War Letters

Date: 7 November 2015
Venue: Ku-ring-gai Town Hall

War Letters commemorates through music, the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women in the First World War during the ANZAC centenary. Four Australian composers, representing four generations, have taken excerpts from original letters written during times of conflict, and set the words to music for singers and ensemble. The letters are filled with both hope and despair, offering deep insight into life for all involved in the war zone, but especially for family and friends receiving and sending them. War Letters explores this interface between letter writing and music, bringing into focus the day to day experiences of the men and women taken up by war.

Diana Blom - Triptych (war letters) *
Elliott Gyger - Un poilu australien *
Nicole Murphy - 'Dearest Mother...' *
Larry Sitsky - Letter from the trenches *
* World premiere

Alison Morgan  soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong  mezzo soprano  Clive Birch  bass  James Wannan  viola  Kaylie Dunstan  percussion Jo Allan  piano

The Cavalcade of History and Fashion will present a display, Home Front Keepsakes and Nurses Uniforms at the concert.

The project was made possible through funding received from the Australian Government's ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program with support from the University of Western Sydney.