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2014: ANZAC Reflections

posted 18 Jan 2014, 15:08 by Karsten Benz   [ updated 1 Jan 2015, 12:12 by Cantando Choir ]

We invite you to come along and enjoy our annual ANZAC Reflections at 2.30pm on Friday 25 April, in the peaceful and picturesque setting of the pavilion at Hamilton Gardens.

ANZAC Reflections features a special programme of beautiful music and readings commemorating those who have given their lives in conflicts throughout the world, and reflecting on the effect war has on us all.

World Premiere:

Cantando choir proudly premieres the specially commissioned work,
A Call to Arms, by David Hamilton, one of New Zealand's most widely performed composers.  This commissioned work has been made possible by a generous grant from the Lotteries Commission, honouring this year's First World War centenary.  The poetic texts set to music speak of “those who were intimately involved with the war” .

Its performance by choir, piano and baritone soloist creates a poignant musical experience.

The choir also performs For the Fallen by Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins. This setting of Laurence Binyon's famous ode honouring the war dead is a simple but stirring anthem.

Other significant selections in the 2014 programme are Mendelssohn's sacred choral piece How Lovely are the Messengers and Shackley's modern arrangement of the ancient devotional text Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.

Cantando choir is led by Rupert D'Cruze and accompanied by Melanie Lina. Soloist performers are: Clive Lamdin (Narrator); Clinton Fung (Baritone); Bill Stoneham, Hiro Kobayashi (Trumpet); David Woodcock, Emma Cardwell (Trombone).

Contact: Theresa Guzzo ( for further information about the concert.


A special parking area and easy wheelchair access to the pavilion have been organised for individuals or groups from retirement homes or villages.

Contact: Janet Hanfling ( for further information about the concert.

Tickets: $15 (from Cantando Choir members or pay at the door (cash or cheque)

Children under12: Free

 Narrator Clive Lamdin
 Baritone Clinton Fung    
 Trumpet Bill Stoneham, Hiro Kobayashi
 Trombone David Woodcock, Emma Cardwell
 Piano Melanie Lina
 Conductor Rupert D'Cruze
 Vaughan Williams All People that on Earth do Dwell (Old 100th)
 David Hamilton    
 A Call to Arms
 Colin Gibson Hymn for ANZAC Day
 trad. arr’d Shackley Let all mortal Flesh Keep Silence
 Woods God Defend NZ
 John Williams Schindlers List Theme
 Mendelssohn How Lovely are the Messengers (St. Paul)
 Marta Keen Homeward Bound
 Karl Jenkins For the Fallen
 Scholefield The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended   

ANZAC 2014 Reflections Poster