Muscles required: Bonnie Jones had a go at lifting a Chinese yangqin, an instrument similar to a piano, yet played with rubber and bamboo sticks.THE sound of music has strengthened the bond between Taiwan and Margaret River after a concert left students from Margaret River Senior High School spellbound.
Last Friday the Chinese Orchestra of San-Min Primary School from Taiwan paid a visit to the South West to perform for the first time to a WA school.
Led by their teacher Fan Guan Hong, the students performed in a small ensemble traditional music with unique instruments such as the Chinese flute, erhu, pipa, yangqin and cello to create a feast of tunes for a one of a kind international exchange.
Some visiting students in action.
With students as young as 10 years old skilfully commanding the instruments, the group made their way through combined performances and individual instrument demonstrations in style.
Organiser Angela McCoy travelled to Taiwan to secure the visit over the holidays, helping to translate and explain the study habits and performance style of the visiting group to local students.
Not content watching on, MRSHS music students had a little something prepared for their friends from Taiwan, presenting them with two songs from an Australian perspective.
A MRSHS student shows the room how to pick the Chinese piano up.
“We thought, why don’t we exchange and show how good we are too,” organiser Angela McCoy said.
One of course had to Men at Work’s Down Under, leaving the visiting students smiling and tapping their feet, despite the language barrier.
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