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By Mick Jensen - 31 October, 2018. - One hundred years since the signing of World War One's Armistice will be marked by two special concerts in Ashburton later this month.

The remembrance concerts at Ashburton Trust Event Centre will feature big band music, song and dance. Called, For The Fallen, the performers include the 19-piece Garden City Big Band.

The band will perform a range of songs, including war themed classics and music from the likes of Glen Miller. Also included in the show are the MSA Men's Choir directed by Ange Cresswell, Ashburton College's Phoenix Rising and Ashburton College dancers.

The concerts will celebrate music from both wars. Old favourites like We'll Meet Again, Pack Up Your Troubles, and Keep The Home Fires Burning will be sung, while the band will perform toe tapping items such as String Of Pearls, In The Mood and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.

The MSA Men's Choir couldn't let the milestone in history pass unnoticed, said director Ange Cresswell. "We decided that there was no better commemoration than a concert to remember our fallen soldiers and to celebrate the freedom that they paid the ultimate price for. "The show will showcase the choir of course, but we have been fortunate in getting the Garden City Big Band to bring the music of the times as well. "No other sound, better depicts the era than the big band,'' she said.

The concerts would feature audience "sing alongs'' in some brackets and anyone wanting to wear dress from the war era and any family medals was invited to do so. The MC for the shows is Ashburton's own Kevin Soster, who will read excerpts from war poems and letters between items.

There will also be a guest appearance by Ashburton Cadet Unit. For The Fallen will be performed at 7.30pm on November 10 and 2.30pm on November 11. Tickets from the venue or ticketdirect.co.nz.


The MSA Men's Choir is the host of For The Fallen 

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