The Song That Stops The Nation

Celebration Day 2017
Jim Finn
| October 23, 2018

On Thursday 1 November a momentous event is taking place.  School children from all over Australia will take part in the biggest simultaneous sing-along in the entire world.  I am of course talking about Music: Count Us In (MCUI), Music Australia’s national, free music education program.  Funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Education and Training, MCUI has been growing continuously over the past 12 years to become Australia’s largest school initiative.

Last year saw over 660,000 students and 8,000 teachers from 3,000 schools sing the annual program song together at the same time all around Australia.  This year’s Celebration Day promises to be even bigger with almost 10,000 teachers registered for the 2018 program.

The 2018 program song was written by five talented students alongside program ambassador John Foreman and program mentor Justine Clarke at the song writing workshop in Sydney. Recorded by students at Sony’s in house Sydney studio, ‘One Song’ was the final result.  This song, which celebrates unity and the joy of music, will now be performed at the same time, on the same day all around Australia.

This year’s main Celebration Day event will be live streamed from the Bellerive Boardwalk in Hobart, Tasmania with John Foreman OAM hosting the day’s proceedings.  The broadcast will feature performances from a combined schools band and choir as well as from 2018 mentor Justine Clarke.

The MCUI live broadcast from Hobart will begin at 12:00pm (EDT) on Thursday 1 November.  In the lead up to this year’s broadcast we will also be live streaming the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s schools concert.  This concert will begin at 10:30am (EDT) and will finish with a special orchestral performance of ‘One Song’ at 11:15am (EDT).  This can all be viewed through the MCUI Live Stream Website.  The table below shows the timings for the live stream around Australia.  We do hope you can tune in and join us for the song that stops the nation.


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