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!!

New arrivals …

On day 5 I blogged that Maltese Tenor, Joseph Aquilina, had arrived I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce all the members of the team who have arrive with us so far!

We of course have the Chethams and Purcell Schools of music, the biggest and oldest specialist music schools in the UK. Chethams is based in Manchester and Purcell just outside North London. Both schools have sent 6 – 7 pupils aged 16 – 18 to perform to and encourage young musicians in Australia.

The combined teams of Purcell and Chethams Schools

Joining the schools are two Royal Over-Seas League soloists, Les Neish and Yelian He who have been with us since we arrived. Les Neish is an international Tuba soloists and has joined us whilst he has joined us whilst he is touring Australia and New Zealand for 5 weeks! Yelian He has flown out as part of a 3 week tour of Australia, originally from Melbourne he is currently a post graduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Yelian will be performing the Haydn Cello Concerto with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as part of the Commonwealth festival

Joseph Aquilina

We are also very lucky to be joined by two Maltese musicians, one old friend who was on the original Commonwealth Resounds tour as a Purcell School pupil. Cecelia De Maria rejoins the team as a harp soloist and two days ago we were also joined by the celebrated Maltese Joseph Aquilina

Joseph is a world-renowned Tenor soloist and notably has performed for the Commonwealth Heads of Government before when it was in Malta where he sang to many dignitaries from around the World.

Joseph has also recorded for major international record labels and has championed the work of many Maltese Soloists. We are especially pleased to be joined by him and would like to thank the Maltese Government for supporting him whilst he is out in Australia.

We are due to be joined very shortly by more musicians from Singapore and from Trinidad. The Commonwealth Resounds is managing to bring together musicians from all over the World to share musical ideas and experiences!

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Les Neish will now be in the southern hemisphere, but before he left, he found time to appear in the 4 bars rest news, which you can find here. We are really pleased that Les has been able to fit the Commonwealth Resounds tour into Perth as his performance at the Royal Over-Seas League Pre CHoGM Gala Concert a few weeks ago was absolutely stunning and we cant wait to work with him again.

Les’ full tour schedule can be found here.

Along with Les, the two schools are joined by two other incredible soloists Yellian He on Cello and Cecilia De Mari on the Harp.

In just a week today the two schools Chethams and Purcell will be flying out to Perth. The trip is starting look very close!!

Hello…

Welcome to the Perth 2011 Commonwealth Resounds homepage. The website will contain details of our commonwealth trip to Perth during October 2011.

The Commonwealth Resounds is an organisation seeking to identify and promote outstanding musical initiatives in Commonwealth countries, develop partnerships between artists from different cultural origins and support training programmes for young musicians. These objectives will be realised through performances, seminars, projects, masterclasses, discussions and outreach work

In October 2011 Chethams school of music in Manchester and The Purcell School of music in Bushey are running a joint trip to Perth, Australia and will be running events alongside the Commonwealth Peoples Forum which takes place at the same time as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM). This website is set up so that you can find out more about this trip.

We will also be blogging about our trip and the events around it over the next few months so watch this space or sign up to our blog by using the subscription button to the right!