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A Trans-Tasman Project - 2 Concerts.
Two special Trans-Tasman concerts commemorating World War One are being performed in Masterton just before Anzac Day this year.
This initiative from NZ Pacific Studio (NZPS) and Friends of ANZAC Bridge, with support from Trust House, has resulted in two koha performances of ‘For King and Country’ at St. Matthew’s Church.
The concerts are led by NZ-born and Australian resident Christine Yardley, the 2017 ANZAC Bridge Fellow at NZ Pacific Studio (NZPS) near Mt. Bruce, which is an international centre open year-round for artists and writers to create.
‘For King and Country’, a concert of the songs, music, poetry that inspired the courage and bravery of ANZAC soldiers during the Great War, was devised and first performed in Australia by the Loosely Woven group of instrumentalists and singers, to which Christine Yardley belongs. The NZ performance will have contributions from both sides of the Tasman.
As part of her NZPS fellowship, Christine Yardley has arranged for a New Zealand component of songs, letters and stories alongside the Australian show content - to be performed by Wairarapa singers and musicians organised by Dr. Rob Maunsell, an NZPS board member and lead singer of Grafia and by Australian members of the Loosely Woven group.
Christine Yardley arrived at the NZ Pacific Studio artists' residency centre on 11 April and went straight to work on 12 April, making clay poppies with children at Mauriceville School. The poppies will be part of the Anzac Day service at the ANZAC Memorial Bridge at Kaiparoro from 2-3pm on 25 April.
The ANZAC bridge is nearby NZ Pacific Studio and NZPS was instrumental in its restoration.
Yardley will be holding several community workshops to gather family letters, stories and poems for possible inclusion in the concerts. She also hopes to work with a local Maori group so Maori music from the period can be included.
A ceramic artist and art therapist based in Sydney, Christine Yardley is the great-granddaughter of Christopher Burton and played as a child at Normandell, the Kaiparoro home he built in 1911, where NZPS has been based since 2001.
She says: “I am excited by the prospect of utilising my art therapy experience and musical abilities in across Tasman project honouring the Anzac spirit.”
The ANZAC Bridge Fellowship at NZPS has been awarded since 2006. The 2016 recipient author Philippa Werry linked Friends of ANZAC Bridge Kaiparoro with the Friends of the Brooweena War Memorial Bridge, at the township in Queensland about 260km north of Brisbane. The two Friends organisations have swapped flags and Brooweena has already erected a second flagpole to fly the NZ Flag at their service this Anzac Day.
Entry to the concerts are by koha.
Entry to the memorial service on Anzac Day free of charge.
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