The China tour celebrating Australian music

It was an absolute privilege to take a wonderful group of 39 Carey students from Years 9 to 11 on a 16-performance tour of China. I could not imagine a nicer group of young people, and we should be very proud of this group and their achievements. At the core of our tour was the 50-minute music theatre show I Am Australian, which we presented to schools in Beijing, Xian, Nanjing and Shanghai. The performance featured Australian repertoire, including an original piece especially written for the ensemble by Gloria Yu, one of our students. The engaging program gave a quick snapshot of Australian history. One segment compared Australia and China. In land mass they are quite similar, but the Chinese population is 150 times larger than ours. We spent a week in Shanghai, which has a population 28 million greater than the whole of Australia! We did spend quite a lot of time sitting in traffic.

It was terrific visiting other schools. One school performed a carefully rehearsed version of ‘Give me a home among the gumtrees’ in our honour! Our performances were very well received wherever we went.

Of course, we also had plenty of time for sightseeing. Highlights were the Summer Palace, the Terracotta Warriors and the water towns we visited.

Upcoming performances
Senior School Speech Night is coming up on 21 October. Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra both perform at Speech Night, so we do hope that Middle School members of these ensembles will be able to join us at the Melbourne Town Hall. The Middle School Presentation Night is earlier than usual this year on Monday 11 November, and around a third of all Middle School students will be on stage for this event. Full details of rehearsals will follow in the next week or two.

Martin Arnold
Head of Music