Gallipoli campaign retold through music


The Turnbull Government has announced more than $29,000 for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra to record works by Australian-British composer, Lieutenant-Commander Frederick Septimus Kelly through the Anzac Cententary Arts and Culture Fund.

Eight orchestral works will be recorded, six of which will be world premiere recordings. Each one was composed during Lieutenant-Commander Kelly’s Royal Naval deployments to Gallipoli and the Somme, where he was killed in action on 13 November 1916.

The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra is the most recorded symphony orchestra in Australia and is nationally and internationally renowned.

The recordings will be featured as part of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Australian Composers Series on ABC Classics. An important recording series that showcases orchestral works from a range of key Australian composers.

The recordings follow on from the Gallipoli Symphony project which aimed to retell the Gallipoli Campaign through music from the points of view of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.

The Anzac Cententary Arts and Culture Fund is part of the Government’s national Anzac Centenary program held between 2014 and 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War and a Century of Service by Australia’s servicemen and women.

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