Brisbane Grammar School students Hugo Richardson in Year 11, Louis Backstrom in Year 12 and Jack Woolrych in Year 9 will sing in the Anzac Day Commemoration Choir at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial in France.
They are part of 31 Voices of Birralee teenage choristers performing at two of Australia’s most significant commemorative events: the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, and at the 100th anniversary service at The ‘Digger’ Memorial, Bullecourt, alongside the Australian Army Band.
Students Hugo Richardson in Year 11, Louis Backstrom in Year 12 and Jack Woolrych in Year 9 will sing at Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial in France. They are pictured in front of the BGS WWI honour board in the school’s Great Hall.
BGS Head of Music Peter Ingram said some villages in and around Villers-Bretonneux continued to fly the Australian flag today because of what the Australian soldiers did on the Western Front in World War I.
“Some of these heroes were BGS Old Boys and so our three students are truly taking a pilgrimage of great significance to BGS,” he said. “They will very much be representing BGS as well as Australia.”
In addition to the Anzac Day services, the students will be involved in pre-commemorative performances, including lighting the torch honouring the Unknown Soldier at the base of the Arc De Triomphe in Paris, the British Embassy in Paris, and memorial concerts in several regional French communities.
Mr Ingram said Hugo, Louis and Jack were outstanding musicians, completely committed to their music activities at BGS, especially the Choral Program.
“All three boys are in the School’s top vocal ensemble, the Grammarphones, which will be one of the featured choirs at the upcoming Pemulwuy National Male Voices Festival in June this year,” he said. “This event, to be held in Brisbane, has the theme of “Voices from the Trenches” and will feature music inspired by the heroics of the very men the three boys will be honouring on their Anzac trip.”
The Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, will be telecast on ABC Television on Tuesday 25 April 2017.