Sydney Lawyers Orchestra concert for armistice centenary

On Thursday 8 November at 7pm, the Sydney Lawyers Orchestra, supported by international law firm Bird & Bird, and the New South Wales Bar Choir will play a very special commemorative concert to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.   
Bird & Bird partner, Thomas Jones, is the founder and conductor of the Sydney Lawyers Orchestra (SLO). The SLO rehearses at Bird & Bird's office in Sydney on a regular basis, and brings in musicians from across the legal sector – including barristers, solicitors, in-house counsel, judges' associates, law students and other allied professionals. The SLO performed to over 2,000 at the opening of the International Bar Association in Sydney in late 2017, and has also performed at the High Court of Australia in Canberra.
The programme will include: 

  • Two movements of a lost orchestral work by Frederick Septimus ("Sep") Kelly.  Kelly was an immensely talented Australian-British musician, composer and sportsman, tragically killed in the Battle of the Somme in November 1916, aged 35.

  • The Agnus Dei from Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. This piece was composed for the reconsecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, and incorporates some poems of Wilfred Owen, who died in France just a week before the end of World War I. 

  • Other composers on the programme include Mozart, Elgar and J S Bach.

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