It feels far to early in the morning but 6 tired and hungry teenagers (+1 chethams girl and the trip staff!) have just returned to the UK safe and sound from the trip of a lifetime! We now have a full day of teaching and lessons in front of us to cure the jet lag!
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…
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.
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
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!
Today, we boys went out for a wander around Perth and took a fair few photos. Mr Banks has given us access to the website so that we can share these with you and the world!!!
We managed to track down some wild Australian animals, and really enjoyed seeing Perth from new angles
We hope you enjoy Perth through our eyes!
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!!
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.
We’ve just announced details of the Purcell Resounds concerts that our Purcell pupils will be taking part in!
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
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!