A CONCERT with a haunting connection to the tragedy of the First World War will be performed in Terang next month.
The organ and choral recital at the Thomson Memorial Presbyterian Church will include two organ pieces that were originally performed by the church’s former organist George Hewitt Gray for a fund-raising concert nearly 100 years ago in 1913.
Mr Gray was the church’s organist from 1910-1916 before enlisting as part of reinforcements for the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in the First World War.
Within a few weeks of arriving in Europe in 1917, he was killed at the battle of Brooseinde Ridge in Belgium.
A year before he had married Muriel Harrison, a member of the choir at Thomson Memorial and they had a daughter Yvonne.
Mrs Gray went on to follow in the footsteps of her late husband and became the church’s organist in 1924, serving in the role for 25 years.
The church’s present organist Robert Craven said he had recently found the program for the 1913 concert in one of Mr Gray’s old music books and had taken up his wife Marion’s suggestion to incorporate a tribute to Mr Gray in a forthcoming concert by acclaimed guest organist Dominic Perissinotto from St Patrick’s Bascilia in Fremantle, which has a renowned church organ.
The tribute, in which Mr Perissinotto will perform two organ pieces performed by Mr Gray in the 1913 concert, will be part of a wider organ and choral recital at Thomson Memorial Presbyterian Church from 7.30pm on Friday, October 11.
Other performances on the night will include a choir, which will sing a harvest festival anthem, and a solo by the church’s minister Reverend Peter Phillips who will sing The Lost Chord.
Tickets are $15 and children will be admitted free.