Singing in time with Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Photo Tim Walsh
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Photo Tim Walsh

Gloucester Public, Gloucester High, Barrington Public, Booral Public, Chatham Public and Elands Public will be among the schools taking part in a country wide sing-a-long.

Over 650,000 school students across Australia will come together on Thursday, November 2 to sing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO). The SSO Schools Concert, in collaboration with Music: Count Us In and The Arts Unit (NSW Department of Education), is part of the national music Celebration Day.

Around 700 primary students will join the SSO live in concert at the Seymour Centre while 3000 schools nationwide will have the opportunity to watch a simultaneous live stream of the concert by the NSW Department of Education.

Students from Bendigo to Bourke, Dubbo to Darwin, and right across the country will sing the song that stops the nation: the 2017 program song forMusic: Count Us In, Shine Together.

The SSO will support this nationwide music celebration by performing Shine Together at each of its schools concerts held at the Seymour Centre this week.

The official Music: Count Us In national sing along will take place at the conclusion of the SSO’s performances of ‘The Bush Concert’, which will see the musicians of the SSO bring the sounds of the Australian bush alive in a heart-warming interactive performance for students in years K-6.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Director of Learning and Engagement Linda Lorenza said the orchestra was excited to collaborate with Music: Count Us In and the NSW Government to enable even more children to experience a live orchestral concert.

"Music: Count Us In is such an exciting day for students and teachers across the country because there’s that sense of connection as they all sing the song especially composed for the event on the same day at the same time around Australia. All of the children who experience the SSO’s concert both virtually and live will get to sing along with the musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, making this the ultimate music celebration.

"The SSO performs to around 18,000 school students each year at our interactive schools concerts, but we can’t physically reach every school across the state," she added.

"Through this collaboration with the NSW Department of Education, we’re inviting thousands more students across the nation to experience what a live orchestral concert is like. Joining with Music: Count Us In means we can share the experience with even more students nationwide!"

Adelaide composer Mark Simeon Ferguson has composed the music for the orchestra to conjure all the sounds of the bush birds that populate the pages of Helga Visser's classic picture book,The Bush Concert.

In this concert, Barry Conrad (Beautiful, The X Factor) will tell Visser’s endearing story of how, during a terrible drought, the birds put on a gala concert to cheer themselves up with singing, dancing and magic tricks. Students across NSW will be encouraged to read the book in advance so they can pick the "galahs" and "noisy miners" from among the different instruments on the Seymour Centre stage.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra is grateful for the support of its Schools Concerts Partner Sydney Airport.