The 3MBS Marathon returns for its ninth year in 2021 with a day celebrating the music of Joseph Haydn. 

Known as the ‘Father of the Symphony AND the String Quartet’, the 3MBS 2021 Haydn Marathon is a day not to be missed. 

Hear some of Australia’s finest musicians perform Haydn favourites and lesser-known works. You’ll be able to join the audience or watch every concert online.

Purchase a discounted early bird Festival Pass to all five concerts to see some of Australia’s finest musicians perform including Arcadia Winds, Elyane Laussade, Rohan de Korte, Kristian Chong, Tristan Lee, Amir Farid, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra and many more.


A message from Artistic Director, Chris Howlett

Johann Peter Salomon was one of the most outstanding violinists and conductors of his time, his fame today, however, continues because of his connection with Joseph Haydn. Salomon and Haydn became the closet of friends and Johann believed that Haydn’s music should be accessible to all, no matter what orchestral strengths, financial position or situation a presenter or group of musicians found themselves in… Hence we find ourselves today with a plenitude of choral, concerti and orchestral works rearranged by Haydn and or Salomon to fit any occasion or situation. It also gives valuable insight for our generation of composers and arrangers to examine and showcase their skills using the works of Haydn.

Haydn is also, without doubt, one of the most influential composers within our genre – the grandfather of the String Quartet, the Piano Trio, the Keyboard sonata, the Symphony, the Opera and the Concerto. At the 3MBS Haydn Marathon held on Saturday 27 February, we celebrate all of these genres with a plenitude of much loved Melbourne faces that we have missed for so long over these long and endless months.

The five concerts on the day will showcase some of the most loved works including his Trumpet and Cello concertos, his Gyspy Rondo Piano trio, Paris and London symphonies and of course his truly incredible Missa Cellensis. Following the 3MBS Marathon tradition, we also dive into the world of the lesser known with a number of rarely performed treasures.

Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St