China music trip hits high note

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

Geographe Bay Music Group departed Busselton on Saturday, November 25 for a 10-day cultural and musical exchange in China.

About 35 students, five teachers and four parents, travelled to China to perform at schools in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

The group amalgamated students from Busselton Senior High School, Cape Naturaliste College and students from five Busselton and Dunsborough-based primary schools.

Musical director Nicky Hair said the students made lasting memories and gained life skills.

“It was a chance to showcase their musical skills and for some it was their first overseas trip,” she said.

The students also visited tourist sites including the Great Wall, Summer Palace, The Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and the Shanghai Observatory.

Ms Hair said music was a universal language and the group’s performances enthused Chinese audiences.

“We didn’t understand each other language-wise but when we started playing, we did, so it was really quite magical,” she said.

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