Monday, 5 October 2009

Passchendaele Concert at Bruce Mason Centre

Report from Auckland:

The Passchendaele Concert at the Bruce Mason centre was sold out three weeks prior to Sunday 4 October 2009. The concert featured Auckland's four great bands, the Royal New Zealand Navy, Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, Royal New Zealand Air Force - Base Auckland and the Auckland and District Pipe Band together with guest international vocalist Celine Toner.
The audience of twelve hundred people enjoyed a wonderful performance and there was absolute silence as Lode Notredame - a Belgian living in Auckland - gave a moving thanks to the New Zealand soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice at Passchendaele on the 12th October 1917 .
The audience included the Mayor of North Shore City Andrew Williams, the New Zealand Minister of Defence Dr Wayne Mapp and First Alderman Franky Bryon and other invited dignitaries.
Profits from the concert will go to the Ranfurly Home for veteran soldiers.
It was a wonderful afternoon of world class music and of course just as the rain had earlier poured down on the outdoor opening ceremony of the exhibition the sun shone down on the indoor concert.

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