Mr. Christopher Latham, Artistic Director of ‘The Flowers of War’, awarded as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters [fr]
On the 11th of November 2017, H.E Mr. Christophe Penot, Ambassador of France to Australia, conferred the insignia of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters upon Mr. Christopher Latham, Artistic Director of the ‘Flowers of War’, violinist, conductor and now the 1st musical artist in residence at the Autralian War Memorial.
The ceremony took place at the Résidence de France and was attended by the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, by Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, by Mr Kerry Stokes AC, Chairman of the Australian War Memorial, and Christopher’s family and friends.
Mr. Latham was awarded this honor in recognition of his work as the Artistic Director of ‘The Flowers of War’, a project which has revived and recovered classical music from World War I. He is unwavering in his efforts to commemorate this event in history, honouring the memory of those who served and ensuring that that the musical and cultural legacy from that time live on. Mr. Latham’s contribution to the arts is outstanding and he continues to passionately promote French culture and French music.
He is already working on his next project, the ‘Digger’s Requiem’, which will take place in 2018. The ‘Digger’s Requiem’ will include music from Australia’s leading composers and music written or performed during World War I and will premiere with the Orchestre de Picardie and musicians from the Jenaer Philharmonic - a German ensemble-, on April 23 in Amiens. This will be followed by a second edition in October 2018.