Chets team safely returned from Melbourne yesterday – back to freezing temperatures and work but at least the sun shone for us on our first day back. Long flight home but helped by discovering the pool and showers at Singapore airport en route.

Thanks to all for an amazing trip and especially to all Purcell and Chets pupils and staff – brilliant musicians and company one and all. let planning for the next TCR commence! Well, maybe not until next week…


Spent our last full day at Victoria College, a specialist music school in Melbourne city centre. Great day, composition session in the morning when Frankie and Stephen showed works which were on a screen for the audience to see and were played and discussed. Lunchtime concert given by both schools and then keyboard, string and WW masterclasses in the afternoon.

All the students had an evening out with their host families, whilst Sarah and Nick hit the town with Geoff and Rhonda! Great dinner in an outside restaurant and a drink in one of the hundreds of roof top bars. This morning is brilliant sunshine whilst we pack to leave. Hard to believe the Aussie adventure is ending – it’s been an amazing trip and huge congrats to all the Chets and Purcell crews who did so brilliantly.

Back to the UK and our day jobs – look forward to sharing memories and photos in the weeks ahead. Farewell for now from the Chets team.

Chets in Melbourne continued.

Thursday was our day in Westbourne college. Huge and spacious campus. The students all attended lessons with their hosts for the first 2 periods of the day (double Maths for Frankie!!), and then re-acquainted themselves with their instruments after a few days off. We then participated in string groups, band and choir rehearsals before giving a lunchtime concert.

More ensemble activities in the afternoon before we all headed back to the Hayhow’s for a BBQ. The students all helped out with the cooking (Stevie B especially impressing with the meat tongs) and had a great evening.

Last day tomorrow – it seems to have gone quickly and yet we also seem to have been here for a long time – good combination. One more update tomorrow before we leave on Saturday.

Chets in Melbourne

Sightseeing day in Melbourne city. We took the train to the city with Geoff Hayhow as our tour guide. Weather a bit grey and chilly but we had a great time exploring a fascinating city. It’s a mix of modern high rise and lots of narrow lanes crammed with shops and cafes, very continental in feel. We travelled around on the extensive tram network and between us saw much of the central distriact as well as St Kilda’s beach, numerous shops and the Percy Grainger museum! Sarah and Nick also took in the view of the city from top of the Eureka tower, the highest building in the southern hemisphere.

All the students returned to their host families for the evening. Back to work mode tomorrow with a day at Westbourne Grammar School where we are doing workshops and a concert.

Chets group arrive in Melbourne!

We made the most of our 48 hours in Sydney, finishing our time there with a ride around the city on the monorail stopping off at Darling Harbour to look around, and then we walked all the way across the famous harbour bridge and back. Stunning city – we all felt very lucky to have had the chance to visit.

Then we flew the short hop to Melbourne and met up with Geoff Hayhow at the airport. Drove out to their place and all the students were collected by their host families. Felt very strange with everyone heading off in different directions after over a fortnight together but all new and good experiences.

Brilliant to see Geoff and Rhonda again and looking forward to spending our final few days in Australia with them. More tomorrow.

Chets in Sydney Day 2

Chets in Sydney!!:))

Great day seeing the city and the famous landmarks. Took the ferry to Manly beach and spent a couple of hours on the ocean front there, then back to the city and a bit of time at Circular Quay and the Rocks. Then back to our apartments to change before visiting the Sydney Conservatoire. Had a tour round and listened to the rehearsal for a world premier of a piece for violin and small ensemble. Then to the Opera House for a fantastic performance of Don Giovanni. A pinch yourself to believe you were there evening!

Tomorrow a few more hours sightseeing before flying on to Melbourne. More from there!!


Chets group said farewell to Purcell group this morning and flew to Sydney. Nice views from the air although lots of turbulence.
Found our apartments in the city which are great and we then walked to Sydney tower, the highest building in the city, and took the lift to the top. Fab views as the sky darkened and the city lights came on. Also a lightening show from distant storms.
Walked back to Chinatown and had a great meal with compulsory use of chopsticks!
Only one broken piece of crockery which was good going.
Looking forward to sightseeing day tomorrow, with visit to Sydney conservatoire late afternoon and then Don Giovanni in the opera house:)
Hope Purcell group have safe trip back and Catherine too of course. Missing you!
Can’t upload photos from here but will do so when in Melbourne later in the week. Nick and Sarah. Gday!!

Farewell Australia

So the Purcell group is just at the gate in Perth airport enjoying their final meal, it’s a lovely civilised lounge but we did come up against our first instrument flight issue and one guitar has had to go in the hold as it might be a security risk! All other instruments are going in the cabin with us!

We are very sad to be leaving not least because we are all currently enjoying the clear blue sky and high 20’s temperature!

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