The Music Engagement Program has been operating since 1984, supported by the ACT Government, developing scholarly and practical resources and training for teachers and providing music making opportunities which engage thousands of children and teachers every year. The Big Gig is a mass community music-making event with 1300 students and community members leaping out of their seats in Llewellyn Hall to sing well-known songs together. Students attend from over 30 schools across Canberra, and the concert will be live-streamed to schools and community music organisations across the globe (last time a Big Gig was live-streamed it received a live audience of 7000 including hits from the USA, New Zealand, the UK, and parts of Asia). The concert includes an intergenerational, multi-ability, multicultural and multi-skilled singing group who will help to lead the songs, accompanied by a big band from Telopea Park School.
This event provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that the ANU School of Music continues to thrive and maintain relevance to the Canberra community and to a national and international audience, and makes a refreshing change from recent media attention.
25 October 2016
10:00 am and 11:30 am Concerts
Llewellyn Hall, ANU