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Trinity News : April 2008
Sri Lanka of?cially known as the ‘Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka,’ is an island nation in South Asia that is located about 30kms off the southern coast of India. She was previously known as Ceylon before she became a Republic in 1972. The capital of Sri Lanka is Columbo. Sri Lanka’s population is 20 million and it is roughly two-thirds the size of Tasmania. The main religions are Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. Sri Lanka is also famous for her production and export of tea, coffee, rubber and coconuts, as well as her rich cultural heritage. The Singhalese community forms the majority of the population, with Tamils forming the largest ethnic minority. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka has witnessed a catastrophic civil war that has seen many lives destroyed over the past two decades fought between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Government. The Sri Lankan ?ag was adopted in 1972. It consists of a golden lion, holding a sword, in front of a crimson background which represents the Singhalese ethnicity. It has a yellow border, and to its left are two vertical stripes of equal size in saffron and green. Dipil Ramaswamy (12Ar) New Zealand’s National day is celebrated on the 6th February. It is known as Waitangi Day which is a day of thanksgiving in commemoration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between the Maori and the British Crown. New Zealand is comprise three main islands, the North Island, the South Island and Stewart Island. It is located in the Paci?c Ocean, to the east of Australia. The capital of New Zealand is Wellington, although its largest city is Auckland, which is the country’s main port and industrial centre. The population of New Zealand is just over 4.2 million. New Zealand covers 268,000 square kilometres which means it is slightly larger than Victoria. New Zealand’s main exports are meat, wool and dairy products. It is also known for its tourism. The New Zealand ?ag is a symbol of government and of the people of New Zealand. It has a royal blue background which signi?es the blue sea and clear sky. The stars of the Southern Cross are located on the right-hand side of the ?ag and emphasize the country’s location in the South Paci?c Ocean. The Union Jack which is located in the upper left corner of the ?ag gives recognition to New Zealand’s heritage as a British colony. NATIONAL DAYS NEW ZEALAND SRI-LANKA in the South Paci?c Ocean. The Union Jack which is located in the upper left corner of One day this year I took photos of some lads in the Lewisham Campus who were playing on their scaled-down cellos under the guidance of Mrs Julie Cuneo, and I was impressed by their work, for within a few minutes they were playing clearly recognisable notes, and I thought how fortunate they were to be starting so early to master such task as playing the cello. Then, a few months later, I was present in the Orchestra Room when Alex Constantinidis (11Ar) played the ?rst movement of the Elgar Cello Concerto with con?dence and technical assurance. No doubt Alex started off as did the lads in the Infants and after a few years has reached the day on which he was one of three lads chosen to be in the Master Class of the famous cellist Professor Georg Pedersen. After their performance, Professor Pederson took the lads through their pieces, analysing their playing and giving them much valuable advice, which even as the audience listened, had their talent develop even further. It was a most interesting experience for the audience, and no doubt a most pro?table one for the players. Later in the afternoon, Professor Pederson and our own Master of Chamber Music, Mr Ronald Thomas, gave the audience a short performance, playing a duet for violin and cello by Halverson giving much pleasure to those present, and it is to be hoped, further inspiration to the lads there, both those who received some direct tuition and those music students who were in the audience. The occasion was a most helpful, informative, and pleasant afternoon. With the recent formation of Trinity’s Academy of Music, it is anticipated that such master-classes and concerts will be a frequent occurrence, further adding to the richness of the School’s music programme. | Ron Ogier from left: 1 Professor Georg Pedersen instructing Alex 2 Alex Constantinidis (11Ar) on the cello Master Class Concert FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23 2007