Concert for 100 years since Armistice

By Tatura Guardian

Turaton Music Company accompanied the Shepparton Brass And Wind Band last month for a concert at Eastbank commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I.

The concert titled The Centenary of Armistice was conducted by Lachlan Gallacher and Turaton music director Shirley Ferguson, who liaised together for the items performed in the concert.

The first half of the program consisted of the band playing a variety of numbers that displayed their range of abilities.

‘‘Bill Scott did many arrangements including one for Bugle Call Rag which featured the four trumpet players and the final number before interval Africa highlighted the percussionists and complicated rhythms,’’ Jeffrey Baker said.

After interval, Turaton joined the band to sing In Flanders Field which was then followed by a medley of Anzac songs that began with It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and finished with Let Me Call You Sweetheart.

‘‘Shirley Ferguson has lately shown her talent for writing and composing and the next item was Remembrance Day written by Shirley and arranged for the band by Bill Scott,’’ Mr Baker said.

The concert concluded with Keep the Home Fires Burning and a beautiful arrangement of Abide With Me leaving the audience impressed with the skill of local talented musicians and singers.

Mr Baker said there would be another opportunity to enjoy the talent of Turaton Music Company when they once again come together for Christmas carols at Tatura and then in the Queens Garden’s, Shepparton on the Sunday evening before Christmas.