On Friday, the choir enjoyed a day of rest and sunshine in Amiens before the massive and significant day that would be Anzac Day.
Some visited the sights of Amiens including the magnificent Amiens Cathedral while others took the opportunity to find the graves of their ancestors who never returned home.
As part of the free time, chorister Alana Evans checked out the Museum of the Great War in Péronne with fellow choristers Sam Bosa and Liam Nolan.
Alana noted: This museum focused on the plight of the French soldiers and the aid they received from their allies from England, Australia and even India. There were many images of the soldiers and insight into the impact of the war on both the soldiers and the civilians. A highlight was artwork by Otto Dix and a reflective area on the sounds of war. The images and sounds highlighted the difficulty of fighting in the darkness of night and the reliance of the soldiers on their other senses such as sound and smell. It was an insightful visit.
Friday evening, the choir attended a mayoral reception, and then wowed the crowds on the steps of Amiens Town Hall.
The anticipation of Anzac Day was well and truly building for our choristers, helped by Amiens being full of Australian and French flags. The lights on this tower reminded us why we are here!
The choir had an early night ready for a very early start – on the bus at 1.30am and then onto The Australian National Memorial.
More to come, including an inclusive wrap of our Anzac Day experience.