Forty established and emerging musicians from Sydney and Melbourne will unite to perform a 16-hour Music Marathon, to raise funds for the Country Fire Authority (CFA). The concert will feature a spectacular program of solo, duo and chamber music in a tribute to the relentless work of local firefighters and volunteer fire brigades in the recent Australian bushfire crisis, as well as the many communities, homes and lands which have been devastated in the wake of the fires.
Beginning at 7am on the 29th of February, the performances will run continuously until 11pm, providing an opportunity for audiences to join in at any point throughout the day to enjoy the music while reflecting on the courage, strength and resilience of firefighters around Australia.
100% of funds raised will be donated to the Country Fire Authority & Brigades Fund, in aid of their emergency services. The funds will help Victorian volunteer fire brigades to acquire resources — such as vehicles, defribrillators, thermal imaging cameras and fire station improvements. You can donate here.
The Music Marathon has personal significance for many of the musicians who will be performing. They share their thoughts here:
Natasha Lin, Pianist, event director
“I began this initiative as a way to visualise the social power of music. Historically, music has been a force for cultural, social and political transformation; psychologically, music as a tool for internal reflection, insights and therapy. The result from the devastation of the bushfires has ignited the spirit of collectivism in the hearts of many. The years of isolated practice to our musical craft holds the key to help express and give voice to the voiceless, and I hope that this experience will be a powerful reminder to not only musicians, but us as a community, the meaning of what we do.”
Rathdowne String Quartet
“We as a quartet have been directly and indirectly affected by the devastation of the fires around Australia. With the magnitude of the situation at hand it can feel so hopeless and we hope that through the healing power of music we can offer catharsis, comfort and a vehicle for change. Music and nature are synonymous and it is an absolute privilege to be contributing to something that is so close to our hearts.”
Matthew Kneale, Bassoonist
“It allows us to reflect and value what is most important to us. At a time like this, it is to look after fellow Australians who are going through these extreme hardships.”
Daniel Nistico, Classical guitarist
“Performing for this marathon is a special opportunity to say thank you to the firefighters and to remember those who tragically lost their lives and homes. We are so blessed to have firefighters who are willing to put their lives on the line for the greater good of this nation.”
Willard Zhong, Violinist
“When tragedies strike time can often seem still, amidst the fear and uncertainty of change. While our fire fighters have worked relentlessly to save homes and wildlife, it is truly my hope that our music and this marathon may communicate our gratitude to them, and kindle the collective strength of the emotions we hold forward.”
Find out more about the fundraising marathon and the musician lineup .here