On 25 February 2015, the Global Orchestra launched the inaugural Concert for the Planet, at the beautiful Quay restaurant in Sydney.
It was great to see so many wonderful people attend in person to celebrate the launch of this unique initiative of the Global Orchestra Foundation, in partnership with Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Guests heard the story of the Concert for the Planet from Angela Catterns AM Global Orchestra Chair.
We thought we’d share a piece of the story with you in case you couldn’t be at the launch.
The Concert for the Planet was dreamed up by Sydney composer Charlie Chan and technology innovationist Justin Baird. Charlie and Justin came together to work on this exciting new project after Earth Hour in 2011, following an idea that had come to Charlie and Angela.
During that particular Earth Hour, Angela and Charlie were looking out over Sydney city during Earth Hour. After watching the lights go out over the archway of the Harbour Bridge, on the sails of the Opera House and on most of the big city skyscrapers, they looked at each other and said: “Now what?”
And that's when it struck them - Earth Hour needed a soundtrack.
But not just something you sit by and listen to - something that would give everyone the opportunity to join in, play their part, and make a difference for the planet. Something that would focus our attention - if just for that one hour - on our planet, our environment, and the need for a more sustainable future.
And that’s just what we’ll be doing this year in the Concert for the Planet.
The performance will take place at 8:30pm on 28th March 2015, all around Australia, in the count down to this year’s Earth Hour.
In the words of Reece Proudfoot, Earth Hour Climate Change Campaigner: