Pipers to play on Remembrance Day at Cowra Peace Bell

Bagpipers across Australia will be part of an international commemoration on November 11 to mark the signing of the Armistice in World War One.

They will honour the service and memory more than 2000 Allied pipers who were killed in the war and many more who were wounded and served in four years of conflict at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

At 5pm, as Centenary of Anzac commemorations remember the final day of the war, at memorials across Australia, pipers and bands will play The Battle’s O’er, a tune composed century ago to honour those who served and to this day, regularly played by bands the world over.

This includes Cowra, with a performance by the Orange Regional Conservatorium Pipers at the Cowra Peace Bell on Sunday at 5pm. 

Australia’s participation in the international commemoration is being co-ordinated by Pipe Bands Australia and is timed to coincide with pipers in Britain and across Europe playing The Battle’s O’er at the time the Armistice was signed at 6am in the Northern Hemisphere.

Orange Regional Conservatorium Pipers member, Kerrie French, said The Battle’s O’er is a tune synonymous with the spirit of Anzac.  

“Anzac Day and other commemorative events in our community each year are important times to reflect on the service of earlier generations and each year, as pipers, we are honoured to be part of local services and marches,” Kerrie said. 

“The Battle’s Over commemoration will involve hundreds of pipers across Australia in a final act of remembrance for the Centenary of Anzac.

“The bagpipe tune Battle’s O’er is part of the Anzac story - a tune always in the piper’s repertoire that allows us as musicians to continue sharing the stories of Anzac, honour and gratitude to those who have served over the last century.”