This Anzac day marks 100 years since the Gallipoli landings and we want to organise something really special to commemorate the significance of this day and the unimaginable sacrifices the ANZACs made for us.
We want to show the people of the UK, and those watching around the world, that we have not forgotten those boys. We will remember them. And what better way than through music and our culture.
At the end of the Dawn service on the 25th of April, held at Hyde Park corner, Ng?ti R?nana, will lead a mass performance of the WWI Waiata ‘E pari r? ’. We want as many people as possible to join us for this special occasion. You don’t need any experience only enthusiasm!
E Pari R? is a hauntingly beautiful Waiata written in 1918, by Paraire Tomoana. He wrote it for his relation Maku-i-te-Rangi Ellison whose son, Whakatomo Ellison, died in the First World War. He expressed not only the feelings of Maku, but of a nation grieving and saying goodbye to their boys.
How to get involved:
Please register your interest with RSVPLondon@mfat.govt.nz.
Just send us your name and email address and we’ll let you know all the possible rehearsal times. You don’t have to attend all the rehearsals, just whenever you can make it.
Draft Rehearsal timetable (subject to change)
Every Wednesday (beginning 11/03/2015) evening (6:30 – 7:45pm) on the ground level of New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, SW1Y 4TQ, join us to learn this Waiata. Please let us know at RSVPLondon@mfat.govt.nz in advance if you’ll be attending and we’ll give you more information. Spaces are limited at these rehearsals.
Extra dedicated rehearsal times in the Penthouse of New Zealand House:
Thursday 19th March: 12:30 -2pm
Friday 20th March: 7:00 – 8:30am
Friday 10th April: 7:00 – 8:30pm
Thursday 16th April: 7:00 – 8:30am
Saturday 18th April: 10am – 4pm
To get inspired please see a You Tube clip of E Pari R? here.
Please find more information on the Dawn service here.