MSO Live Music Marathon

MSO Live: Music Marathon

Join the MSO on the Queen’s Birthday holiday for a six-hour interactive online music marathon celebrating the intrinsic relationship between nature, sound and humanity.

The marathon will feature live and pre-filmed orchestral and ensemble performances of works by Beethoven, Vivaldi and Vaughan Williams as well as contemporary compositions, inspired by both nature and the nature of humanity. We also feature conversations with MSO musicians and special guests, deconstructing Beethoven works in the year of his 250th birthday and contextualising his works for today’s world.

Highlights include the recent world premiere collaboration of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Circa Contemporary Circus; Beethoven’s 7th Symphony; Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending (arranged for string sextet, featuring concertmaster Dale Barltrop), Peter Sculthorpe’s String Quartet No.18, Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons featuring MSO violinist Anne-Marie Johnson and Dutala, star-filled sky by MSO’s Composer in Residence Deborah Cheetham AO.

You will be invited to add a visual dimension to the event, by sharing personal imagery inspired by nature and community as a visual companion to a selection of classical works.

The marathon will also celebrate the return of the MSO musicians as we prepare for a program of exciting new digital concerts, conversation and interactions.

Watch on YouTube

The Music Marathon will be shared live on our MSO Live YouTube Playlist on Monday 8 June. Before then, you can enjoy our previously shared concert streams.

Watch on YouTube – Mon 8 June, 2pm

Create with us

With the MSO Marathon shining a light on the relationship between music, nature and humanity, you have the opportunity to share your own nature- and community-based moments during the event. Whether it’s a recent walk, a favourite musical moment, or simply a photo of your balcony garden, upload your image(s) to Instagram with the hashtag #MSOMarathon and you could see your image featured!

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MSO Live: Music Marathon Program*

Time Performance


Deborah Cheetham Long Time Living Here (Acknowledgement of Country)


Beethoven Symphony No.6, first movement


Beethoven Symphony No. 7


Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending featuring Dale Barltop


Deborah Cheetham Dutala, star filled sky


Vivaldi Winter from The Four Seasons featuring Anne-Marie Johnson


Beethoven Septet


Brenton Broadstock And No Birds Sing


Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet No. 18


Beethoven Symphony No.6, fourth movement, featuring MYO


Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Winds


Danish String Quartet Last Leaf


Beethoven Symphony No.9, featuring Circa Contemporary Circus

*Program subject to change