The Global Orchestra’s vision is an ambitious one: to use music as an agent for social and environmental change. Through the universal power of music, we hope to inspire, galvanise and connect people from around the world in a unique, positive way. By working together in harmony across physical, social and economic boundaries, we aim to forge a new path of creative innovation to find better ways for humanity to live, ensuring the sustainable future of our planet. This planet. PLANET EARTH.
The Global Orchestra is, naturally, a champion of creativity working together with technology in education… with the inclusion of ‘A’ (for the Arts) so STEM in education becomes ‘STEAM’ (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).
The Global Orchestra was founded in 2013 with the idea of combining technology and creativity - for the Planet’s sake.
In March 2014, during Earth Hour, the first Concert for the Planet was staged. An ensemble orchestra played Vivaldi’s Four Seasons - at the Balmain Town Hall - to a rapt, enthusiastic audience.
Since that first performance, the Global Orchestra has collaborated with like-minded organisations from around the world, including NASA and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
During Earth Hour 2015, The Global Orchestra Foundation staged a global collaborative music project. The first of its kind. At the stroke of 8.30pm, when lights were switched off all over the city, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra began playing the Concert for the Planet … this time, a mass-participation, multi-location performance of Holst’s The Planets. Enabled by new technology, more than 200 schools, community groups and orchestras across 350 global locations joined in, playing the same piece of music at the same time.
Proving that innovation and artistry can work in harmony, The Global Orchestra invited a robot to join the musicians on stage in 2017. A performance of Charlie Chan’s composition, Paradise, was played in the Sydney Opera House, by a world class 40 member jazz ensemble. It featured Baxter the Robot on Marimba, who used artificial intelligence to play along.
The project was such a success in Sydney, it was performed once again, later that same year, in India.
As leaders of industry, schools and communities start to realise the unique galvanising power of music, the Global Orchestra has continued to grow. In fact, we currently have two major projects underway: the Happiness Project and a collaboration for UN 2020.
Since the success of the Concert for the Planet, Global Orchestra has expended its musical and technological reach… creating new projects designed to inspire more diverse communities.