Last night’s Music For Our Countryconcert at City Recital Hall, which was broadcast live on ABC Classic, raised $83,052.05 for bushfire relief, the Sydney venue has announced. The sold-out concert – one of many around the country, and even overseas, organised to raise funds for people and animals affected by this summer’s devastating fires – was put together in a matter of weeks.

William Barton William Barton in rehearsal for Music For Our Country. Photo © Anthony Browell

Opening with Heartland, a poignant and beautiful Acknowledgement of Country by didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and violinist Véronique Serret, the concert brought together 200 musicians from across Sydney’s classical music scene, from organisations including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Cantillation, Musica Viva Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Selby & Friends, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and more.

Every one of the musicians waived their fees, as did the technical staff and suppliers, meaning 100 percent of ticket and bar sales could be donated, with the final number also including donations taken on the night. The donations are to be split across several charities, including 40 percent to the Australian Red Cross, 40 percent to WIRES...