Earlier last week, the band and dance class from the Orphanage went on a field trip to a school in the centre of Bucharest to perform to the kids there. There was great excitement as we loaded up the vans and set on our way. In the front/middle of the van, a couple of the kids were singing Worship songs, others were singing Romanian pop music and 2 kids in the back were practicing their clarinet parts as I was trying to navigate my way through the Bucharest traffic! As we arrived we were greeted by one of the teachers and some of the kids and taken into a room where the kids had some cakes and juice before entering the hall where they were to perform. Smartly dressed they set up their music stands and instruments and after only a “minor disaster” (someone lost their music) they started to play. This was their “first public performance” and whilst they were very nervous, they handled the situation very well and I hope this will be the first of many! After the performance they played a football match with the kids at the school we were visiting. Guess who won!?! They ate some more and then visited an Art Museum around the corner before heading back to the Orphanage totally exhausted!
Later in the week, they performed again for a group who came to visit form the airport and this week they performed again – and were filmed for a programme on Romanian televison. They were so excited and nervous and having waited in the beautiful sunshine for 3 and a half hours, eventually the cameras arrived and they began to play. I only hope they get to see themselves on TV. It would really help their confidence and motivate them to aspire to greater things.