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(generated from captions) I think everyone needs the arts. I think everybody needs the arts.

the arts need big business. Certainly, and culture, Any relationship between commerce it will be the same, and there's going to be conflict, and frustration. there's going to be bitterness we wouldn't survive. Without big business, a successful marriage. I think it can be it will always be happy. But I don't think APPLAUSE first overseas tour for 23 years. This is our is to China, And we are delighted that this tour great trading partner and friend. West Australia's travelling with us, WOMAN: We have 95 musicians three of whom were born in China, and four tonnes of equipment.

The past is still haunting my back,

in the back of my mind. I'm still very careful about it. China is growing. You can see how fast to happen in the future. And you can see what's going So, for that reason, obvious... ..that's obvious attraction to say, that's very exciting." "Oh, I should go back, wealthiest women NEWSREADER: One of Australia's of WA's Symphony Orchestra, and chairperson will be travelling to China Janet Holmes a Court

5-city tour. with the orchestra on a 2-week, the tour is being funded At a cost of $1 million, and corporate sponsorship. by the State Government is an arts organisation of which The orchestra we should all be very proud the trend of so many orchestras and which is going against throughout the world. at board meetings We're constantly bombarded that are winding down. with stories about orchestras with an orchestra And it's wonderful to be involved and just getting better and better. that's actually winding up is swelling WA's coffers. NEWSREADER: The resources boom LNG contract with China, NEWSREADER: The 25-year is worth $25 billion. signed in 2002,

the arrival of that LNG shipment. WOMAN: This tour is to coincide with the...the cultural exchange We're going to be I guess. that goes with the business deal, CLASSICAL CELLO MUSIC

Australia about 10 years now. I've been living in when I was 5 and a half. I started my cello playing

to special make We have to find someone a small size cello for me. And then that's how I get started. PHONE BEEPS she's my cello teacher Professor Lin, Shanghai concert touring. when I was in the uni I have met She is the most amazing teacher in China in my cello study.

when I see her again on this trip, I can't imagine,

to feel about that. I can't describe how I'm going It's going to be very emotional

and I just can't wait to see her. since 1979. I'm migrant to Australia in WA Symphony Orchestra So, I've been about 27 years now. When the Cultural Revolution started,

the Western classical music. I couldn't play I entered one room in my house,

which is...seal the window. close the other door. They got two doors - I seal one door, I play Western music. Secretly, in the dark room, My father's medical professor.

My mother is English teacher. all been punished. Most intellectual people Because... ..Mao don't like that people think. My parents beg me to stop already have such big trouble. playing the violin, because they They've been punished so hard. There was nothing goes on. But I couldn't stop.

Nothing I can...I like to do - can ease my pain. just only music, at that time, back or should I stay here?" I keep asking myself, "Should I go always been there. It's all...the question's

because it's my country. I think I should go back China is growing. You can see how fast that's always an attraction. For that reason, always, I just have to tell myself So, sometimes "You are doing your career here"

on what you're doing now and then, "you just have to focus in the future." "and then see what's happening You've got underwear? Right. Underwear?

Enough underwear? Yeah, plenty. Otherwise there will be trouble. Plenty. My husband was an intellectual. You don't need a raincoat. front of the firing lines. So, of course, he was on...in the I was a very small intellectual. (Laughs) I knew a bit of English, that's all. (Laughs) But that was enough.

your husband or your...? Were you physically threatened, talk about that. Uh, yes, but I'd rather not he started being locked up, At some stage, not allowed to see anybody else not allowed to see family, on the outside, only rare guards. how badly he'd been punished. My father never want to mention But anyway, he was very ill. Later, he died in his illness. In Chinese, it was (Speaks Chinese). to your parent, I mean, there's always loyalty your older one. my father's graveyard. So that's why I want to go to see I can never forget. What I went through, But I have already forgiven.

How many bags are you taking? Yeah. Luggage? Oh, only the one? Oh, just one.

but, I mean, Communism is good in its own way, it was a bit too much for us. communism anyway, And now it's not really it's socialism - and they've gone

as far as I can see. heavily into capitalism, buy clothes over there. Well, he can always and they're making money. They're happy for them. (Laughs) Which is a good thing Who doesn't want to make money? ladies and gentlemen. ANNOUNCEMENT: Good morning, It is our great pleasure to invite Symphony Orchestra the West Australian to board the flight. to please come forward now I've got an elephant rifle. Behind my jacket, My ammunition.

Chinese that way. No, wait, English that way, OK, my secret, my secret. Money and the passport in there. Other secret private, so I won't tell on the camera. (All laugh) He likes to take the piss out of himself, which I think is a good thing anyway. Yeah, he likes his dobermans and guns and, you know. Yeah, all-round nice guy, David.

Hi! Welcome to China!

Our relationship with China is one that's been through many permutations and combinations - from fear and suspicion through to terror of the 'Yellow Peril' and so on. And now, to China being, as I say, the flavour of the decade and Shangri-la and the saving grace of Australian companies. This is the easy way... this is the hard way. Which way do you want to go? As a conductor, I'm used to the hard way. Well, go the hard way. The hard way. OK, hard way. I can't remember when my parents joined the Communist Party, but I would have been very young - maybe five or six. But certain few years of my childhood were spent being very exposed to people who were enamoured with the Chinese system of government, the Russian system of government. Hello, you want a pee-pee boy, any colour? You want one? Pee-pee boy. You like? At that time in Australia, of course, it was not a good time to be communist. I can remember my father had an old Ford Prefect car and occasionally he would receive phone calls saying they're coming and that would be the security police or whoever and we'd have to hide the communist literature underneath the back seat of Dad's car. What is it? What is this? Right. Our home life was different and reasonably serious. It wasn't that we were miserable in our family, and we weren't impoverished, but there was a seriousness about life that there were people out there who were not as fortunate as ourselves. I was spoken to, before the tour, about being a member of Amnesty International and having to keep quiet about certain things or not make comments about China. And I know the Chinese folk were told that they had to present a happy face to the tour and... She's a beautiful girl. What's your name? I'm Charlie. You can call me Charlie. Charlie Chaplin. The aspect of fear... it must be present

with what he's been through. He's very emotionally controlled. I think he's had to be. And there's the Chinese thing of keeping face that's a very cultural thing, so you often really don't know what people are thinking.

Good things have happened here, bad things have happened here. It would be very inappropriate for us to come and make judgements about things that have been happening here over the...over the centuries. The development that the Chinese Government, the course that they are taking is one that's changing the whole nature of China. I don't know how you can enter what we know as the First World from the Third World, and with 1.5 billion people in such a rapid time without doing it under some sort of totalitarian system. Well, this is a magnificent tribute to Chairman Mao, isn't it? Magnificent.

SOLEMN MUSIC

ORCHESTRA PLAYS SOLEMN PIECE

On behalf of the Government of Western Australia, I am very pleased to be here today to demonstrate our commitment to deepening our cultural and trade relationship with the People's Republic of China. There's been three main prongs to this tour. There is the government side, wanting their piece in the marketing pie and LNG and the gas trade deal. The contract is the largest single export deal in Australia's history and also China's largest single import contract deal. And then the orchestral part of the tour, the artistic side of the tour. And those three things have been balanced and juggled. Our state is resource-rich, and the people Western Australia are happy to share these resources with China in a mutually beneficial way. A big question has been how much of this is about the arts really, or how much is it just background music while the trade deals are being signed?

No, this is the first time I've ever been here. Oh. Oh, yeah, alright. I was married to someone who thought that Asia was somewhere you flew over to get to London. (Laughs) ORCHESTRA PLAYS BOLD MUSIC It takes a very long time to clinch a deal, as it were. Lots of shaking hands and wining and dining and...that you have to be extremely patient. And that relationship-building is absolutely fundamental. The program will include Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2, Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and Julian Yu's new work, New Upbeat. There's four tunes - 'Click Go the Shears'... (Hums 'Click Go the Shears') There's one...'Waltzing Matilda'...

(Hums 'Waltzing Matilda') The other one's 'Australia Fair'.... (Hums 'Advance Australia Fair') ORCHESTRA PLAYS NATIONAL ANTHEM Then the ABC news broadcast signal. (Hums ABC news theme) ORCHESTRA PLAYS ABC NEWS THEME The day after tomorrow, we'll see the reviews for... But normally they only say good things.

APPLAUSE Ah...how was it? It was OK. Go on, tell the truth. Yeah, I'm telling the truth! OK, and I'm telling the truth. I said it went OK, but it could have been much better. Disappointing that there was no... ..well, the audience was a bit lacking. So, we were expecting a full house and that usually sort of lifts the orchestra and gives us a bit more drive. I had kind of an accident. I was trying to pour myself a drink of tea. And somehow I was clumsy and I...the boiling water went on my hand. Do you think the audience knows? I think some will. I mean, this is not the way I usually conduct. Basically, he conducted with his left hand. And I found it difficult to see - like, you know, we watch it normally. I found it difficult. Very difficult. Professor Lin teach me what I need to think if you're going to overseas and then you should still remember your country. She doesn't tell you, "You have to love your country," it's the feeling she gave to you. Yeah, she offers a lot in my life. I'm in Shanghai. This is my home town. So, enjoy! Buy clothes! The fashion, fashion city! It's way more modern than Beijing, isn't it? And just living in each other's pockets. There's so many buildings around here that you just really can't see, you know. Just walls, walls...

ORCHESTRA TUNES INSTRUMENTS (Indistinct) Thank you. At 18 - in the third part of 18, the brass has its intermezzo, but we don't. So our colour's still... still is painfully there. I, I was trying to focus in the...for the rehearsal in the first place - that's my job.

I feel my heart was pumping, because I know she's coming, and I haven't seen her for so long. When I think of her, she should be a very tall lady and very serious, but in person, she's tiny and she's full of energy. You wouldn't think she's over 70 years old. ORCHESTRA REHEARSES When she walked in from the side of the door

and then I just saw her from my eyesight, and then I just couldn't control myself. My tears just burst out. And it's really emotional for me to see her. Are you alright? I remember I'd write letters and really, really feel sorry that I couldn't actually stay the day I left. And then I feel very sorry for her, because she really much like me to stay and then to be assistant to teach her. It's always in my mind, and then - because we're very close. He's a nice boy. Yeah. ORCHESTRA PLAYS DRAMATIC MUSIC ORCHESTRA PLAYS EXULTANT MUSIC APPLAUSE Amazing, actually. I think that was... that was a fantastic show. When I play here, it feels like I've never been away. Yep. I think the hall was better, the piano was better, the audience was better, um... ..probably everyone settled down a bit. Um...we're, we're... I think we're much happier, yeah. I think if big business is supporting the arts, it's sending one message that, "We're a company that cares "about the community." I guess we wouldn't want the arts to become a kind of laundry for the public image of companies that are dubious. I cannot talk. (Whispers) Cannot talk... Everybody and everything needs to improve. I don't think it'll improve with this conductor. Personally, I'll be glad to see him go.