Lady Potter AC and Frà Professor Richard Divall AO, OBE, together with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Monash University, are delighted to announce a special commemorative tribute recording to mark the forthcoming centenary of the Gallipoli landings in 1915.
The album Gallipoli – A Tribute, is dedicated to the RSL Australia, RSA New Zealand and Legacy. Gallipoli – A Tribute features a beautiful, moving new composition by Ross Edwards, Gallipoli for String Quartetperformed by the Australian String Quartet, commissioned for the occasion by The Ian Potter Cultural Trust.
This new work sits alongside poetry and prose readings by actors Sam Neill DCNZM OBE and John Bell AO, as well as a collection of instrumental works and songs performed by leading musicians: Paul Grabowsky AO, Hoang Pham, Caroline Almonte, Christopher Latham, Dimity Shepherd, Stefan Cassomenos, Christopher Latham and Merlyn Quaife, as well as the Choir of Newman College, (The University of Melbourne), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Lance Corporal David Wood ADF, who plays The Last Post. Each work has been carefully chosen to remind us of the sacrifice and courage of those who fought at Gallipoli. As a collection, the recording evokes the hardship and tragedy of this campaign, but also mateship, compassion, and the legacy of respect and honour that endures and strengthens with the passing years.
Every piece and performance on the album has been donated by the artists and authors: testament to both their personal generosity and the great significance of this occasion for the people of Australia and New Zealand. Lady Potter and Professor Divall wish to sincerely thank the artists and many supporters of this special project for the tremendous support that has made this tribute possible.
'This CD is a poignant way of honouring the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who stormed the shores of Gallipoli 100 years ago. Since this time, their heroics, selflessness and demonstrations of mateship have inspired Australians and New Zealanders and helped define our national ideals.'
- His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia