Day 7

Today has been a really pleasant and relaxing day in more great Australian Company.

Having already met Anthony Maydwell on Friday night we were looking forward to taking part in another concert organised by him. This time involved heading across to his house in Kalamunda, just east of Perth.

He had very kindly invited us all to lunch at his house followed by a tour of the scrub behind. It was amazing to see some of the native flora and fauna and he was very knowledgable and full of interesting facts about the area.

After a wonderful lunch we were driven to the Kalamunda History Village, a really fascinating look at how Kalamunda has changed over the years and the history of the area.

The concert was at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, which contained a fantastic theatre space. After a fairly short rehearsal the whole team gave a concert to a full house! There were so many highlights that it is impossible to list them all, however the Cats Duet returned, by popular demand! All of our international soloists also gave performances Cecelia De Maria & Joseph Aquilina along with our soloists from the Royal Over-Seas league Yelian He and Les Neish.

We really enjoyed our day with Anthony Maydwell who spent the day really looking after us so well.

On our return to Perth a small group of pupils visited Fast Eddies a rather cool little pub / restaurant / bistro which is about two blocks from our appartements and the conversations and laughter are still continuing outside my appartement door even now!

It really has been a fantastic first week!

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Day two

This morning the team visited Willetton Senior High School just outside Perth. The visit started with a concert to the year eight students that all the members of the team performed in. The pupils were introduced to the concert with a great warm up. LT led the first warm up item and got nearly 100 pupils singing an African version of “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes!”

The concert continued with an original arrangement of several folk tunes performed by 3 violins, guitar, cello and the amazing melodica!! Yellian, one of our two soloists from the Royal Over-Seas League, introduced the cello to the year 8s before playing Mark Summer’s Julio. This fiery piece was incredible and demonstrated some fantastically cool techniques. Our tuba soloist Les Neish finished the concert off with variations on a theme of the Carnival of Venice, accompanied by improvisations from 8 members of the team!

Following on from the concert, the team led several workshops and masterclasses with schoolchildren. Les and two of the young musicians took the brass players, 4 of the team including Pete and Yellian worked with string players, Nick Oliver and 3 pianists from the team took the pianists for a masterclass and Alison Cox with 6 composers from the team directed a composition workshop exploring the theme of ‘journeys’!

The morning has been fantastic and it was really interesting to see the leafy suburbs of Perth as well as meet up with some local young musicians and staff from one of Australia’s finest public schools

Pictures here

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