The Flowers of War

Community Arts & Cultural Development

The ‘Vietnam Requiem’

A concert to tell the story of this war, both abroad and at home, which will be recorded and then gifted to the nation.

Days Left

The ‘Vietnam Requiem’ concert and recording is designed to assist in healing this great wound.

The 1st half will be a fusion of iconic songs of the era featuring Little Pattie, John Schumann, the Grigoryan brothers and other popular artists.

The 2nd half will be the Requiem made by Australia’s leading composers and performers. Written by Ross Edwards, Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrew Schultz, Richard Mills, Cyrus Meurant and Graeme Koehne, we will detail the war’s chronology through music and projected images. Telling the stories of Australian and NZ personnel on the battlefield; their treatment upon returning; the effects of war on civilian medical staff and entertainers who toured; the protest movement, and the South Vietnamese refugees who fled here to freedom. All the music, plus the recording, will be freely gifted to the nation for non-commercial usage. A free version for military, amateur and educational bands will also be made.

This project will create paid employment for over 100 Australian artists.

We need to raise donations to pay the artists and those commissioned to create these works. We wish this work to be cathartic for the veterans and their families, and the South Vietnamese refugees. Acknowledging veterans’ service while they are still alive is deserved and overdue, and balancing that by also truthfully telling the story of a conflict that split a nation and forced thousands to flee their homeland is an essential part of reconciling these events.

The gifting of the recordings and the music for the work, is also intended to be a very public showcase demonstrating the true value and capacity of the Arts, at a time when we cannot be certain of any future support from the Federal Government.

The central aim of the ‘Vietnam Requiem’ is to assist in the process of healing the trauma from these events, while accurately presenting the historical facts as well as the diverse views and perspectives on the war.

The concert will premiere on Sunday, 6 June 2021, 1.30pm at Llewellyn Hall, ANU, Canberra.

Donors are being sought to underwrite the performance cost of this nationally significant work. In such uncertain times when securing arts funding is more precarious, we wish to continue to develop and deliver this work, the third in a series of seven works, all part of a national set of commemorative works which we will make over the coming six years.

Individual donors or a consortium will be recognised in the following ways:

Gifts of $2,500 will be offered the opportunity to dedicate one of the 12 movements to a veteran or someone affected by the war.

Gifts of $1,500 will support one of the soloists or the director.

Gifts of $1,000 will support one of the musicians in the orchestra or band.

Gifts under $1,000 will be listed in the program as a supporter of the ‘Vietnam Requiem’.

All donations are gratefully appreciated, and differing amounts of money can be discussed privately.


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The Flowers of War is a pacifistic project that measures the cultural costs of war, by creating potent symbols of shared loss in order to empower Australia’s ongoing diplomatic relationships.

From 2014 to the present the project has presented concerts in, or with, the following countries: France, Germany, Belgium, UK, Turkey, NZ, Holland and Austria. Australian partners include the Australian War Memorial, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the National Gallery and the National Library of Australia.

Recordings created include the first portrait CDs of Frederick Septimus Kelly, Sacrifice (a book and CD measuring the creative losses in the Somme) and the Gallipoli Symphony. Future recordings include a DVD on Monet’s wartime paintings, The Healers (an opera about the Nurses in WW1) and the Diggers’ Requiem, the second in a planned series of “Peace Symphonies”.

Christopher Latham was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Canberra, was Artist of the Year during Canberra’s Centenary year in 2013, has received the French award of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters and is artist-in-residence at the Australian War Memorial (2017-21), the first musician in that role.


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