The combined forces of the Brisbane Chorale, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will assemble at Brisbane City Hall to perform two of the most spectacular works in the orchestral and choral repertoire.

The unprecedented event will see more than 200 local musicians gather together to perform The Planets by Gustav Holst and Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton.

This performance — which will serve as the opening of the 2017 4MBS Festival of Classics — will be the first time the three ensembles have worked together collectively, a necessity to satisfy the symphonic forces required for each work.

The Planets, a musical tour through the solar system, is one of the most well-known orchestral works of all time (and continues to impact pop culture through its influence on John Williams’ Star Wars scores), while Belshazzar’s Feast, which sets the downfall of the decadent empire of Babylon to music, is regarded as one of the pinnacles of 20th century choral repertoire.

Peter Luff, an Associate Professor at the Queensland Conservatorium and Associate Principal Horn of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, will oversee the ambitious endeavour.

“People underestimate the quality of community music-making happening here in Brisbane,” Luff says.

“The standard is startlingly high and there is a thriving scene. There are few community groups in Australia that could even entertain the thought of performing The Planets let alone combining it in program with Belshazzar’s Feast, and these two Brisbane orchestras along with Brisbane Chorale are more than up to the task.

“It’s going to be a spectacular event and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

The Brisbane Chorale, Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and Brisbane Symphony Orchestra will play The Planets by Gustav Holst and Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton at Brisbane City Hall on Sunday 28 May from 3pm. Tickets are available at 4MBS.com.au.