100 years: A Kiwi Armistice. Remembering the sights, sounds and songs of the Great War.
The concert will feature aspects of those difficult years, including the involvement of women, the use of horses, those left behind and medical as well as military elements. The music ranges from Edwardian pomposity, to music hall songs, to hymns, to soldiers’ ditties and marching songs, to gritty songs that reveal the awfulness of war, to songs of hope for a brighter future, finishing with Sir Harry Lauder’s evergreen “Keep Right On To The End Of The Road”, written after his son had been killed in action. Musical Director Nigel Williams leads the 70-strong choir, with Philip Smith on organ, Leon Gray on piano, the Tauranga City Silver Band, Jeremy Thompson on trumpet, and Elaine Wogan, soprano. Tom Bradley and Elizabeth Price provide narration, with a montage of still shots covering pre-war New Zealand, soldiers leaving for war, wartime scenes and action, hospitals, recreation, and volunteer work.