Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium students last week were taken on a musical journey to India, experiencing the rich culture and musical wonders of a vibrant country.
Students were given the opportunity to practice and build on their musical skills and knowledge through project-based activities that form Queensland Conservatorium Project Week. Students worked with renowned international artists such as soprano Patricia Rozario (winner of the gold medal and Maggie Teyte Prize, London Guildhall School of Music) and granddaughter of famous composer and cricketer Sir Donald Bradman, Greta Bradman.
Project Week Directors Dan Bendrups and Steve Newcomb were excited to note the crossover between the much-anticipated fourth festival of the ‘Encounters’ series, Encounters: India.
“We anticipate students will gain invaluable experiences and knowledge of India’s musical culture from the program planned,” said Mr Bendrups.
International guests also lead students and the community on an extraordinary Indian adventure filled with traditional music, Bollywood dance, masterclasses, symposiums and daily performances.
“With a wide range of activities and free events, students will be able to explore and broaden their musical minds through Indian culture.”
Project Week suspends normal timetabled classes in order to facilitate student participation with the many activities on offer.
“Students are given the opportunity to embrace the incredible musical diversity on offer at their own leisure,” said Mr Newcomb.
“Opera singers were inspired in their masterclass by the effortless and eloquent voice of Patricia Rozario.
“Queensland Conservatorium is a music school that shapes not only the craft each students possess but opens their minds to the musical world,” said Mr Bendrups.
Conservatorium staff also assisted the week’s performances, showcasing their talents and expertise. Performances included The Drone, featuring Professor Huib Schipper (sitar), The Drum featuring Vanessa Tomlinson (director) and The Guru featuring Gregory Massingham (tenor).
Students were given industry knowledge in workshops and masterclasses hosted by many international guests including Rohan de Saram on cello and Ramli Ibrahim on movement.
Project week this semester highlighted India’s vibrant culture and the power of music connecting communities.