The idea of the World Music Day was conceptualized first in France, firstly as an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice, 21 June. The first Fête de la Musique took place in 1982 in Paris.
Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries.Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries.
Its purpose is to promote music in two ways:
The Alliance Française felt that this was a good concept to support and its branches throughout New Zealand are spreading the word and urging musicians to embrace the spirit of the Fête and get out and play. Mr Clark felt that celebrating it at School by having a mini-concert at lunchtime, before the actual day, would be a lot of fun for pupils plus a learning experience, giving parents an opportunity to see their sons/ daughters in action.
So, at Tamahere School, our young musicians will be performing in groups at lunchtime, on Thursday, 18 June and parents are welcome to come and hear them play. Darcy, Mr Clark and other itinerant teachers will have their instruments and be playing along with them. Other schools may be doing something similar, but we will be amongst the first in Hamilton to celebrate the Fête de la Musique in 2015, before the weekend, and Hamilton City will be one of the first in the world to celebrate it, the following Sunday, as most of the musicians in the other 110 countries will still be asleep.
On that day, Sunday 21 June, guitar and ukulele players are invited to play at Westfield Chartwell, where other schools will be performing. Mr Clark will send details to the parents concerned.