An evening of music, songs and stories from World War II hero Edward “Weary” Dunlop set within one of the most notorious prisoner-of-war camps, Changi, will form the basis of an ambitious production to be staged by the Whyalla Singers.
“The Music and Memories of Changi” will be presented as part of Anzac Day commemorations in 2018 to ensure wartime events on the island of Singapore and the many examples of human endeavour are recognised and not forgotten.
Around 50,000 allied soldiers, primarily British and Australian, were imprisoned at Changi before work parties were sent out on projects such as the then Burma-Thailand Railway.
The production will showcase a unique presentation of the Whyalla Singers combining reminiscent musical items with empowering stories and visual projections, while involving several other local organisations, according to Musical Director Roslyn Barker.
Rehearsals have already started following an outstandingly successful year topped off with a sell-out 25th anniversary concert in March.
Meanwhile, the Singers have also extended an invitation to “like-minded” community members who would enjoy singing within a group of fellow singers to be part of what is expected to be a memorable night.
Mrs Barker said that she was keen to attract some additional voices – both male and female – to help swell the Singers numbers for such a powerful performance on Saturday, April 21, leading up to Anzac Day just four days later.
“This is a rare opportunity for people not normally involved with the Whyalla Singers to join forces and play an important role in our Anzac Day commemorations,” Mrs Barker said.
Mrs Barker welcomes anyone interested in seeking more information to contact her on 0428 308 730.
Meanwhile, the Singers are still very busy with their pre-Christmas appearances including Whyalla Hospital Auxiliary Christmas carols (November 22), Copperhouse Court (November 29), Whyalla Hospital Memorial Gardens service (December 3), Iron Knob Christmas service (December 4), Myall Place Retirement Village (December 8) and Uniting Church Christmas carols service (December 17).