Issue 13
Monday, 14 August 2017
Charles Darwin University
Nanjing University Orchestra: a musical bridge between cultures
Nanjing University Orchestra: a musical bridge between cultures

Student orchestra to play Confucius suite

By Andrew Hall

A Chinese student orchestra that has won prestigious international competitions will play in Darwin at the end of the month.

Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) in Beijing is sponsoring the Nanjing University Symphony Orchestra to play at Woodroffe Primary School in Palmerston on 28 August to celebrate – with students, staff, parents and friends – the opening of a Confucius Classroom at the school earlier this year.

Charles Darwin University’s Confucius Institute Chinese Director Associate Professor Wang Hua was a driving force behind Hanban granting permission for the Northern Territory’s first Confucius Classroom to be established.

“We are honoured to have this world-renowned orchestra playing at a primary school in Darwin,” Director Wang said.

“It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the strengthening of educational ties between Australia and China.

“In a world in which societal, economic and cultural borders are increasingly blurred it is important that we take a proactive stance when it comes to preparing our young people for the future.”

The orchestra will arrive in Darwin after its only other Australian performance, at Melbourne University.