MSO performs a musical three-day event commemorating ANZAC Day

With 2020 marking 75 years since the end of the Second World War, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has curated a series of online musical events, taking place this weekend.

MSO performs a musical three-day event commemorating ANZAC Day


On Friday evening, the MSO invites music lovers to watch its virtual choir featuring singers from around the world perform Banjo Paterson’sWaltzing Matilda, in a new arrangement of the work by Australian composer Joe Twist. This beautiful performance features five musicians from the MSO, performing in this special project which is dear to everyone at the Orchestra.

The global online community event is the product of chorus fans who became a part of a major MSO and MSO Chorus initiative. 300 submissions were received for the virtual production.

MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said singers from across Australia and overseas have come together to participate in this truly magical online event.

‘We encouraged singers from around the world to be involved in performing one of Australia’s most well-known works and the beautiful, and emotional final product is testament to all those involved. This is an important moment for audiences at home to experience choristers singing their hearts out,’ said Ms Galaise.

Following this online choral performance, the MSO Chorus will continue their tradition of participating in Melbourne’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service on Saturday morning which will be broadcast across Australia. The event will feature approximately 50 chorus members performing Be Still My Soul, with each individual recording submitted from home and compiled under the guidance of esteemed Chorus Master Warren Trevelyan-Jones.

‘It is now more important than ever to be able to bring people together through the power of music, community and shared experiences. While we can’t perform live at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service this year, we are honoured to be performing in this special online occasion,’ Ms Galaise continued.

On Sunday, musicians from the MSO will perform two chamber music works created during the Second World War including William Walton’sDeath of Falstaff and Olivier Messiaen’s The Quartet for the End of Time, in a new arrangement by MSO cellist Michelle Wood. These two emotional works will be performed alongside the world premiere of MSO bass player Stephen Newton’sA Little Prayer.

MSO’s ANZAC Day Virtual Choir will premiere on the MSO’s YouTube channel at 7.30pm on Friday 24 April. This project is proudly presented in partnership with Ryman Healthcare.

The ANZAC Day Dawn Service event will be broadcast on Saturday morning on ABC, Channel Nine and Channel Seven. MSO’s Sunday Sessions take place at 3pm every Sunday on the MSO’s YouTube channel.

For further information about the MSO’s online performances visit


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