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MSO On Tour: Shanghai

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Behind the scenes access to photos and footage of the Orchestra On Tour.

The Orchestra embarked on a journey to Shanghai at the start of April, to perform side-by-side with China’s most prestigious and oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis. Here’s what they got up to…


11 April

Homeward Bound

Did you miss us while we were in Shanghai? As the Orchestra makes it way back to Melbourne, relive the magic of MSO’s week-long residency in China which included a sublime side-by-side performance with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.

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10 April 2016

Day Six

Last night, the Orchestra performed side-by-side with China’s oldest and most prestigious orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony. What a triumph!


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9 April 2016

Day Five

Last night the MSO performed their first concert in China in over a decade. Tonight the Orchestra will share the stage with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in a special one night only event!


Sir Andrew Davis conducts the MSO

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the MSO

Shanghai born Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin performing with Sir Andrew Davis and the MSO

Shanghai born Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin performing with Sir Andrew Davis and the MSO

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the MSO

Sir Andrew Davis conducts the MSO

Take a bow!

Take a bow!

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8 April 2016

Day Four

It’s all systems go at Shanghai Symphony Hall on Day Four of the Tour! The Melbourne and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras came together for their first rehearsal with Sir Andrew Davis ahead of their joint performance on 9 April.


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Ready for rehearsal


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Concertmaster Eoin Andersen rehearses in Shanghai Symphony Hall

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Press conference with Sir Andrew Davis

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7 April 2016

Day Three

The Orchestra arrived at the hall for their first rehearsal, taking in the extraordinary space of the Shanghai Symphony Hall, performing works by Ravel and Beethoven under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis.


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Sir Andrew Davis chats to co-concertmaster Eoin Andersen

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Soloist Li-Wei Qin rehearses with the Orchestra and Sir Andrew Davis

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The MSO in rehearsal at Shanghai Symphony Hall

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6 April 2016

Day Two

The busy movement and motion of the city continues behind the scenes as MSO’s Operations Manager James Foster unloads instruments and sets the stage at the Shanghai Symphony Hall in preparation for the first rehearsal with the two orchestras tomorrow. Meanwhile Shanghai-born MSO violinist Cong Gu hosts the musicians at a traditional Shanghainese dinner.


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5 April 2016

Day One

Amongst the hustle and bustle of Shanghai city, filled with dazzling lights and dizzying sights, the Orchestra arrive late in the night armed with their instruments ready to start their weeklong residency with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. But first, sleep.


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4 April 2016

En route to China


En route


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22 March 2016

This April, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will embark on a very special journey to Shanghai, where they will perform side-by-side with China’s most prestigious and oldest orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sir Andrew Davis.


On Friday 8 April the Orchestra will perform works by Ravel, Beethoven and Saint-Saens, the latter featuring Shanghai born Australian cellist Li-Wei Qin, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

In a unique event on Saturday 9 April, the Melbourne and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras will share the stage performing a popular program which will include Berlioz’ Roman Carnival, Holst’s The Planets and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello featuring MSO’s Concertmaster Eoin Andersen, cellist Li-Wei Qin and pianist Ning-Wu Du.

MSO’s Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis said this was a wonderful opportunity to showcase Melbourne’s orchestra and see the MSO in the international spotlight once again.

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Sir Andrew Davis

The touring party, consisting of 63 musicians and staff, will leave for Shanghai on Sunday 3 April and will perform at the Shanghai Symphony Hall on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April.

The combined concert on Saturday 9 April will be broadcast on ABC Classic FM on Saturday 16 April.

Check out this blog throughout the tour for updates!

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Photographs and video footage by SIRAP