Choir hits right note for peace

September 05, 2017

Singers to sing: Choir 36 Degrees South members Kerry Cameron, Jill McCormack, Diana Flora Padron Novoa, Sue Birrell and Robin Pettigrew are looking forward to the performance.

Choir 36 Degrees South will soon take to the stage for the world premiere of PEACE — A Cantata for John Monash at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

The Shepparton-based choir has been practising since the start of the year and members are confident they would hit all the right notes at Saturday’s performance.

They will be among more than 200 singers from choirs across Victoria and will be accompanied by a full orchestra.

36 Degrees South’s Wade Gregory said David Kram’s Peace: A Cantata for John Monash outlined the life of Australia’s most famous military commander of World War I.

Mr Monash planned the allied attack at the Battle of Amiens in northern France in August 1918, which led to the end of the war. For 36 Degrees South’s newest member Diana Flora Padron Novoa, who comes from Venezuela, the performance was exciting.

Ms Padron Novoa joined the choir two weeks ago and was looking forward to spreading the message of peace through song.

Mr Kram said creating a piece that captured Mr Monash’s life was wonderful.

‘‘He was an inspiring man,’’ he said.

‘‘It wasn’t hard to come up with the musical themes and colours to express this great man’s life.’’

36 Degrees South will perform at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on Saturday at 6.30pm.

For information about PEACE — A Cantata for John Monash see www.johnmonashpeaceconcert.com/

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