To mark the Round 16 AFL Qclash game between Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast SUNS, Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) have released their renditions of each team's anthem.
Filmed and edited over a few days, the clips feature 21 musicians from QSO recorded under the baton of emerging conductor Stefanie Smith.
QSO's Chief Executive Craig Whitehead says music and sport belong together.
“One of the bright things to emerge from 2020 has been seeing Queensland become the home of the AFL,” Craig says. “Even though the AFL is a sport, there is also a long-standing musical tradition built into the game. As any red-blooded AFL team supporter knows, there is no more exhilarating moment than roaring out your team’s anthem to celebrate victory.”
“As Queensland’s largest musical team, we wanted to celebrate this musical connection – and cheer our on our two Queensland teams, the Gold Coast SUNS and the Brisbane Lions – by performing a rousing rendition of each team’s anthem, especially arranged for the glory and splendour of orchestral instruments.”
The orchestra worked with arranger Nicholas Buc on the renditions.