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Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Australia: The Fading Symphony

December 11th, 2015

Episode 1347 of 5181 episodes

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive terminal neurological disease with no known cure or effective treatment. Each day in Australia two people die from and two people are diagnosed with MND. People living with the disease progressively lose the use of their limbs and the ability to speak, swallow and breathe whilst their mind and senses usually remain in tact. In August 2015, Australian musician, actor and comedian Tim Minchin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Photoplay Films came together at the City Recital Hall for 'The Fading Symphony'. Created by independent Sydney agency The Works for MND Australia, the piece features Minchin and the SSO in an innovative re-recording and video of the Crowded House hit 'Don't Dream It's Over' highlighting the physical impacts of the disease metaphorically through the deteriorating performances of the artists. As Minchin and the orchestra perform a moving rendition of the track, they fall gradually silent as if they were affected by MND. Viewers are asked to donate and are rewarded with the orchestra coming back to life and performing the rest of the iconic song. VIEW THE CONCEPT

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