Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a resounding proof to the power of music in fostering international bonds, the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, Madam Lisa Chesney, said that music is one of the strongest forces uniting Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom. Madam Chesney made this statement during a recent event at the British High Commission’s residence in Freetown.
The event, which was organized to celebrate the memory of the late Peter Penford, featured performances by students from the Wells Cathedral School (WCS) and the Ballanta Academy of Music and Performing Arts (BAMPA).
The WCS, renowned as one of the top four musical schools in the UK, during their October holidays, has been sending students to BAMPA since 2009 to share their musical expertise and knowledge with the people of Sierra Leone.
Madam Chesney emphasized the special relationship that has blossomed between the two institutions. The collaborative efforts of these musical schools have created a wonderful blend of British and Sierra Leonean musical traditions, showcased through captivating performances with various instruments.
She praised Sierra Leone’s vibrant creative industries and underscored the importance of supporting and nurturing local talent. Recognising the immense talent within the nation’s creative community, the High Commissioner encouraged Sierra Leoneans to celebrate their artists and support their endeavours.
In her statement, the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Madam Nabeela F. Tunis, lauded the partnership between BAMPA and WCS, highlighting the transformative power of bilateral relationships that extend beyond formalities. Exemplifying the wealth of talent within Sierra Leone, she expressed delight over the harmonious performances of the two groups.
Similarly, Julius Spencer (PhD), Chairman of the BAMPA, expressed his gratitude for the collaboration with WCS and highlighted the untapped potential within Sierra Leone’s rich pool of talents. He noted that the presence of the Minister of Tourism at the event signalled hope for the creative sector, as the government seemed dedicated to promoting cultural and creative initiatives. PSN/27/10/2023