The Honorary Consulate of Germany is very pleased to announce the establishment of the first West Australian German School Choir with their inaugural performance at the Day of German Unity Reception at Government House on 3rd October 2018. This year’s Day of German Unity Reception, commemorating 27 years of German and European unification, was a celebration of the long standing and diverse Australia-German cultural links. The choral performance exemplified this theme; it was a delightful cross-cultural exchange and an outstanding example of Australian-German cultural connections in W.A.
The choir is comprised of 18 Western Australian students who are studying German from Year 6 to Year 12. The students, who all have an interest in German and a desire to gain musical experience, represented a range of W.A. schools.
This year the following schools were represented in the choir: Baldivis Primary School Bull creek Primary School Goethe Society W.A. Makybe Rise Primary School Marmion Primary School Methodist Ladies College Parkwood Primary School Shelley Primary School West Coast Steiner School
The students undertook two months of practice under the direction of accomplished Concert Pianist and Music Teacher Mark Coughlan. Mark Coughlan; who is the Past Head of UWA School of Music, Concert Pianist, Conductor, Music Critic, Teacher and Concert Promoter, generously donated his time and musical expertise to the development of the choir. It was an exciting opportunity for students learning German to receive vocal instruction, tuition and gain musical experience at a high level.
In addition to musical tuition and vocal training at the practice sessions the students also rehearsed with their German Teachers to perfect the pronunciation and meaning of the songs.
It was wonderful to see all the students and parents hard work, time and dedication culminate in a delightful performance at the Day of German Unity Reception. The choir sang both the German and Australian National Anthems followed by two German songs; Mozart’s Bona Nox and the popular Brahm’s Guten Abend.
Two video’s of the performance are available to view by selecting the links below:
To celebrate WASO’s 90th year, Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, one of today’s supreme Wagner interpreters, leads two performances of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at Perth Concert Hall. These performances are sung in German with English subtitles.
Composed in a state of ecstatic infatuation, this groundbreaking opera is one of the greatest of all tragic love stories. Young lovers Tristan and Isolde share a passion so overwhelming that it transcends the bounds of their earthly existence. Thwarted in life, only in death can their love be transfigured and their souls united in a metaphysical hereafter.
To portray the heightened passions of this epic drama, Wagner pushed his music into unprecedented expressive territory, revolutionising the art form and forever changing the boundaries of the possible.
WASO is thrilled to welcome the finest Tristan of our time, superstar tenor Stuart Skelton, and world-renowned soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek to headline an exceptional cast of Australian and international singers.
Witnessing a great performance of Tristan und Isolde is a revelatory experience. Be transported by the emotions, intensity, drama and sheer sumptuous beauty of Wagner’s magnificent masterpiece.
For more information including dates, times and ticketing see the WASO website
Marmion Primary School has a strong German program established since 1996. Currently there are 256 students in ten classes from Year 2 to Year 6 who have the opportunity to study German. The program is supported by administration, students, parents and their experienced and passionate teacher Frau Stacey Valli.
The school has recently created a wonderful video of the Year 4 students saying the Si Si Si Clapping Rhyme in German!
Please click the link below to view a video of the song.
The Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Torsten Ketelsen, attended The UWA School of Agriculture and Environment (SAgE) Silverscreen Science event on Tuesday 5th June 2018. The event saw the Australian premiere screening of the award-winning documentary “Natura Urbana: The Brachen of Berlin”. The documentary explores the pressures and opportunities in the changing landscapes of urban nature across Berlin’s recent history; giving guests the opportunity to explore how we might rethink urban nature in Perth and Western Australia.
The documentary screening formed part of the teaching preparation for second-year UWA students who are preparing to embark on a two week field trip across Germany as part of their International Fieldwork in Geography and Planning unit.
About SAgE Silverscreen Science “Science has the power to change our world for the better. UWA’s Faculty of Science is harnessing this power to improve society, save lives and protect our environment”.
In keeping with this Faculty of Science ambition, our SAgE silverscreen science initiative is aimed at having accessible and intellectually rigorous debate around contemporary issues and challenges facing humanity.
Our inaugural event acknowledges that people, place and nature are at the heart of healthy cities and healthy urban futures. Although set in Berlin, this documentary raises challenging questions for cities around the world. For Perth, given our own distinctive legacies across history, continuing urban sprawl, and damage to our unique biodiversity, we need to rethink urban nature and plan differently for a healthy Perth now and in the future.
By building on our own local knowledge and learning from powerful stories from around the world, we can have a richer understanding of the people-place-nature relationship and respond to the contemporary growth pressures on our city. Natura Urban challenges us to consider how might we can rethink urban nature in the way we plan buildings, places, and communities here in Perth and across Western Australia. What would a healthy sustainable future for 21st century Perth look like? What can communities, planners, governments, and developers do to support healthy urban landscapes across the city?
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.
In the central desert region around Hermannsburg, west of Alice Springs, a hidden 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque hymns is being preserved by four generations of song women who form the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. Singing 14th-century Lutheran hymns – brought to the area by missionaries – in their own western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara tongues, the choir’s efforts to save these sacred songs are boosted by the arrival from Melbourne of a charismatic conductor who orchestrates a historic tour of Germany to bring the hymns back to their homeland.
With support from the MIFF Premiere Fund, award-winning filmmaker Naina Sen documented that tour, and its preparations, capturing the highs and lows as these remarkable women share their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and inclusive cross-cultural collaboration with the world. The resulting film is a joyous celebration.
“The Song Keepers is a remarkable and enormously enjoyable documentary” – The Sydney Morning Herald “Standing ovation for the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir” – National Indigenous Television “Joyous ode to cross-cultural collaboration”– Goethe-Institut Australia
The Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Torsten Ketelsen, attended the ANZAC Day Service at Rossmoyne Senior High School on 12 April 2018 together with the Hon Bill Grayden, former Australian politician who served in the military with the 2/16th Infantry Battalion from 1940–1946 (Hon Bill Grayden AM CV attached here).
The ceremony marked 100 years since the end of the first World War providing an opportunity to respect and honour those who served our nation and to reflect on the sacrifices made. The Honorary Consul and the Hon Bill Grayden AM paid their tributes with a floral wreath. The presence of living legend the Hon Bill Grayden AM was inspirational for the students who later mingled and asked many questions.
The students must be commended for arranging and conducting the entire ceremony themselves which included an outstanding performance by the school choir and orchestra.
Rossmoyne Senior High School has been teaching German for over 30 years. Currently there are approximately 170 students studying German at the school from Year 7 to 12. The program is supported by experienced and passionate teachers and the School Principal Ms Milanna Herberle. Last year Rossmoyne Senior High School was selected by The Department of Education as the Lead Language School for German to assist other schools with the provision of face-to-face and on-line language lessons in the regional and metropolitan areas.
The West Australian German Business Association Inc. (WAGBA) held their first Family Easter Brunch on Friday March 30th 2018. Set in the Gardens of the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Torsten and Mona Ketelsen, members enjoyed an Easter buffet brunch and drinks served by Claus Paulus and his team at Miss Maud’s Catering.
The day included plenty of Easter fun for the children including an Easter egg hunt and an award for the best decorated Easter egg. The warm weather was perfect for the children to enjoy a swim in the garden pool.
It was a most enjoyable day and a lovely WAGBA family function.
The Australian Ambassador to Germany, Ms Lynette Wood, arrived in Perth for a short visit on Thursday 15th March 2018.
The Ambassador was welcomed with a reception to meet companies with direct business links to Germany (see article). Her visit also involved meeting with the Barking Gecko Theatre Company to discuss the possibility of a German tour of their production “Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories”. This powerful production is based on a German book Bamberts Buch der Verschollenen Geschichten by Reinhardt Jung. The book has been translated from German to English and adapted into a beautiful play “Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories” about the transformative power of stories.
Ambassador Ms Lynette Wood also made a visit to Rossmoyne Senior High School to talk with the German students, teachers and principal. Rossmoyne currently has approximately 170 students studying German from Years 7 to 12. The school has been selected by the Department of Education as a Lead Languages School to assist with the provision of German language programs (both online and face-to-face).
The Australian Ambassador to Germany, Ms Lynette Wood, arrived in Perth for a short visit last week. To mark the occasion Mr Torsten Ketelsen, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, held a small reception on Thursday 15 March 2018 at the Honorary Consulate of Germany.
The reception provided an opportunity for Australian companies with direct business links to Germany to meet the Ambassador.