The Dionysus Ensemble in the Solomon Islands
The Commonwealth Resounds Ensemble-in-Residence, the Dionysus Ensemble recently travelled to the Solomon Islands to lead a musical project for young people. This project provided expert instrumental teaching for existing students in piano and violin as well as giving some children their first ever instrumental lessons, including the first ever cello lesson on the Islands!
The Dionysus Ensemble ran a “Go Compose Solomon Islands” day, which for the first time, introduced composition and trained the students not only how to create their own music, but to write it down. The day was focussed on music theory and notation practices as well as the importance of music being documented for posterity so that their music can be shared, performed by others and last into the future. Our students returned over the following few days with pages of newly created music, which they’d worked on at home after class, to ask advice, seek out new ideas and direction and to check their work with us. We performed and recorded all of their pieces for them so that each student now has a professionally performed record of their first piece.
I couldn’t sleep last night because I wanted to practise!
You taught me to be brave and to play the piano
Great teachers and musicians. Loved learning from them and listening to them playing their instruments. Such great inspirations.
Beyond this Project
We would love to be able to continue the work that we started – to put in place regular teaching, a regular concert itinerary in which they could perform, to develop their composition skills, to increase the number of students able to have access to PASI and to take desperately needed resources such as instruments, spare strings, manuscript paper and music stands over for them.
This project would not have been possible without the kind and generous support of our sponsors and supporters.
- The British High Commission, Honiara
- Solomon Airlines
- Universal Edition
- The Mercers’ Company
- The Royal Society of St George
- Imperial Travel, Solomon Islands
Find out more! A full account of the Dionysius ensemble’s time in the Solomon Islands can be found here