UQ’s School of Music will host a performance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War (1914–18).
UQ’s School of Music will host a performance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War (1914–18).
29 October 2014

As Remembrance Day approaches on November 11, The University of Queensland will reflect on the tragedies of the Great War through music.

UQ’s School of Music will host a performance on Sunday, 2 November at the QPAC Concert Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the onset of the First World War (1914–18) and pay tribute to those who died in the line of duty.

School of Music Head Professor Margaret Barrett said student recipients of 2014 scholarships and prizes would present works that had long been associated with themes of remembrance and reflection.

She said the UQ Symphony Orchestra and UQ Chorale would jointly perform works written in the years leading up to the Great War – Elgar’s Enigma Variations and George Butterworth’s Orchestral Rhapsody A Shropshire Lad.

“The latter was premiered in 1913, just three years before Butterworth was tragically killed in the Battle of the Somme,” Professor Barrett said.

“A Shropshire Lad was his final completed orchestral work. At the start of the First World War, Butterworth volunteered immediately as a private.

“He earned the Military Cross in July of 1916 for his courage and heroism in the Somme; however, one month later he was killed by sniper fire.

“Though Butterworth’s life was short, he established himself firmly in the canon of early 20th century English composers.”

This year’s winner of the Bachelor of Music Merit Scholarship, first-year student Heidi Chan, is one of the performers on Sunday.

“Several years ago, during a performance of my composition Serene on Remembrance Day, I felt the healing power of music in the audience and me. Music transforms conflicts into peace and sorrows into serenity,” she said.

“In this concert, the unity of voices and the orchestra is a musical reflection of the possibility of a harmonious relationship among people from different parts of the world, and reconciliation with one’s self.

“To me, this concert allows us to have a moment to remember our ancestors’ legacies and sacrifices, grant eternal rest to the past, and celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.”

Mozart’s final unfinished masterpiece, Requiem Mass in D Minor concludes the program.

Professor Barrett said the concert was the School of Music’s culminating performance for the year and demonstrated the expertise students had acquired through their studies.

“Students in the Bachelor of Music program have many opportunities to perform in ensemble and as soloists throughout the year,” she said.

“This concert is one in which students and audience members may connect through music to larger themes of life and learning.”

The performance will be directed by Warwick Potter and Graeme Morton AM.

Further details here or email concerts@uq.edu.au

Media: Professor Margaret Barrett, ph +61 7 3365 3513 / 0407 091 911, m.barrett@uq.edu.au, or Kristen Johnston (Faculty communications) +61 7 3346 1633, k.johnston@uq.edu.au