Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.

A concert of poetry and music


A concert of poetry and music

  • Date: Friday, 29 May 2015, 7:30pm
  • Venue: St John's Church (Reid, Canberra) — Cnr Constitution Ave and Anzac Park West), Reid, ACT
  • Tickets: By donation

Event Details

A concert of poetry and music to mark the Centenary of the distinguished poet Michael Thwaites, with international pianist Penelope Thwaites.

The program concludes with the premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Penelope Thwaites, commissioned by the Friends of St John’s with the St John’s Choir and visiting choristers. Soloists: Colin Milner (tenor) and Veronica Thwaites-Brown (mezzo soprano), conducted by Sheila Thompson.

MICHAEL THWAITES AO (1915-2005) is known as one of Australia’s most distinguished poets. He was the first Australian to be awarded the Kings Medal for Poetry as well as winning Oxford’s Newdigate Prize when a Rhodes Scholar.  His war poetry came out of his active service in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.  Subsequent poems delineate his strong feeling for Australia, its nature and its history, as well as expressing his humour and his faith.  Michael and his wife Honor were long-time parishioners of St John’s. Together they wrote the national hymn For Australia.


Featured non-Australian music: Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Scriabin, German

Further information for this event is available by phone on (02) 6248 8399

Featured Australian Works

Missa Brevis : choir by Penelope Thwaites — World premiere

User reviews & comments

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions or insights about this event.

To post your comment please login