Our choristers discover Australia’s bond with Villers-Bretonneux

On Wednesday we visited the town of Villers-Bretonneux, which included the Franco-Australian Museum. With the inscription at the Victoria School Playground, “Do not forget Australia”, it seemed only fitting for the choir to proudly sing Advance Australia Fair.

It was then off to The Australian National Memorial for an afternoon rehearsal of the pre-dawn service. It is such an amazing place with an incredible feeling of history and remembrance as we honour those for what they did and what they were unable to do having paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Choristers Will Darbyshire and Julia Bruerton are interviewed by France 3 TV.

Choristers Will Darbyshire and Julia Bruerton are interviewed by France 3 TV.

The choir patiently waits for the rehearsal.

The choir patiently waits for the rehearsal at  The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux.

It was amazing to see the memorial and the organisation that goes into the commemoration services.

After rehearsal we headed to the Covered Market Hall to perform a concert for the Villers-Bretonneux community. Again, our choir received standing ovations with an encore requested. This time the choir sang Waltzing Matilda with the local school children joining in as they learn it at school. It was a wonderful night!

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Villers-Bretonneux Town Hall, notice the Australian wildlife.

Villers-Bretonneux Town Hall – notice the Australian wildlife!

Outside Covered Market Hall, Villers-Bretonneux where the choristers would perform to the local community.

Outside Covered Market Hall, Villers-Bretonneux where the choristers would perform to the local community.

An encore was requested, so the choir sung Waltzing Matilda and were joined by local school children.

An encore was requested, so the choir sung Waltzing Matilda and were joined by local school children.

Daniel O’Regan and Madeleine Price get into 'photographic mode' for a story with The Australian.

Daniel O’Regan and Madeleine Price get into ‘photographic mode’ for a story with The Australian.

Julie Christiansen, Paul Holley and the choir with the Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux.

Julie Christiansen, Paul Holley and the choir with the Mayor of Villers-Bretonneux.

Locals are treated to a concert in the

Locals are treated to a concert at the Covered Market Hall.

One thought on “Our choristers discover Australia’s bond with Villers-Bretonneux

  1. Anne O'Regan

    Thank you again for this blog. It’s wonderful to see your faces and hear your beautiful voices. Enjoy every minute!

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