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To mark its 20th birthday the National Museum of Australia commissioned renowned classical guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan to compose 20 short pieces of music inspired by objects from the Museum’s collection.

This composition's working title was The Australia Suite. With the support of our donor community, This is Us: A Musical Reflection of Australia was performed for the first time at a concert to celebrate the Museum’s birthday in 2021 at the National Museum in Canberra.

Thank you

Thank you to all our donors, including those who chose to remain anonymous, who helped us reach our fundraising target of $40,000. This appeal is now closed.

Donors $20,000+: Ulrike Klein AO

Donors $1,000–$9,999: Sally Anne Hasluck OAM, Professor Andrea Hull AO, Marjorie Lindenmayer, Peter Walker and Caroline Webber, Helen Todd, Louise Willey

Donors $50–$999: Dr Marion Amies, Robin and Mary-Ann Anderson, Daryl Blaxland, Dr Geoffrey Burkhardt, Alex and Linda Church, Mervyn and Shirley Cornish, Helen Cosgrove, Catherine Crompton and Tony Henshaw, Anne Fletcher, William Forster, Sue Fraser, Elizabeth Grant AM, Bradley Hinton, Terence and Valerie Hull, Dr Peter Ingle and Rosemary Ingle, Patricia Kneebone, Pat Macarthur, Robin and Joanna McLachlan, Dr Betty Meehan, Janet O'Dell-Teys, Lorraine Ovington, Rob Pallin, Helen Rankin, Hilary Rowell, Jennifer Rowland, Wendy Smith, Margaret Smythe, Helene Stead, Elizabeth Storrs, Lisa Turner, Frank Van Der Korput, Linda Wake, Diane Wright, Moh Yan Yang

The Australia Suite behind the scenes 3:50

Slava Grigoryan tells us about the creative process behind the composition and shares how objects from the Museum's collection informed and inspired their Museum commission.

Fundraising target reached

Your generous donations have enabled us to support the costs of the composition and will see us:

  • Deliver live performances of The Australia Suite at the Museum in Canberra and then in regional centres around the country.
  • Support recordings by the ABC to be distributed and shared with audiences online here in Australia and beyond.
  • Support discussion panels with the Grigoryan Brothers, exploring the music and the inspiration behind it.
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