1812 OVERTURE AT BELLA VISTA

Cpl Terry Field, Don Tait, David Hand, Mitchell Togher and Marcus Chan
Cpl Terry Field, Don Tait, David Hand, Mitchell Togher and Marcus Chan

A free concert at Bella Vista Farm on November 11 will mark the Centenary of Armistice, 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

The multiple award-winning Castle Hill RSL Youth Wind Orchestra will be joined by some Royal Australian Army “big guns” when they perform Tchaikovsky’s ”1812 Overture”.

The famous orchestral piece was written about Russia’s defeat of Napoleon’s invading French army in 1812 and is played at major events and festivals around the world with either cannons firing or fireworks.

The free concert ends the Centenary of Armistice Day program at Bella Vista Farm on November 11 which will also feature performances by massed pipe bands, including the Castle Hill RSL Pipe Band, and a performance by the RNSW Lancers Band between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

President of the Centenary of ANZAC committee, retired Colonel Don Tait OAM, said the concert was an important event to mark the end of World War 1 on November 11 in 1918.

“The 1812 Overture accompanied by guns is something special and will bring to a close the program to mark the Centenary of ANZAC”.

During the event the 16 ANZAC High School Ambassadors, chosen during the four years, will each present a short piece about a VC winner in World War I.

MC Gareth McCray will deliver the speech made by the then Prime Minister Billy Hughes at the end of the war. The farm will “bloom” with ceramic and woollen poppies especially hand made for the day.

Gates open to Bella Vista Farm at 5pm. Bring a rug and a picnic. There will be food and coffee available.

Bella Vista Farm is on Elizabeth Macarthur Drive. There will be ample parking available.

In the morning, there will be a Remembrance Day Service at Castle Hill RSL in the auditorium at 10.45am on Sunday, November 11.