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Philharmonia Players In Japan

Auckland City Council - City Scene

Six players from Auckland Philharmonia recently took part in the special combined concert to open Asia Friendly Month in Fukuoka, Japan. They joined musicians from Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Thailand and the local Kyushu Symphony for a spectacular classical concert.

Held in September each year, the event celebrates the cultures of the Asia/Pacific region. As guests of Fukuoka City - Auckland City's sister city - the APO group was impressed with the hospitality extended. They were invited to a number of traditional Japanese banquets and attended a reception at the Mayor's office. Fukuoka City paid all their fares and accommodation.

Orchestral music is highly regarded in Japan horn player Erica Challis observes. "The combined orchestral concert was a good illustration of how well people of different cultures can unite to realise a shared vision - the music overcame the language barriers."

Auckland City has confirmed its support for the Auckland Philharmonia, approving a three year contract including $225,000 for the current financial year.

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