Performing the national anthem at Shane Warne’s memorial brought back fond memories for one of Australia’s finest opera singers, with close ties to another cricketing icon.
Warne’s state funeral at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is underway, where thousands gathered to celebrate Warne’s life after he died of shock from a suspected heart attack earlier this month.
Advance Australia Fair was performed by Greta Bradman.
His surname is legendary in cricketing circles thanks to his grandfather, former Test captain and batsman Sir Don Bradman.
Greta Bradman, Sir Don Bradman’s granddaughter, performed at Shane Warne’s memorial
“Has there been anyone greater than Warnie in cricket? There might have been a guy, his name was Sir Donald Bradman,’ emcee Eddie McGuire addressed the memorial.
“How is it tonight to have Sir Donald’s granddaughter Greta Bradman.”
Cricket fans embraced the fitting tribute.
‘A well-sung hymn with a traditional twist. Thanks Greta Bradman,’ one viewer tweeted.
Another added: “This is how you sing our national anthem.” Greta Bradman sang beautifully, without the fancy trills. Like it should be.
Bradman had the honor of singing the national anthem at the memorial after meeting Warne’s grieving family on Tuesday evening.
“I especially feel for Shane’s kids today. Jackson, Summer and Brooke. I met them and Shane’s parents, Bridget and Keith last night and they’re just a beautiful, grounded, amazing family, so that’s really special to be there,’ she said. ABC Classic Breakfast the next morning.
She revealed that her late grandfather had always had a soft spot for Warne.
“I think he had real affection, not just because of what Shane could do on the cricket pitch with the ball, but just because he was so shameless himself and I think that really resonated with grandpa,” she said.
Greta Bradman, granddaughter of Sir Don Bradman sang the national anthem at Shane Warne’s funeral
She thought singing the anthem would bring back memories of singing at the grandfather’s memorial 21 years ago.
“I know it’s going to be a really emotional night for a lot of people, and especially Shane’s family, and I’ll be singing a lot for them for sure.”
The opera singer was born as Greta Bradsen after her father John changed his name to escape the inevitable bond with his father’s famous status.
Jhe family changed their last name to Bradman when Greta was a teenager.
Greta was 21 when her grandfather died in February 2021 aged 92.
It’s been 21 years since the up-and-coming opera singer performed at her late grandfather’s memorial
The mother-of-two, 43, and ABC Classic weekend radio host has previously revealed how her love of music was inherited from her famous grandfather.
“My grandfather was passionate about music. He composed music,’ Bradman told ABC’s Australian Story in 2015.
“He also had a very large record collection and was very interested in certain sopranos and conductors.
“He and I would sit and listen to his record collection and talk about it.”
She also talked about the effect her grandfather’s celebrity status had on him.
“Grandpa wouldn’t come to school concerts and things like that because he was really uncomfortable with people watching him,” she said.
“He didn’t want anything different for me.”
Greta Bradman’s rendition of the national anthem at the Shane Warne memorial has been embraced by viewers online
Greta Bradman (pictured as a child) shared a close bond with her grandfather Sir Don