Leaps and Bounds

MSO musicians, Chorus and community choir perform Paul Kelly's Leaps and Bounds

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This Thursday evening, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will dedicate a virtual choir performance of Paul Kelly’s iconic Australian ode Leaps and Bounds to all Melburnians.

Featuring 175 voices from the MSO Chorus and community vocalists alongside 14 MSO musicians, this special tribute to Melbourne will bring the city’s music lovers together, serving as a timely reminder that despite the challenges of 2020, music is still a binding force.

MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said this performance is a part of the MSO’s commitment to Keep The Music Going throughout the global pandemic.

‘Music connects people and communities and now more than ever, we are in need of a bond with life outside of our homes. Paul Kelly’s Leaps and Bounds is a beautiful reminder of the relationship we have with Melbourne and it is our honour to dedicate this performance to all Melburnians,’ said Ms Galaise. ‘I thank all those who participated from Melbourne, Victoria and as far afield as Belgium and Germany.’

Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp said: ‘The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has continued to provide enjoyment to all music lovers through its Keep the Music Going online program.

‘The MSO is one of our city’s cultural icons and it has gone above and beyond to keep our city connected and entertained during lockdown. Melbourne has a strong tradition of coming together during our toughest moments and our city’s musicians and artists are doing so much to lift our spirits when we need it most.’

Paul Kelly’s Leaps and Bounds was arranged for a virtual performance by Joe Twist alongside Chorus Master Warren Trevelyan-Jones. The video was created by Tom Marley with sound engineering by Alistair McLean.

The MSO’s Leaps and Bounds Virtual Choir will premiere on the MSO YouTube channel on Thursday 17 September at 7.30pm.