The Aorangi Symphony Orchestra proudly presents a unique World War One commemoration concert, featuring orchestral works related to the conflict and the theme of war.
We wish to commemorate a little-known but significant battle, the Battle of Romani, which took place in the Sinai Desert in August 1916, involving large numbers as ANZACs as well as the Auckland Mounted Battalion.
Two composers in tonight’s programme served in the Great War: Maurice Ravel was a lorry driver in the Thirteenth Artillery Regiment, and Ralph Vaughan Williams was a medical orderly and subsequently a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery.
The programme is as follows:
Marcel Dupré - Poeme Heroique Op.33 (1935) for Organ, Brass and Field Drum, dedicated to the Battle of Verdun.
Maurice Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-1917), each movement dedicated to a fallen soldier.
Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending (1914/1921).
Dimitri Shostakovich - Symphony No.5 in D Minor, Op 47 (1937).