LAUNCH: THE OZY YOUTH CHOIR ”POUR LE DEVOIR DE MÉMOIRE 2020 (THE DUTY OF REMEMBRANCE)” TOUR
The OZY Youth Choir Honouring Defence Service is launching its second singing tour of the Western Front in December 2020.
After the success of their first singing Remembrance Tour, to mark the end of the Centenary of ANZAC in December 2018, the “Pour le devoir de mémoire 2020 (Duty of Remembrance)” Tour will see the choir take another group of 20 young people to sing on the Western Front as part of our collective duty of remembrance for the next generation.
From the emotion of laying a wreath and singing at the Revival of the Eternal Flame at the Arc De Triumph. Singing in the trenches and holding commemorative services at memorials on the battlefields each day. The lighter side of singing Christmas Carols in the Bayeux Cathedral and exploring Paris Disneyland. This is a unique opportunity to honour and strengthen Franco-Australian relations and to continue to teach young people the importance of our shared memory.
More than a choir, we, The OZY Youth Choir Honouring Defence Service, bring music and history together to inspire and develop young leaders with a focus on commemoration, education and welfare. We bring civilians, veterans and current serving defence families together in regional and rural areas across Australia through the arts. Our unique choir gives everyone a place to belong (regardless of where they are posted) and a place to shine.
Practicing mostly online, we come together to perform for local, national and international events. We are a seriously fun choir with a community spirit bringing the spirit of the Aussie bush to the stage. While we take commemoration seriously, we are a little bit quirky or “larrikin" and like to have fun just like the Singin’ Soldiers of WWI (as CJ Dennis put it)!
We estimate that the cost of the tour per child will be about $10,000 each, this first goal of $50,000 will go towards the initial cost of deposit.