Singapore and Kelowna musicians strike a chord

If you asked a budding musician today what he or she dreams about when they pick up an instrument, they would probably say playing in a band or better yet performing in front of a screaming audience somewhere else in the world.

If you asked a budding musician today what he or she dreams about when they pick up an instrument, they would probably say playing in a band or better yet performing in front of a screaming audience somewhere else in the world.

This past week, that dream came true for six teenage music students from Wentworth Music.

Last Friday, the Wentworth student band, called Stellar, performed a short set to a sold-out audience of 1,200 people at the Singapore Academy of Rock’s tribute concert.

This performance kicked off an exciting exchange program between The Wentworth Music Education Centre in Kelowna and The Academy of Rock in Singapore.

“Over a year ago, I was searching for other schools that put on the same type of concert productions as we do here in Kelowna,” explained Noel Wentworth, vice-president of education and media at Wentworth Music.

“The only school I could find that was the same format was the AOR on the other side of the world.”

Wentworth Music’s bi-annual rock shows grabbed the attention of the Singapore Academy as well.

Last October, two of the principal instructors from the AOR travelled around the world to meet with Wentworth in Kelowna for three days to exchange knowledge and ideas in order to enhance each other’s teaching skills.

“It was amazing to see what we both had in common. We couldn’t wait to head over there to see them again,” said Wentworth.

Coined by some as the best trip of their lives, this exchange opened the minds of these young rock stars on how to put on a more successful performance, teaching them, among other things, to work the audience like pros.

All in all the musical delegation was introduced to a new culture, new foods and new rules, Wentworth said.

“But probably most of all the realization that no matter where you happen to be in the world, the rush and excitement of playing a big rock show is exactly the same,” he said.