Elena Kats-Chernin studied music and composition in Moscow, continuing the studies at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music after arriving in Australia with her family when she was seventeen. 1980 Kats-Chernin moved to Germany to study. She composed works for ballet and theatre in Western Europe before returning to Australia in 1994. As well as works for orchestra, individual instruments, chamber opera and silent film, Kats-Chernin composed Deep Sea Dreaming for the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony, Our Bridge Overture for the 75th anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the award winning Wild Swans Concert Suite.
'The story of the Gallipoli campaign is everlasting. It is a story of endeavour, courage, tragedy, great achievements and great sacrifices. It is a story of young nations and old coming together in conflict. It is, most of all a human story, of the spectrum of human emotions. This story is woven into the fabric of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Millions of words have been written about the campaign, but the story has never been ‘narrated’ musically, until now.
'The Gallipoli Symphony is a major composition produced by internationally respected composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. It represents the first time ever that eleven acclaimed composers from three nations that fought in the campaign have collaborated on a single commemorative work of this scale.
'The Gallipoli story was structured into parts, like chapters in a book, each themed around an element of the campaign and assigned to a composer to create a work based on that theme.
Gelibolu : Omar Faruk Tekbilek (Turkey)
He Poroporaoki (Farewell): Gareth Farr and Richard Nunns (New Zealand)
The Voyage : Graeme Koehne AO (Australia)
Thoughts of Home : Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE (Australia)
The Landing : Elena Kats-Chernin (Australia)
The Invasion : Kamran Ince (Turkey)
God Pity Us Poor Soldiers : Ross Harris (New Zealand)
The August Offensive : Andrew Schultz (Australia)
The Trenches Are Empty Now : Ross Edwards (Australia)
Hope of the Higher Heart : Demir Demirkan (Turkey)
Future : Graeme Koehne AO (Australia)
'Every year since 2006 a movement of the Symphony has been presented at Gallipoli. Leading classical and traditional musicians engaged from Turkey, Australia and New Zealand, augmented by musicians drawn from the Australian and New Zealand military bands performed a piece of The Gallipoli Symphony in the early hours of 25 April for the thousands of attendees awaiting the Dawn Service.
'After ten years in the making, The Gallipoli Symphony will be performed for the world in 2015.
'The Gallipoli Symphony creates an important legacy. It tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign through music; reminding us of the horror and the heartache and carrying a message of hope, peace, friendship and collaboration between nations.' (Publication summary)
'In this musical soap era, [sic] wealthy couple Iris (Marina Prior) and Jed (John O’May) are getting a "modern" divorce after a long and satisfying marriage, and are throwing an elaborate party at their elegant home to celebrate. But by the end of the evening, Iris and Jed’s divorce has triggered a renegotiation of all that had seemed certain, and the characters are each set on an unanticipated course.'