Sunday was another day of rehearsals for our choristers at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux. Conductor Jenny Moon said the choristers are singing very well, but the significance of the occasion has well and truly set in.
Our choristers are having a well deserved break from rehearsals today (Monday) prior to Tuesday.
Chorister, Lauren Woolrych: “I would love to say that working with all of the people at Villers-Bretonneux in preparation for Anzac Day has been a pleasure. I am really excited for Anzac Day as I get the opportunity to pay respect to my past relatives and also other Australians that have given so much to protect us.”
Chorister Caitlin Freeman: “Yesterday was a great, but exhausting day. We had rehearsals at Villers-Bretonneux where we ran through the service and the program. I came prepared for the cold by wearing nine layers all together but after lunch it warmed up and we ended up not needing them anyway. It was pretty tiring because it was a lot of sitting around and waiting. I am so excited for Anzac Day and I can’t wait to represent all those fallen soldiers and my country. After all of the memorials we have visited and the museums we have seen, I think we all have a bit more of an understanding as to what it was like. This makes the experience so much more worthwhile and memorable. I can’t wait to do my family proud and wear my relatives’ medals. I am so proud of them and their sacrifice.”
While the choristers were working hard rehearsing, some of our choristers’ parents checked out the local sites. Margaret Warren found Jules Verne, the French novelist’s house Sunday afternoon in Amiens. This is a picture of the five floor spiral staircase to the attic which she climbed!
Today, Monday, has included more exploring, with a visit to Vimy Ridge. We’ve also been told that the choir snuck into the acoustically and visually stunning The Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Amiens to perform a few songs.
And just a reminder for those in Australia, the Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux will be broadcast from 1.30pm – 2.45pm on the ABC tomorrow (25 April).
All the best to our choristers for the big day tomorrow. They will perform at the Anzac Day Dawn Service, followed by the centenary service of the Battle of Bullecourt, later in the afternoon.
We know they’ll do us proud!
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