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Brockton School’s World Music Program represents Canada internationally!

Brockton School’s World Music Program represents Canada internationally!

The mission statement of Brockton School's World Music Program is to foster a compassionate, global consciousness through the creation and performance of musical works. This year’s European Tour gave students ample opportunities for meaningful collaboration and engagement with various communities in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Germany. 

In early July, 43 students from Brockton School embarked on a three-country European tour. The planning started in 2017 with an invitation from the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Festival, based in the world’s capital of music Vienna, Austria. Music Directors Adrian Dyck and Paige Freeborn began working with local tour company Ellison Travel & Tours, and planned an experience for their students that would be rich in culture and compassion. Over the 15-day tour, students performed a feature concert in Vienna’s Musikverein Golden Hall, one of the most famous concert halls in the world and home of one of the world’s top orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic. After their performance, the capacity audience of 2000 gave the WMP a five-minute standing ovation - a great honour!  

The WMP performed at Vienna’s MuTH, home of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the new concert hall in Bad Tatzmannsdorf. They did outdoor performances in Werfenweng (under Europe’s largest umbrella) and in the charming Austrian town of Bad Ischl. 

Outreach performances included seniors’ homes in the Czech Republic and Germany, as well as a benefit concert for victims of the Chernobyl Disaster in the Medieval city of Ybbs an der Donau. A highlight of the tour was a summer evening performance at one of Vienna’s most famous symbols, the Prater, the world’s oldest amusement park, for an audience of hundreds. Another  highlight was performing at the closing reception of the Summa Cum Laude Festival for an audience of over 1500 people in a 42-metre-high glass pyramid, filled with 200 tropical plants. As part of the Summa Cum Laude Festival, students also had the opportunity to do a two-hour workshop with Europe’s marimba star Christoph Sietzen, who was extremely encouraging, and gave some excellent feedback. 

World Music Program students performed a record 11 performances in their first 13 days on the ground!

Students extended their tour by visiting two concentration camps and historic sites, such as Prague Castle, the Berlin Wall, and Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The tour wrapped up with a tour of the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, where students met with the Deputy Head of Public Affairs & Head of Education & Youth at Embassy of Canada to Germany. 

We are touched by the outpouring of appreciation we received from our European audiences, and extremely proud of all of our students for stepping into their roles as cultural Ambassadors for Brockton School, the North Shore, and Canada. We are also extremely grateful for all of the support we have received from Ellison Travel & Tours, the Summa Cum Laude Festival, Therapiezentrum Ybbs/Donau, our festival sponsors, and Brockton families and staff! 


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