On Saturday 8 February, Melbourne Recital Centre celebrated five years of music-making and performance with a day of concerts, open jazz jams, marathons, talks, workshops, games and more.
Over five thousand people turned out to join the celebrations, and we were overwhelmed by the participation of the Melbourne musical community who performed throughout the day.
To open the Centre’s Fifth Birthday Celebrations, a group of bell-enthusiasts worked with Steve Falk and Museum Victoria’s beautiful Federation Handbells to compose & devise a new work to mark the Centre’s Fifth Birthday. At 10am they travelled throughout the arts precinct performing the new work, arriving at Melbourne Recital Centre to officially open the doors.
The Birthday Celebration events continued with jazz, ukuleles, and choirs in the foyer, the Bach Marathon and our Local Heroes in the Salon, A Musical Chocolate Box in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall and performances, food-trucks and family fun with Polyglot in the astro-turfed carpark.
The Big Sing choral extravaganza delightfully capped off the incredibly successful day, with 1200 voices coming together to sing Happy Birthday amid streamers and balloons, streamed live across the globe. Conducted by Jonathon Welch, and accompanied by The Cho!r and The Choir of Hope & Inspiration, the hall was a very special place to be and our staff were truly humbled by rousing applause from the audience as they all took to the stage to join the celebration.
A big thank you to everyone who visited us on the day, participated in our concerts, marathons and activities and for celebrating five years of music at Melbourne Recital Centre. We simply could not do this without you. We were thrilled to offer a day of free world-class ensembles, interactive fun and outstanding music to you all. We love birthdays!
These festivities are only the beginning of what will be huge year of incredible programming at the Melbourne Recital Centre, so visit us again or browse our calendar.