On June 21, Australia will celebrate Make Music Day. It is the second year that Australia has been involved in the international festival that began as the Fête de la Musique in France in 1982 and last year embraced 800 cities. Last year saw the festival come to Australia in a pilot program, which involved over 100 events at 80 locations around the country, including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra live streaming its Verdi’s Requiem concert.
Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros. Photo courtesy of Sydney Symphony Orchestra
This year, the SSO will be live streaming again, this time with its Music of the Oud concert starring Joseph Tawadros, which will be available online for those who can’t make it to the Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall. The performance will be part of a day-long video stream on June 21 showing the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra is also getting involved, with a free pop-up performance by the ACO Quartet at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, to coincide with the orchestra’s Indies & Idols tour.
Just down the road, Musica Viva Australia and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will present a free masterclass with the Doric String Quartet, currently touring nationally, while the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is hosting a free singing workshop called PopUp Sing! at the National Art School’s Cell Block Theatre in Darlinghurst.
Arts Centre Melbourne will be inviting the public to come and play three street pianos, in three different locations, including Hamer Hall, under the Spire and in the Arts Centre car park.
There will be events all across the country. In Newcastle, pop-up choir One Song Sing will perform Sia’s Chandelier outside the Civic Theatre Newcastle, in Orange the Orange Regional Conservatorium of Music’s Big Phatt Jazz Band will host an open rehearsal, while in Port Macquarie, choir director Rose Wilson will host The Great Big Unscary Singing Lesson. In Carlton, Victoria, the Victorian Trade Union Choir will perform a set of songs about climate change, social justice and solidarity.
Adelaide will host its first official Make Music Day performance, with Mixed Space Creative Studios hosting The Ukulele Dream Girl’s Make Music Night featuring local performers and an open mic and jam along session. Broome Fishing Club in Western Australia is also getting in on the action, with a concert by students from North Regional TAFE’s Diploma of Music Industry course.
Plumtree Children’s Service at Marrickville will host a singalong with children and parents from Plumtree Preschool as part of the Inner West Council’s Make Music for Richard Gill celebration. “We’ve had such an outpouring of support for a festival to honour Richard Gill since his passing last year, and this is the perfect opportunity for the Inner West to show how much the appreciated him,” said Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne. “Make Music Day is a day where any musician can organise a gig or join in an event to share their music. It is free and open to the public, something I’m sure Richard would have applauded. We want to invite all schools in the inner west to put on a musical performance on Friday June 21, record it and post it online as a tribute to Richard Gill.”
Make Music Day takes place around the country on June 21