Standing ovation for the Gallipoli Symphony

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Human Services
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

The Gallipoli Symphony premiered to an enthusiastic audience in Brisbane last night. Performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and supported by soloists from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, last night’s performance is the only time the full musical and visual masterpiece is planned to be staged in Australia.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, said the Gallipoli Symphony is a significant event for the Anzac Centenary, honouring the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish First World War legacy in a unique and enduring way.

“As we commemorate the Anzac Centenary we are reminded again of the impact the Gallipoli Campaign had on our three nations, and the triumph of co-operation and friendship over adversity,” Mr Robert said.

“The performance was a fitting tribute to those who forged the ANZAC legacy in 1915, and to those who have maintained those traditions over the last 100 years.”

The Gallipoli Symphony showcases the works of 11 noted international composers with renowned conductor Jessica Cottis leading the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the St Joseph’s College and All Hallows’ School’s Gallipoli Choir.
The Symphony’s international premiere, held in Istanbul in August, was recorded by the ABC. The DVD is now available from the ABC’s online shop. The Australian performance was broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

The Gallipoli Symphony, commissioned by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in 2006, has received generous support for the international and Australian premieres from the Turkish and New Zealand Governments, the Queensland Government, Qantas Airways and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

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