The Melodians has been in discussion with the Tongan High Commission about a possible exchange with a brass band from Tonga in 2019. The idea came about from a previous player with the Melodians – Lady Berkeley (or Dido as we know her), when she visited Tonga this year. She was overwhelmed by the welcome she received from the Tongan people and delighted by the many creative and talented people she met. She came back to the UK with one idea on her mind – to put forward a proposal for an exchange with a Tongan group to Terry Noel for him to take forward. If funding can be raised, the Melodians could be visiting Tonga in 2019 to perform and the Queen Salote College Brass Band would come to the UK.
Viliami Lolohea, the First Secretary of the High Commission of the Kingdom of Tonga came to our rehearsal last night in order to meet us and start the discussions.
Here is a performance of the Queen Salote Brass Band in Tonga.
Looking forward to an interesting 2019.