Day 9

We’ve spent the day doing a wide variety of different things! The morning we walked to St Margaret’s Children’s Hospital to take part in their carers day.

The day was a real eye opener and very moving. It started with one carer describing her journey, which was very moving and really opened our eyes to how important it is to look after everyone involved not just those that are most obviously in need.

After the talks the group performed a couple of very short items. Our Maltese contingent, Joseph Aquilina and Cecilia De Maria, both performed beautifully before the day moved into the main carers day exhibition area. This was where our Trinidad and Singaporean groups both performed. It was the first day that we have been able to use the PA from Ashton Admor to its max and it worked fantastically well. Both groups were really pleased with the result and the buzz in the room created by these two amazing groups was incredible.

Whilst the two groups were playing the young musicians from Chethams and Purcell went to play to the Children’s Wards. This has generated so many memories not only for the children on the wards but also our young musicians who have been reliving the moments that they’ve had with the children ever since.

After walking back, the evening consisted of one of the most important events on the tour, the Commonwealth Festival Gala Concert with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.

The young musicians were invited to the pre concert reception and were also invited to perform for the VIP guests. The concert itself included our ROSL soloist Yelian He who performed Haydn’s second Cello concerto, which was also broadcast live nationally on ABC classic FM!

Tomorrow the young musicians are heading to Perth Modern school whilst the soloists are going to be collaborating with our Singaporeans on a large-scale joint piece to be performed later in the week…

My morning…

I had such a fun morning that I thought I would share it with you all!

Being a bit of a techy geek it’s down to me to sort out the PA (speakers and Mics etc) for the bands from Singapore and Trinidad, who arrived yesterday and this morning.

This morning I set off to pick up speakers from Ashton Admor, who were highly recommended to us by Dr Rob Braham from Trinity College. I met Chris, the hire manager, at the warehouse and had the opportunity to look round the tech store. It was a bit like an Aladdin’s cave for me and I had the time of my life rooting through some of their fantastic equipment. I was particularly impressed by the beautiful Turbosound rigs that they had and it was really interesting to find out about sound hire equipment on the other side of the world. (for me, it was very interesting to talk about microphones that we use in the UK and ones that they use in Australia)

For those who are interested we have…

I really cannot thank Ashton Admor enough for their amazing help and assistance, I would have been lost without their incredible understanding and assistance!