A symphony that tells the story of Gallipoli is having its world premiere in Istanbul after years of work by composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae along with Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove will attend Tuesday night’s performance at the historic Hagia Irene a former church and now a museum.

Eleven composers, includinge New Zealanders Gareth Farr, Richard Nunns, and Ross Harris, collaborated to produce the Gallipoli Symphony over 10 years.

It tells the story in music of the bloody campaign in 1915 on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula, with a message of peace and friendship.

Each year since 2006 an individual movement of the symphony has been performed overnight for visitors to Gallipoli on Anzac Day.

The Gallipoli Symphony represents the first time composers from the three nations involved in the military campaign have collaborated on a commemorative project of this magnitude.

The world premiere of the symphony comes ahead of a commemoration on Thursday of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine.

The battle over four days in August 1915 involved some of the fiercest fighting of the campaign, resulting in more than 2000 Australian casualties and the awarding of seven Victoria Crosses for bravery.

As a result of the battle’s significance to the Australians, Lone Pine is the site of the annual Australian Anzac Day dawn service at Gallipoli.

Three of Australia’s VC winners, Keith Payne, Mark Donaldson and Daniel Keighran, are attending this week’s commemorative events in Turkey along with the parents of VC winner Cameron Baird, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013.

On Saturday a commemoration for Chunuk Bair will be held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington. A ceremony will also be held at the New Zealand Memorial and Lower Cemetery at Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on the same day.

A symphony that tells the story of Gallipoli is having its world premiere in Istanbul after years of work by composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae along with Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove will attend Tuesday night’s performance at the historic Hagia Irene a former church and now a museum.

Eleven composers, includinge New Zealanders Gareth Farr, Richard Nunns, and Ross Harris, collaborated to produce the Gallipoli Symphony over 10 years.

It tells the story in music of the bloody campaign in 1915 on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula, with a message of peace and friendship.

Each year since 2006 an individual movement of the symphony has been performed overnight for visitors to Gallipoli on Anzac Day.

The Gallipoli Symphony represents the first time composers from the three nations involved in the military campaign have collaborated on a commemorative project of this magnitude.

The world premiere of the symphony comes ahead of a commemoration on Thursday of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine.

The battle over four days in August 1915 involved some of the fiercest fighting of the campaign, resulting in more than 2000 Australian casualties and the awarding of seven Victoria Crosses for bravery.

As a result of the battle’s significance to the Australians, Lone Pine is the site of the annual Australian Anzac Day dawn service at Gallipoli.

Three of Australia’s VC winners, Keith Payne, Mark Donaldson and Daniel Keighran, are attending this week’s commemorative events in Turkey along with the parents of VC winner Cameron Baird, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013.

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On Saturday a commemoration for Chunuk Bair will be held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington. A ceremony will also be held at the New Zealand Memorial and Lower Cemetery at Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on the same day.

Via: stuff.co.nz