Royal Philharmonic Orchestra gives first performance of work to commemorate Gallipoli1:31, 11th April 2018
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has given the first performance of Turkish composer Can Atilla’s ‘Gallipoli’ Symphony, The 57th Regiment, in the presence of His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent.
The work – dedicated to those who died in the first Gallipoli attack – was part of a Gallipoli Friendship Concert held at London’s Cadogan Hall (5 April).
The commemorative concert featured a reading from Turkish ambassador Abdurrahman Bilgiç, who shared words attributed to former Turkish president Mustafa Kemal Atatürk: ‘There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well.’
Alongside honouring those who fought in the Gallipolli Campaign of 1915-16, the concert also served as a fundraiser for the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.