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Greg Arnold Plays the Opera House

18 Dec 2013

Greg Arnold, Bachelor of Music Industry Head of program, has played on the steps of the Sydney Opera House as part of a trio which included band mate John Bedggood and Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst.

The Opera House was host to the Red Cross Statutory Meetings for 2013. The meetings, which are held annually, bring together over one thousand delegates from around the world to discuss operations of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Red Cross Australia had the honour of hosting this year’s event, taking over the iconic Australian building for the week.

The musical performance in November was held to kick off the start of the meetings. The group played on the Opera House steps in front of the crowd of delegates. Their set included the song “Close My Eyes”, a song that the Red Cross commissioned Greg to write and record in 2006. Red Cross Australia put together an accompanying video presentation which was shown as the trio played the song.

“It was an amazing experience for me,” said Greg. “Looking over the harbor, playing with Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil, it felt like such an iconic Australian experience. After speaking to students about Australian Music and culture all semester, it felt like a really great way to round out the year. It’s always great to do some more work for the Red Cross too. It makes everything even better when you’re working for such a good cause.”

The Australian Red Cross are currently running important fundraising appeals for the Syrian CrisisTyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines and helping families in crisis over christmas.

Photo: NMIT music lecturer Greg Arnold on guitar, John Bedggood on keyboards, and former Midnight Oil drummer Rob Hirst playing for the Red Cross international meeting at the Sydney Opera House. One of the songs played was “Close My Eyes”, a song that the Australian Red Cross commissioned Greg Arnold to write and record in 2006. Original Image courtesy of Australian Red Cross / Flickr. Used with Permission.

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