Blood on the Floor




Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Fabian Russell conductor
Carl Mackey saxophone
James Sherlock guitar
Theo Carbo guitar
Sam Anning jazz bass
Dave Beck drumkit*

*Please note that Ben Vanderwal has been replaced by Dave Beck


Mark-Anthony Turnage Blood on the Floor

About the performance

It’s jumpy, angry, and lyrical all at once! Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Blood on the Floor is a striking, melancholy mix of genres that uses classical, jazz and modern expression to enormous impact. The MSO and some of Australia’s finest soloists present this work not seen in Melbourne for more than 10 years.

Five jazz masters in Carl Mackey, James Sherlock, Sam Anning, Theo Carbo and Dave Beck join forces for MSO’s 2021 Metropolis.

Named for the Francis Bacon painting, Blood on the Floor is one of English composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s most celebrated works. It doesn’t conform to musical stereotypes, resulting in a piece that’s utterly imaginative, compelling and emotionally sincere. Exploring aspects of alienation and addiction, one of the work’s nine movements is a lament for the composer’s brother who died of a drug overdose. Ambitious contemporary ensembles around the world have performed Blood on the Floor since its premiere in 1996.

Duration: approx. 75 minutes with no interval

Arts Centre Melbourne indoor venues are operating at 75% capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. The MSO and Arts Centre Melbourne strongly recommends the wearing of masks where 1.5m distancing is difficult to achieve, however wearing a mask is no longer a requirement for entry.

Important venue information:

  • QR code registration via a mobile device is required on arrival. We encourage you to download the Service Victoria app prior to your visit to ensure a faster check-in time.
  • Hamer Hall foyer bars will be open pre-show only
  • Personal water bottles will be permitted inside and filtered tap water will be available for self-service at the foyer bars
  • No Cloak Room
  • No Box Office sales or transactions, only available for trouble shooting or ticket collection

Orchestra safety on stage

The safety of our musicians, staff and audience remain the highest priority as we return to the post-COVID concert hall. In conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria and Arts Centre Melbourne, the MSO has begun rapid-result, asymptomatic testing for all members of the Orchestra and on-stage production staff. As such, you may notice that our musicians are not wearing masks while performing, and that they may be spaced more closely together than previously.

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