Singers set to stage ambitious concert

SING: Whyalla Singers members Roslyn Baker (left) and Yvonne Carpenter.
SING: Whyalla Singers members Roslyn Baker (left) and Yvonne Carpenter.

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.

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.

Mrs Barker welcomes anyone interested to contact her on 0428 308 730.