The eyes of the nation were on Albany, Western Australia for four days of Anzac commemoration events from 30 October. As part of the commemorations, members of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra shared the stage with three of Australia’s favourite musical acts for a special community concert on Saturday 1 November.
Joining the orchestra on stage were celebrated Albany folk band The Waifs, along with singer-songwriters Dan Sultan and Katie Noonan. Local Albany musicians performed alongside members of WASO in the concert, which also included performances by Royal Australian Navy and New Zealand Defence Force ensembles.
A highlight of the concert was a moving performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, featuring Shaun Lee-Chen as soloist. This poignant work was written on the eve of the First World War and completed in its aftermath.
The free concert, conducted by Australian Benjamin Northey, attracted an audience of around 12,000 and was a reflective yet uplifting tribute to one of the most important periods in Australia’s history.