Forty years ago, the French Ministry of Culture designed a day of music. But not a day to listen, or to watch – this was a day for everyone to join in themselves, to celebrate the joy and sense of community that comes from performing music, whether you are a professional virtuoso or an enthusiastic amateur.

Now, Make Music Day is celebrated in over 120 countries, with everyone from major performing arts organisations to local councils to conservatoriums throwing open their doors and inviting people to join in and make some noise.

In Australia, Make Music Day is presented by the Australian Music Association and the NAMM Foundation, and there is bound to be something happening near you, whether you are in Byron Bay or WA.

Here are just some of the exciting events taking place tomorrow.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Photo © Keith Saunders.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Photo © Keith Saunders.

The third annual Young Composer’s Contest invited composers aged 13–21 to set the text of the poem A Jelly-Fish by Marianne Moore to music for acclaimed vocal ensemble The Swingles. A panel of judges selected a winning work, which has been recorded by The Swingles and will be released on Make Music Day.

For the third consecutive year, Make Music Day is facilitating a global song swap called #MySongYourSong! Participants submitted a song of their own which will be performed by another artist, whose own song will be covered in return!
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Australian Digital Concert Hall invites you to watch two brilliant concerts by leading pianists Stefan Cassomenos and Alex Raineri free of charge at any time on Make Music Day. Cassamenos tackles works by Ligeti, Gubaidulina and Beethoven, while Raineri will play Ravel, Brett Dean and Brahms.
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Sydney’s Walsh Bay Arts Precinct will host multiple events as part of Make Music Day 2022, with a series of free concerts and music performances. There will be a lunchtime concert by two bands – Marrumbang and the River Langford Band – featuring First Nations musicians. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will present an interactive workshop called PopUp Sing!, led by Assistant Chorus Master Tim Cunniffe, which invites everyone to explore their voice. And Australian Theatre for Young People will celebrate their return performance of M.Rock by Lachlan Philpott with a DJ set by music producer and artist, Tom Kupers (aka MOTKRS).
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Established in 2021, the Richard Bonynge Ensemble is an elite ensemble comprising some of the finest young talents from Penrith Conservatorium of Music and Penrith Youth Orchestra. On Make Music Day 2022, it will take you on a musical journey from the gentle sounds of Johann Sebastian Bach to the bright and wistful ring of Antonín Dvořák.
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Gunnedah Conservatorium has organised local musicians to perform up and down the town’s the main street at various shops and cafes from 9am, followed by a free outdoor concert at The Smithhurst Theatre from 11am – 2pm.
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Tamworth Conservatorium will be holding its Early Childhood Music Classes in the Fitzroy St Mall, for all to see how the classes run and what is involved.
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Adelaide Festival Centre presents Woody’s “Let’s Play!” Bush Cabaret, a kaleidoscope of old-school fun that blends music, puppetry, ukulele playing and loads of participation. The kids in the audience learn a dance, a song and how to play the ukulele if they choose, joining Woody on stage for the finale.
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The beginner ensembles of the New England Conservatorium are looking forward to performing for their families and friends at a family concert on the evening of Make Music Day.
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The Northern Rivers Conservatorium is performing a series of concerts, the first for the students since floods devastated the region in February.
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A full list of registered events is available on the Make Music Australia website.

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