While the COVID-19 pandemic means this year’s Make Music Day won’t include events like last year’s 500-person flash mob choir in Sydney, there are plenty of online events scheduled around the country on Sunday June 21. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

The Music Box Project will present Sound Game Picnic at Cockatoo Island on Make Music Day 2020

“The challenge thrown Make Music Day Australia by the 2020 pandemic has provided all sorts of creative opportunities for people to make music online, on top of the live opportunities that now exist in public places,” said Australian Music Association CEO Rob Walker. “This combination has revealed a treasure trove of innovation. You can’t keep a musician from making music. There will be hours of ‘live’ musicians online and maybe in your world, you’ll see some in the park or on a verandah somewhere”

Events will include Sydney Youth Orchestra’s Classical Karaoke, which will see musicians of all levels and ages from across the globe tuning in to play an arrangement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, a live-streamed performance by art pop singer-songwriter Montaigne broadcast from the Art Gallery of NSW, and a concert by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra – featuring the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Paul Stanhope – broadcast from City Recital Hall. Musica Viva In Schools ensemble, Water, Water, Everywhere will also be giving a special online performance.

As Australia’s UNESCO City of Music, Adelaide will be taking part in a special broadcast of over 20 music cities from five different continents. The Melbourne Guitar Show will present more than two hours of live performances in isolation on Facebook, while Melbourne based Elwood Community Choir and ZING! Choir are combining to present “two hours of song sharing, singalongs, musical games and vocal frolics on Zoom.” In Queensland, young musicians, singers, bands, rappers and beat makers are invited to participate in an online version of the popular Caboolture Club open mic event series.

Create NSW is supporting Make Music Day activities in NSW, with other events including Sydney Philharmonia Choirs hosting a virtual PopUp Sing! Workshop at the Sydney Opera House, ensembles Synergy and Taikoz presenting a four-hour Meditation Marathon at Phoenix Central Park, and The Music Box Project performing a series of fun, experimental games exploring sound on Cockatoo Island.

“It’s wonderful to hear online music events across Sydney will bring joy to audiences around the world as part of Make Music Day this year,” said Create NSW Executive Director Chris Keely. “Now more than ever we are aware of the power of music to connect and elevate the community. Alongside major cultural institutions and places from the Art Gallery of NSW to the Sydney Opera House to Cockatoo Island, local councils, musicians, collectives and organisations will participate in this extraordinary global online event, showcasing the diversity of music expression for all to enjoy and learn safely from their home and screens.”


Make Music Day 2020 takes place on Sunday June 21

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