A GLOBAL ORCHESTRA INITIATIVE
Concert for the Planet
Thousands Play Along With The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Forming A Truly Global Orchestra, To Play In The “Concert For The Planet”.
The Global Orchestra was founded in 2013 with the aim of combining technology and creativity - for the planet’s sake. In March 2014, during Earth Hour, the first “Concert For The Planet” was staged. At that inaugural event, an ensemble orchestra played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons - at the Balmain Town Hall - to a rapt, enthusiastic audience.
The Concert For The Planet has grown exponentially since.
During Earth Hour 2015, The Global Orchestra Foundation took a leap of faith, growing The Concert For The Planet into an international collaborative music project.
At the stroke of 8.30pm on 29 March 2015, when lights were switched off all over the city, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) began playing the Concert for the Planet … this time, leading a mass-participation, multi-location performance of Holst’s The Planets. With the sheet music easily accessible through our website, more than 200 schools, community groups and orchestras across 350 global locations participates in this massive, collaborative event.
In a world’s first, participants who had access to www.globalorchestra,com were able to play the same piece of music at the same time.
Enabling timing and harmony across locations, the Global Orchestra developed the “Conductor-Cam”. Through this application, musicians from around the world were give the novel opportunity to play with the SSO in time, guided by legendary conductor David Robertson. For some musicians, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play alongside the word’s best.
Thanks to the power of technology, satellite events across the globe were able to participate in this experience, including a number of musicians from NASA in Langley (USA).
Though many were, participants didn’t have to be classically trained musicians to join in. Through a campaign spearheaded by Monic Trapaga, we encouraged everyone to join in - regardless of skill - even if that meant using ordinary household object to play along!
The Concert for the Planet also proved to be popular with music teachers and primary schools. In fact, the Global Orchestra worked closely with industry leaders to develop fun and informative lesson plans, which combines music (Holsts’s The Planets) with science (the solar system). These lesson plans were available through out website via pdf downloads.
The web-streams were hosted on youtube and www.globalorchestra.com, allowing virtually anyone in the world to be part of this “global orchestra”.