M'boro musician's Anzac tributes soon to be heard by world

LEST WE FORGET: Joshua Clifford, 20, performs in honour of the Anzacs beside the cenotaph in Maryborough.
LEST WE FORGET: Joshua Clifford, 20, performs in honour of the Anzacs beside the cenotaph in Maryborough. Eliza Wheeler

WHEN Joshua Clifford performed in France near the site where Australian soldiers fought and died in the First World War, the 20-year-old felt an immediate connection to the area.

"I was singing as part of a ceremony with the Department of Veteran Affairs in the town of Allainville, as part of the 100-year commemoration," Joshua said.

"That place moved me; I did some research into Allainville and how it was connected to Australian soldiers, it was really inspiring."

The young music teacher from Maryborough said the town inspired him to write two poems, which he passed on to the conductor of the Brisbane Birralee Voices choir he was a part of.

"She really liked it and said she wanted to turn [the poems] into songs."

After crowdfunding to pay for composers, "The fields of Allainville" and "And now the war is over" will be performed in 2018 in France to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Joshua said the poems were inspired by the town's atmosphere and the role it played for Australian soldiers in the First World War.

"The town was a little away from the battlefields, so soldiers would go there to recuperate before going back to face the horrors of war," the musician said.

Joshua said he hoped his poems, soon to be music, would help keep the Anzac spirit alive across Australia and the world.

Topics:  anzac maryborough musician poetry tribute

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