Following the recent international premiere at Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Irene, the Gallipoli Symphony is coming to Australia for a special one-off performance on Tuesday, 24 November 2015 at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane.
Ten years in the making, the Symphony is the culmination of a unique musical collaboration between 11 acclaimed composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Commissioned by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2006 as part of the Anzac Centenary national programme, the Gallipoli Symphony tells the story of the Gallipoli Campaign through music.
While attendees at Gallipoli Dawn Services over the past 10 years have heard individual movements from the Symphony performed as part of the pre-service reflective program, November will be the first time the complete symphony is to be performed in Australia by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and conducted by acclaimed maestra Jessica Cottis.
Gallipoli Symphony music director Chris Latham said he hopes the Gallipoli Symphony will become for Australia, New Zealand and Turkey the equivalent of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, as a unique commemorative work telling the shared story of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
Information about the Symphony and tickets to the Australian premiere can be purchased at the Gallipoli Symphony. ABC Classic FM will broadcast the performance Australia-wide for those unable to travel to Brisbane. A portion of the proceeds from ticket and recording sales will be donated to Legacy to support families of Australian servicemen and women.
The Gallipoli Symphony is proudly supported by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Queensland Government, New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Qantas Airways Ltd and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Whether you are able to attend the Australian premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony or listen to the live broadcast, it will be an experience that will stay with you for decades to come.