Music Tour Brings History to Life
The 2018 Concordia College Music Tour saw a group of 29 students and staff travel through France and Belgium in July, performing concerts and taking part in ceremonies to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Musical highlights included concerts at churches in Pozieres, Le Hamel, Dernancourte, Herlies and Paris (La Madeleine), as well as outdoor performances at the Markt Square in Ypres (Belgium) and the chance to play the Australian national anthem as part of the La Flamme ceremony under the Arc de Triomphe. Add to these experiences visits to famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame and Disneyland – Paris, and it is fair to say this really was the trip of a lifetime!
As well as performing to highly appreciative audiences in some incredible European locations, students also learned about the history of this part of the world in quite a tangible way and were reminded of Australia’s involvement in the battles on the Western Front. For several students including Eamonn, whose story was featured in The Messenger, the trip presented an opportunity to visit the graves of relatives as the tour group paid their respects to those who had given the ultimate sacrifice in service of their country.