From an episode of SmartArtsPresented by Richard Watts


SmartArts: Deborah Cheetham Fraillon's War Requiem

On Saturday evening, as votes for the referendum are counted across the country, beloved Yorta Yorta soprano and composer Deborah Cheetham Fraillon AO and members of the Dhungala Children’s Choir will be taking to the stage of Hamer Hall alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Deborah’s piece Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace, sung entirely in the language of the Gunditjmara people, brings focus to a dark period of Australia’s colonial past that has yet to be fully reconciled.

She joined Richard on SmartArts to talk about the performance.

“It was planned well in advance of the date of the referendum, but I’m glad. For myself, I also sing in the work, it will be an empowering space to be in and I think on Saturday night there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.”

photo credit: Supplied by MSO.

Listen to SmartArts: Deborah Cheetham Fraillon's War Requiem12:2412 October 2023