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May 19

Emotional concert celebrates centenary

THE Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band performed a concert at the Town Hall earlier this month entitled Northam Answers the Call.
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In the words of a local resident, “that was the best and most interesting and certainly the most emotional concert they had ever been to”.

In tune: The Perth Hills and Wheatbelt Band perform at the Northam Town Hall on October 19 as part of the Northam Answers the Call concert.

The two directors of the band, Peter Hind and Phil Robertson, contrived to link all the pieces performed into a story which reflected both the glories and the tragedies of two World Wars.

The concert on October 19 featured in its first section music from the period of World War I.

This section also featured the Northam branch of Sing Australia who gave rousing renditions of some of the old trench songs of the period accompanied by the band.

The second section featured music of the 1920s and 30s followed by the third section featuring music from 1939-45.

Memorial: A wreath left at the concert.

Themes from films such as The Longest Day and The Dambusters provided the right atmosphere for the comments which interspersed the performances.

The final section was the dedication service.

Members of the audience paid their respects to the fallen by laying wreaths in front of the simple memorial which graced the front of the stage.

The band played a selection of appropriate music which included Sunset, The Water is Wide and a superb version of the hymn Abide With Me which featured the Last Post played as a counter melody to the hymn.

The audience was asked not to applaud and the concert finished on a fine point of reflection with the band sitting motionless with their heads bowed.

The Northam Shire Council was thanked for sponsoring the event and the audience for its enthusiastic support of the performers.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.