A Patriotic Event will recreate the atmosphere, excitement and patriotic fervour of the First World War.

“In 1914, Australia was very much a part of the British Empire. The patriotic spirit running through Queensland society was focussed by a large number of concerts, carnivals and events to both fundraise for the efforts overseas and to express support for the troops and for all of those affected by the war in Europe,” John said. “This event is about community, patriotism and, most importantly, people coming together to recreate the wartime spirit of togetherness that defined Australia in the war years.”

Held in the Brisbane City Hall Auditorium one week prior to the Gallipoli centenary, A Patriotic Eventpromises to be an energetic and inspiring celebration befitting this historic milestone.

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