Thousands play along with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra forming The Global Orchestra, to play the “Concert for the Planet”

Thousands play along with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra forming The Global Orchestra, to play the “Concert for the Planet”

SYDNEY, Australia – Sunday, 29 March, 2015: Thousands of people across the world, including musicians at NASA, joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and its Chief Conductor David Robertson, for last night’s Earth Hour in the inaugural Concert for the Planet presented by the Global Orchestra Foundation.

Global Orchestra’s “Concert for the Planet” takes off!

Global Orchestra’s “Concert for the Planet” takes off!

Global Earth Hour Initiative set to resound around the planet

On Saturday, 28 March at 8.30pm, the Global Orchestra's Concert for the Planet will go live.

The inaugural inaugural Concert for the Planet, a mass participation, multi location, first of its kind performance of Holst’s The Planets, has gone global with musicians and communities around the world coming together via innovative technology to mark our commitment to listen to each other and our planet’s needs during Earth Hour 2015.

Global Orchestra Volunteer Briefing

A little under two weeks ago, the team at Global Orchestra reached out to a group of talented individuals to come on board as volunteers in the lead up to the big day. What we were presented with was an array of different backgrounds and specialities, from musicians to filmmakers, students and professionals. The volunteer briefing was a fantastic way to get to know each other, share ideas, become inspired, collaborate and coordinate, so that each of us could learn more about what part we can play for the planet.

Our group of volunteers consists of artists, singers, musicians, composers, cinematographers, editors, event specialists, writers and more. Everyone had different reasons for joining the team, from a love of music to a passion for all things sustainable. With all of these unique backgrounds and interests, the Global Orchestra team is more energised and excited than ever!

To pull off a performance like the Global Orchestra, it is crucial that we have support from a number of different areas to make the night an amazing experience for all. At the moment with all the extra hands on deck, we are able to focus on making the event even bigger and better than before.

With our new talent on board and the event quickly approaching, the team is now working harder than ever to play our part for the planet. We have a number of volunteers working together to create some fun videos to teach you how to play your part, as well as great online resources for before the event - including how to host your own GO event! 


Four Seasons in one night - Download Now!

We're really excited to be able to share with you the recording from our performance of Vivaldi's 4 Seasons from the Global Orchestra Launch on the 28th of March 2014.

Earth Hour 2014 saw hundreds of millions of people across 162 countries & territories, 7000 cities joining together to celebrate their commitment to the planet - showing us what is possible when we all connect behind a common cause.

• 162 Countries, 7000+ Cities
• 150 Million + Participants

• 60,000+ News items worldwide

Our Global Orchestra event for Earth Hour 2014 was a sell out.  Vivaldi's Four Seasons  was performed by an ensemble of Australia's finest musicians performance in the historic local Balmain Town Hall, and was streamed live on both the Earth Hour Australia and Earth Hour Global websites. It was viewed 132,000 times.

Within our recording, Angela Catterns is heard reading the poems at the beginning of each movement -they were supposedly written by Vivaldi himself.  The laughter you are hearing is the response to the funny hats, and singlets the players are changing into, plus there was the added visual element of a collection of photo's and videos that were shown on the night with people and animals depicted during each season.  Thanks to Nathan Waks and Candice Williams for the video/slide reels - hilarious!


Global Orchestra Performers - Four Seasons in One Night.

Soloist Andrew Haveron - Violin
Violins : Brielle Clapson, Georges Lentz, Emma Jezek & Alex Norton
Violas : Anne-Louise Comerford & Rosemary Curtin Cellos : Catherine Hewgil & Nathan Waks - Global Orchestra Foundation Founder
Double Bass : Kees Boersma