John Foreman's Aussie Pops Orchestra and friends perform a beautiful rendition of 'What A Wonderful World'.Image: YouTube
Some of Australia's best-known performers have come together via their phones to perform a goosebump-inducing rendition of Louis Armstrong's classic 'What A Wonderful World' that's sure to bring a smile to your face.
John Foreman's Aussie Pops Orchestra and friends (including Dami Im, Harrison Craig, Isaiah Firebrace, Courtney Act and Casey Donovan), in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, decided to offer the community a little respite and brighten your day, while raising awareness of music industry charity Support Act.
"This rotten virus has affected everyone," John says, "but the impact on the arts community has been particular severe, with concerts, tours, theatre shows and so much more, all suddenly cancelled.
"But in spite of this, the brilliant musicians of the Aussie Pops Orchestra and the amazing, wonderful guest artists didn't hesitate to phone in their parts. We really hope this song will brighten your day and draw attention to the wonderful work of Support Act."
"This is the perfect message for the times, delivered in the perfect way," Clive Miller, Support Act's CEO, says. "We applaud John, the Orchestra and the performers for brightening our day with this wonderful song and for reminding us of the importance of live performance and looking out for each other."
Adds John: "Please stay safe – and when this current crisis is over, arts communities everywhere will be looking for your face in the audience.
"We hope it's not too long before we can experience live music, together in the same room. But, for now, please enjoy the Aussie Pops Isolation Orchestra."
Those to feature include Dami Im, Harrison Craig, Isaiah Firebrace, Silvie Paladino, Courtney Act, Rhonda Burchmore, Maria Venuti, Sheldon Riley, Lucy Durack, Trevor Ashley, Aydan Calafiore, Bert and Patti Newton, Casey Donovan, Denis Walter and the Aussie Pops Orchestra led by John Foreman.