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1918-2018 Centenary of Armistice

12 November 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT

The Royal Australian Navy Band will commemorate the Centenary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War One in a special concert that pays tribute to those who fought, the families and communities left behind, and their legacies. 

On the beaches of Gallipoli, the waters of the Indian Ocean or the bloody fields of France, Australian soldiers and sailors served with pride and courage during World War One.

Their battles and stamina forged our notion of a modern Australian character and this recording from the Royal Australian Navy Band pays tribute to those who fought for King and Country, to those left behind to keep the home fires burning, and pays respect to their legacies.

Volunteers were called from far and wide, singing Australia will be there as they sailed away from home, and patriotic songs were sung around the family piano to lift the spirits of those remaining, encouraging others to enlist and do their part.

HMAS Sydney won her first battle at sea but we lost our first two submarines with all those aboard. More than 60,000 Australians were killed over the four year war and more than 150,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

Remembrance Day has always been a poignant and respectful day reflection by Australians however in 2018, this 100th year since the signing of the Armistice that ended the first ‘Great’ War, we give special thanks to those who fought for us and created the uniquely Australian Anzac spirit in those trenches far away.

The music of the upcoming album includes World War 1 patriotic recruitment songs (Australia Will Be There, Oh What a Lovely War, and more), fanfares, marches, Mars by Gustav Holst, a newly commissioned work First Victory by Martyn Hancock honouring the Sydney-Emden WW1 battle, and Ship Without a Name by Matthew Klohs, written in memory of Australian WW1 submarines AE1 and AE2.

Ode To the Fallen, Last Post and Reveille will sound live on stage at City Recital Hall, and a minute of silence will be observed on the hour of Centenary of Armistice.

Ensemble: Royal Australian Navy Band

The Royal Australian Navy Band is one of Australia’s most recognised and valued military ensembles. From the entry of the first RAN fleet into Sydney Harbour in 1913 to a concert in regional Australia yesterday, the RAN Band has added ceremony, prestige and spirit to the activities and reputation of Australia’s naval defence force for more than 100 years.

At home and abroad, the band provides a visible outreach of the RAN far beyond a ship at sea and is a reminder of the place in our communities for a respected and protective defence force.

Conductors: Lieutenant Brian O’Kane, RAN and Lieutenant Matthew Klohs, RAN

MC and Narrator: Mr. Mike Carlton



Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra
William Herbert Place
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia