Tips for Hosting

The unique performance will take place at 8:30pm on 26th March 2016 in the count down to this year’s Earth Hour. Global Orchestra’s Conductor-Cam will capture and stream live the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s highly acclaimed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director David Robertson as he leads the SSO through Holst’s The Planets.

Hash tags

These are very important as they encourage content discoverability.

Recommended Google+ hash tags 

  • #globalorchestra
  • #EarthHour

Recommended Twitter handles @

  • @globalorchestra
  • @SydOperaHouse
  • @SydSymph
  • @EarthHour

Recommended Facebook Tags

  • Global Orchestra
  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Earth Hour Global
  • Earth Hour Australia

Remember if you have any content featuring ambassadors, teachers or friends please hash tag.

Eg:  #angelacatterns #charliechan #monicatrapaga #MrsCarey #myschoolname etc

This is the case across Twitter, Google+, Instagram (especially Instagram), Facebook and LinkedIn.

Date & Time

Concert for the Planet (CFP) will be held during Earth Hour, Saturday 26 March, 8.30 – 9.30pm, 2016.

We recommend you start your event at least 30 minutes prior to CFP take off.

The CFP “LIVE” stream of Conductor-Cam and the SSO performance in the Sydney Opera House will commence 8.30pm Australian Eastern Summer Time (AEST). A recording of the stream will be repeated on the same online platforms every hour following Earth Hour as it travels across the globe, enabling musicians to join in.

Live Stream

If you are playing along you’ll need to see David Robertson on Conductor-Cam, which can be found on our home page at  We'll let you know if there are going to be other links to the Live stream available.  Please join the mailings list and of course don't forget to register your event.

To watch and listen to the SSO, we suggest you go to YouTube where you can see a Live Stream of the whole orchestra.

Here are some links to help you set up.

Register your Event

If you haven’t already completed the online form, click here now.

You can register to play, host or listen to the Concert for the Planet. We’d love to know more about you so that we can send updated information, and if you register and join the Global Orchestra we’ll be able to keep you updated with new content, tips and other important information about putting on your event during the Concert for the Planet.

Where to Play or Listen

Host your Global Orchestra event in a location that will fit your players, their instruments, and your audience. This could be your home, a park, a place of work, a school hall or somewhere in your community.

Local Councils offer hall hire waivers for community events.  Get in touch with them to see if they would like support your event or group.

Arranging your space

If you have the capacity, ideally you’ll want one screen for the musicians to follow the “Conductor-Cam” web stream and another screen for the audience to see the SSO performance from the Sydney Opera House with your players in view as well.

We think the best way is to create a performance in-the-round proms style, placing the orchestra in the middle of the performance with screens at opposite sides.

Then your audience can sit around them on cushions and blankets (if you're outdoors) creating a wonderful atmosphere.

Location Check-List

  • Check that you can access the internet with a reasonable download speed at your preferred location.
  • Make sure you have a wet-weather plan in place if your event will be outside.
  • If at work or an educational institution, check with their administration and confirm you can secure facilities for that time and date.
  • Make sure you book any public spaces before sending invites!

Preparing your Audience

Send your invitation out by email as soon as possible. We’ve created some text to help you with invites. 

There are also a large number of online tools to help you promote and manage your event.

As mentioned give yourself time to set up and engage your community in a discussion on our call to action: “What part will you play for the planet?”

What to Bring

We recommend asking the audience to bring their own chairs or cushions if needs be. They’ll also need to bring a picnic including rubbish bag so they leave the area clean.