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.
Video from Art Night 2018 on 7th July where Melodians collaborated with the artist Jeremy Deller to become an ‘Art Installation’ in Battersea by performing a single piece of music continuously for the entire evening from 6pm until 1am the next day (with just a 1 hour break for dinner). By my calculation around 50 performances.
It might have been difficult, but as the visitors to the event came and went each performance was fully appreciated and the Melodians put all their experience and enthusiasm into the event.
It’s always lovely to receive a thank you for an engagement we have played at, especially high profile ones. Received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for playing at the reception and dinner as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting on 19th April.
The Melodians will be taking part in a Steel Jazz Jam Session with the VIP Jazz band on 15th June in Minsk, Belarus.
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