Centenary of Armistice

On the beaches of Gallipoli, the Egyptian sands or the bloody fields of France, Australian soldiers and sailors served with pride during World War One. Their battles and stamina forged our notion of a modern Australian character and this special concert 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, and encouraging others to enlist and do their part. HMAS Sydney won her first battle at sea but we lost our first two submarines and 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. Anzac Day and Remembrance Day have always been a poignant and respectful day for remembrance in Australia but in this 100th year we give special thanks to those who fought for us and created the uniquely Australian Anzac spirit in those trenches far away.


Arthur Bliss - Fanfare For Heroes
Advance Australia Fair
George Butterworth - English Idyll No.1 
Trad, arr. Steven Stanke - Over the Hills
Skipper Francis - Australia will be there
Gustav Holst - Mars, the Bringer of War (from The Planets) 
Martyn Hancock (arr.) - Selections from Oh What a Lovely War
Frederick Septimus Kelly arr. Steven Stanke - Elegy In Memorium Rupert Brooke
Ernest Dillon Bell - Coo-ee! Coo-ee! We're coming from a wayback town
Arthur Morley - Be a Man, Enlist Today 
Martyn Hancock - First Victory 
Neil McBeath - My Old Bushland Home
Matthew Klohs - Ship without a Name
Lee Kernaghan - Oh Passchendaele
Kenneth Alford - The Vanished Army 
Billy Boyd - The Last Goodbye
Last Post/Reveille
Lee Kernaghan - Spirit of the Anzacs

The Royal Australian Navy Band commemorates 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. 

The music will include 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, and a minute of silence will be observed on the hour of Centenary of Armistice.


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 recent concert in regional Australia, 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.

Lieutenant Brian O'Kane, RAN and Lieutenant Matthew Klohs, RAN Conductors

FREE admission (no seating allocation)