1918 Cantata

The 1918 Cantata concert is based on Kevin O'Flaherty's poem 1918, commemorating the life of General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD (1865-1931), exploring his leadership qualities and community-mindedness. 

The 1918 Cantata is for choir, children's choir and soloists.

A 1918 Cantata Concert:
John Monash - from Melbourne to Gallipoli

At the 1918 Cantata concert held 17 May 2015 at Scotch College in Melbourne, the themes were the Australia which shaped John Monash (Melbourne, Jerilderie, Scotch College, Melbourne University, engineering, militia) and the Gallipoli landing. Far from a glorification of war, John Monash is pervaded by his dictum "Equip yourself for life, not for yourself alone but for the benefit of the community".

1918 Cantata Concert Program - May 2015 (pdf)
1918 Cantata Concert Performers (pdf)

Libretto by Kevin O'Flaherty and David I Kram, Music by David I Kram
Presented by More Than Opera.

Melbourne Chamber Choir
Members of THECHOIR
Malvern Primary School
Port Melbourne Primary School

Lisa-Anne Robinson (soprano)
Selena Pettifer (contralto)
James Penn (tenor)
Tiriki Onus (bass-baritone)

Scotch College Symphony Orchestra (Director of Music - John Ferguson)
Conductor - Dr David Kram


1918 Cantata Performances: 2011-2016


Premiere performances of 0708 – Monash' letter to all Diggers in Australian Corps on eve of 0808 – the Battle of Amiens 1918 Introduction – Kevin O'Flaherty

5 Aug - Queens Hall, Parliament of Victoria – conductor David Kram

8 Aug - 0808@Shrine – Shrine of Remembrance – conductor Hunter


8 Aug - 0808@Shrine
1918-0808 Cantata Performance – 5 Short Monash pieces – The Early Years from 1918-0808 by O'Flaherty-Kram
Premiere performance introduced by Kevin O'Flaherty
Melbourne Chamber Choir with students from Port Melbourne and Malmsbury Primary Schools conducted by David Kram


17 May - 1918 Cantata – Monash – Melbourne to Gallipoli Concert - Ian Roach Hall, Scotch College, Hawthorn
Soloists – Tiriki Onus (Bass-baritone), Lisa-Anne Robinson (Soprano), Selena Pettifer (Contralto), James Penn (Tenor) Choirs – Melbourne Chamber Choir, Members of THE CHOIR, Malvern Primary School, Pt. Melbourne Primary School, Scotch College Symphony Orchestra – Director of Music – John Ferguson Conductor – David Kram

4 Aug - Monash Leadership Forum @Scotch College
Video replay of Goodwin-0708 (2011) Queens Hall performance

5 Aug - 2015 Monash Medal presentation @Rotary Club of Melbourne
1918 – Monash Soliloquy - Tiriki Onus (+David Kram)

8 Aug - 0808@Shrine
Introduced by Kevin O'Flaherty
1918 - Grace Wilson, Deborah Cheetham (+David Kram)

8 Aug - Lemnos-Gallipoli Memorial Unveiling (Peter Corlett)
1918 - Grace Wilson, Karen van Spall (+David Kram)

12 Aug - Monash War Books launch@Australian War Memorial LAUNCH CANCELLED
1918 - Dearest Wife Tiriki Onus (+David Kram)

14 Aug - SoA-MCS@ParlHouse - Monash Lecture@ Windsor Hotel
1918 - Monash- Engineer Tiriki Onus (+DK)

6 Oct - Short Black Opera, 2015 Repertoire Concert at Melbourne Recital Hall
Tiriki Onus (+DK) Dearest Wife

24 Oct - ACT/NSW Rotary District 9710 Conference – Jindabyne
Kevin O'Flaherty – John Monash – Life and Legacy – 1918 Cantata


12 Mar - Rotary District 9800 Conference – Bendigo
1918 Cantata – introduced by Peter Rogers – President, Rotary Club of Melbourne
selected arias

27 Jul - Monash Medal 2016 presentation – RCM at Windsor Hotel
Tiriki Onus – selection from 1918

5 Aug - Monash Commemorative Service – Monash Lecture Luncheon
Tiriki Onus – selection from 1918 - Not for King and When We Win this War

8 Aug - 0808@Shrine
Selection from 1918 – Tiriki Onus - Not for King and Arise Sir John

9 Aug - 2016 Currie-Monash Dinner – Anzac Hall, Australian War Memorial
Tiriki Onus - Not for King and Kanata – honouring Indigenous Soldiers of Canada and Australia volunteers in WW1