Day 1 part II

Having picked up the van today. Martin and I joined the team at Trinity College, a wonderful boys school just on the other side of the city from where we are staying. The school has been really kind to us and even gave us a lift to the school before loaning us their beautiful, new music department to rehearse and practise in.

Following on from the days hard rehearsal (whilst jet lagged!) Trinity college even invited us to join them for our first night and produced a fantastic “Ozzie Barbie” for all the team. We were joined for supper by around 15 of their year 12 music students (who are busy preparing for their final exams!!) whom after supper introduced us to Ozzie rules.

We are so grateful to Trinity College for the kind support, they have made us feel so welcome and we cant wait to work with them again later on in the week!

I’m now sat in our apartment enjoying a nice cup of tea looking forward to tomorrow’s day at Willetton Senior High School, where we will be working with their year 8 pupils and showing them several instruments as well as taking a short choral workshop and giving masterclasses in composition and performance.

Pipers in Perth!


I am Lucie!! this is my very fiiiirst post of the PERTH 2011 trip, contributing as one of the Perth team, and I wanted to share something amazing which happened this evening!!

First day in Perth, sitting having a barbecue, chatting, we froze as the sound of … BAGPIPES rang through the air!

I am from Scotland and hearing bagpipes in a school in the other side of the world … was …


Bagpipes in Perth, Australia!

First morning!



So its a fairly lazy morning for the team as we try and recover from our jetlag! However Martin and I have just been out to east Victoria park to pick up the van.

Travelling by bus and on foot was a great way of seeing the city, and you can see that it looks like everything is getting ready for the big CHoGM! By a little green toward the centre of the city we took a bus to the van hire place! Both Martin and I were pleased to see some native Australian Wildlife!! Although we aren’t quite sure what the plural or collective noun of kangaroo might be!

We’re just off to meet the team at trinity college now and Yellian is due to arrive and join us fairly soon.

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Potters Bar Definitly Resounded

Many many congratulations to the Purcell Perth Team for their excellent performance at Potter’s Bar last night to a packed house. The Concert was a great success and we have already been invited back to play there next year!

Tonight the group will be performing again tonight at the Little Missenden Festival this will be the final major concert before we set off to Australia next Saturday!

Pre-CHoGM ROSL Gala Concert

A morning of rehearsing for todays Royal Over-Seas League concert has passed us by and once again the two teams, Purcell & Chethams, are working together to produce some fantastic music. So far the opening piece – Tschaikovsky, string quartet no.1 op.11 – has jumped out as a highlight. But we still await the ROSL soloists who will be joining us for the Gala concert at 3.

The concert includes original pieces composed by members of our own team of young musicians alongside other well known great pieces of music. You can find the full programme on our calendar page.

We’re giving the concert in the iconic Princess Alexandra Hall in Overseas House this afternoon at 3pm tickets are available on the door for £12.

Pre-Perth Purcell Resounds Tour

We’ve just announced details of the Purcell Resounds concerts that our Purcell pupils will be taking part in!

Pinner Resounds,
Saturday 24th September

Royal Over-Seas League Pre-CHoGM Gala Concert
Sunday 25th September
This concert will also feature some of our Chethams friends!

Potters Bar Resounds
Friday 7th October

Little Missenden Festival
Saturday 8th October

All of the concerts and events linked to the Australia trip can be found on our calendar

There’s still more info to come so keep checking back

The weekend

This weekend four of the Purcell team have travelled up to a little village in Derbyshire to prepare and team build. Seeing as we are so far north we have decided to travel up to join the Chethams team in Manchester which has given us a great opportunity to rehearse for the Royal Over-Seas League Gala concert in London next Sunday which the two schools are both taking part in.

So far we have looked at several string quartets from the usual repertoire of Dvorak’s American Quartet and Tschaikovsky’s quartet (op. 11) to several new compositions by members of the team.

The day has been very useful for us all to get to grips with possible programmes that we could put together in Perth during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting 2011. We’ve also used the day to meet everyone again and prepare for our two weeks down under.

We’ll blog again soon to keep you updated with the concert programme or visit our calendar