#ACO15 ‘Reflections on Gallipoli‘ opens today in Canberra, before heading off to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.
“Turkish battle songs and traditional folk music rub shoulders with Vaughan Williams’ pastoral lament, The Lark Ascending, written with the last breath of innocence before England was plunged into the horrors of war, and Elegy for Strings, by Australian composer Septimus Kelly, written in honour of his great friend, the English poet Rupert Brooke, who died from sepsis on the way to Gallipoli. But it is the world premiere of Carl Vine’sOur Sons which sets the tone for the concert, that is, one of a shared humanity rather than conquering heroes and home fires burning.”
– Kathy Evans, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 March 2015
Before you see the show, watch our special ‘Live in the Studio‘ video, which features Richard Tognetti, Neil Armfield and Nigel Jamieson discussing the production, as well as special sneak-peeks at some of the concert’s highlights (including Taryn Fiebig performing ‘Our Sons’, a new composition by Carl Vine, which will see its world premiere during this tour).
Elsewhere on the blog, Nigel Jamieson fills us in on the first few days of ROG rehearsals, we take a look at Ralph Vaughan Williams and The Lark Ascending, and we meet Australian Frederick Septimus Kelly – Olympic rower and composer – whose Elegy (In Memorium Rupert Brooke) was composed in the trenches of Gallipoli.
Want more? Read the tour program online.
Reflections on Gallipoli
14–27 March 2015
Richard Tognetti, large-scale theatre specialist, Nigel Jamieson, and one of Australia’s greatest storytellers, Neil Armfield join forces to present this heartfelt exploration of our ANZAC story through music, spoken text and visual imagery, where an Australian’s elegy for his friend brushes shoulders with the words of the father of modern Turkey.
Richard Tognetti Director & Violin
Neil Armfield Director
Nigel Jamieson Deviser
Sean Bacon Video Designer
Matthew Cox Lighting Designer
Taryn Fiebig Soprano
Yalin Ozucelik Actor
Nathaniel Dean Actor