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WASO launches cross cultural exchange with China

Zhao Yunpeng (CPO Principal Cello) and Rod McGrath (WASO Principal Cello

Zhao Yunpeng (CPO Principal Cello) and Rod McGrath (WASO Principal Cello). Photo: Min Yang.

In March an exciting new partnership was launched between the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and the Australia China Business Council (Western Australia) (ACBC WA). The partnership will see the three organisations work together on an exchange project that will foster cultural awareness and share expertise between both orchestras.

The project was launched at the ACBC WA’s Chinese New Year Dinner in March, with the President, Vice President and Concertmaster of the China Philharmonic Orchestra travelling to Perth for the announcement. A milestone of the partnership will be WASO’s first tour to China in 10 years, with WASO being formally invited to take part in the Beijing Music Festival in October 2016.

The partnership commenced in December last year with three musicians from WASO travelling to China for a week of rehearsals and performances with the CPO. Following the first visit by CPO delegates in March, three musicians from the CPO joined WASO to perform with the Orchestra in April. Further visits have been scheduled for musicians and management staff from both orchestras to travel and spend time with their counterparts, sharing knowledge and experiences.

The initial phase of the project has been made possible with funding from both the Australian and West Australian Governments and support from WASO corporate partner Singapore Airlines.