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Gallipoli Symphony premiere
August 7, 2015
Jessica Cottis conducts the premiere of The Gallipoli Symphony at Aya Irini, Istanbul.
The symphony is a major composition by eleven internationally respected composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, including Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrew Schultz, Ross Edwards, and the late Peter Sculthorpe and . A massive undertaking, it was written over the last ten years and received its premiere under the baton of Jessica Cottis with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Turkish State Opera and Ballet Chorus, choristers from St Joseph's Gregory Terrace and All Hallow's schools in Brisbane, and soloists Ozan Arslan, Michael Askill, William Barton, Horomono Horo, Julian Jackson, Bahadir Sener and Omar Faruk Tekbilek at Hagia Irene in Istanbul on August 4th 2015.
The composers and musicians represent the three nations that fought in the campaign, collaborating to form and one single commemorative work. This important legacy carries a message of hope, peace, friendship and collaboration between nations.