Activity 38: Digger's requiem progresses

In celebration of Peace and in remembrance of all WWI soldiers and civilian victims, Orchestre de Picardie (FR), Jenaer Philharmonie (DE), Choeur régional Hauts-de-France (FR) and Brisbane Birralee Voices (AUS) will premiere The Diggers’ Requiem. This commemorative piece has jointly been commissioned by the Australian Ministry of Veteran Affairs and the Australian Memorial War Museum. Artistic director Chris Latham is in charge of the project.

The word “digger” is a military slang term for soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. As part of the hundred anniversary of ANZAC day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), The Diggers’ Requiem will be premiered on 23 April 2018.

On 21 April 2017, Orchestre de Picardie welcomed an Australian delegation and local guests to introduce the project and create awareness.Orchestre de Picardie was pleased to welcome Major General Dave Chalmers, from the Commemorations & War Grave Division, Tim Sullivan, from the Australian War Memorial, Josh Young, Consul of Australia to France and Harriet O'Malley, From the Australian Embassy in France.

As the newspaper "Courrier Picard" was among the invited medias, Orchestre de Picardie had the pleasure to read an article about it's Digger's Requiem gathering this monday 24th of April.

Read the article (in French)