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Byline: Musica Viva
At Musica Viva, 2020 brought on a wave of change that reached all parts of the organisation.
A nationwide lockdown brought our much anticipated, 75th anniversary International Concert Season to a grinding halt, having completed only one full tour in February with pianist, Garrick Ohlsson. Our Musica Viva In Schools (MVIS) ensembles also found themselves at a stand-still, with a year's worth of in-school performances suddenly up in the air as to whether or not they could go ahead. A tough year to launch something new... which was exactly what happened with Strike A Chord - the national chamber music championship for high school ensembles.
But aside from the many hurdles we have faced in 2020, we're incredibly grateful for our positive outlook and incredible staff who have achieved so much during this turbulent time. Our state teams have taken some time to reflect and share a moment from the year that they cherish. For a year filled with uncertainity, the music did not stop!
Western Australia has been the lucky state. Although we were in lockdown at the start of the year and like all states we were forced to cancel schools visits and all our International Concert Series, as the year progressed, so our restrictions lifted.
The WA team were central to helping MVIS pivot to online performances, with our state coordinator Helen Dwyer realising her talent for producing, which resulted in many 5.30am starts producing 8.30am shows in the eastern states. Some of our other highlights have included a return to stage concert at Government House Ballroom, and a 5-day intensive residency with Adam Hall and the Velvet Players at the truly remote Laverton Primary School along with its tiny surrounding satellite schools (Laverton is 952kms north-east of Perth!).
The Honourable Governor Kim Beazley hosted an event at his house - Government House – as part of our anniversary celebrations where Strike A Chord entrants, The Milennium Trio performed. In Perth we wrapped up our musical year with a glorious Reconnect concert at Perth Concert Hall, featuring local star musicians, Sara Macliver and Joseph Nolan, recorded by ABC Classic and celebrating our 75th anniversary onstage after the show.
- Fiona Campbell, WA State Manager