In 2008, a group of Concordia Music students and staff travelled to France to perform concerts to assist in commemorations for the 90th anniversary of the end of World War 1. In 2014, a different group completed a similar tour, and this year, ten years after the first trip, having rehearsed intensely for nine weeks in Term 2, another group was fortunate enough to participate in concerts to help mark the centenary of the end of WWI in France and Belgium.
Performing in nine concerts in just 13 days, this group represented Concordia, and indeed Australia, with respect and a great deal of distinction. Whilst our itinerary was jam packed with performances, the group took time exploring museums, Australian war memorials (including the new Sir John Monash Centre in Villiers Bretonneux), historic landmarks and churches, gathering information and some understanding of Australia’s essential contribution during WWI. The students also had the opportunity to sample delicious French and Belgium food, art (visiting the Louvré) and of course a good deal of shopping.
There were too many wonderful experiences to mention here, but some highlights include; six performances in the Somme area, attending the Le Hamel Centenary Service (televised live into Australia) and laying a wreath at this important occasion, laying a wreath at Menin Gate (Ypres), vising Disneyland (Paris) and Universal Studios (Singapore), attending two local church services (Peronne and Ypres), performing under the Arc de Triomphe and in La Madeleine, shopping on the Champs Elysees, and many wonderful dinners in places such as Montmartre, and while cruising down the Seinne (Paris).
My special thanks go to Music staff members Martin Cheney and Jenni Watkins for attending the tour, looking after the 26 students in our care for two weeks, and for assisting me in all manner of organisational efforts prior to and during the trip. I would also like to congratulate all of the touring students for the way they worked so closely as a team, and for their superb efforts in all our musical and touring endeavours.
Director of Music
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Parents, grandparents and friends of the College are warmly invited to our second Harmony in the Chapel lunchtime concert for 2018 on Monday 6 August.
The concert begins at 1.15pm (doors open at 1pm) and finishes at around 2pm at which time tea and coffee will be available in the foyer.
All welcome. Gold coin donation.