Singing to remember
When she’s performing the national anthem this Anzac Day, Musician Rachel Shead, of the Royal Military College Band, will likely be singing to the smallest audience of her career, but with the most people watching.
It will be the second Anzac Day performance at the Australian War Memorial for the Army singer, originally from the Blue Mountains.
The size of the audience doesn’t matter, according to Musician Shead, who said the day’s significance was marking the fallen.
“For me, Anzac Day means remembering the people who gave their lives so we can have the lives we do today,” she said.
“It’s always a huge honour to be singing our national anthem, but particularly now at a time when it’s easy to forget, it’s an honour to be part of a service that remembers.”
Along with previous performances at the AWM, Musician Shead has sung at national services in Belgium in 2017 and 2018, something she said was a huge privilege.
“Preparations for Anzac Day this year have been a lot more lonely than usual,” she said.
“It’s been less obvious how many people are involved at first, but doing the things we can in person and virtually, in the ways that we can, is still a reminder that there are lots of people who celebrate this important day.”