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The children were amazed to meet professional singers and musicians who actually could earn their living through their music. This gave them a different view of life and the art of performance and provided them with new hope and positive outlook for the future.

-Feedback from Sister Mary, Mukuru Promotion Centre, Nairobi, Kenya


A lot of children suffer traumas and have only a few opportunities to have any relief from their constant struggles. The whole situation of fleeing from their homeland and the circumstances they live in without knowing about their future is quite hard. The children also suffer under the stress their parents are living and have to take responsibilities that normally a child should not have to face. It helped the children and their parents to forget about their problems and relax at least for that short moment. Music can achieve positive psychologic effects, by participating in the project the children experienced a feeling of self-worth which gave them confidence. We think that the fun-effect had a positive impact for the children.

Feedback from Refugee Centre in Hessen, Germany

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The Australian String Quartet held an extraordinary concert for the students enrolled in the music courses of the “Cocchi-Aosta” School. It was wonderful to listen to them not only for the exceptional level of performance but also for the great communication skills they showed, managing to completely involve the young audience, made up of children aged between 11 and 14. It was truly a beautiful experience and a great honor to be able to host them.

Feedback from Professor Francesco Di Giandomenico - Music Faculty at Scuola Media Cocchi-Aosta Secondary School in Todi, Italy

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I want to express my heartfelt thanks for your outstanding efforts in making our January 30th event a resounding success. Your dedication, securing David Mwenje's and In Symphonia's participation, and the beautiful musical performances left a lasting impact on our attendees. David's story truly represented the incredible work of OperAffinity. The Embassy team also appreciates your collaboration in event preparation and looks forward to working together again soon.

Feedback from Chiara Porro Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Italy

Having the privilege of hearing the quartet meant so much to the Cocchi-Aosta Secondary School children from Todi attending musical instrument classes. A role model for the younger generation and a source of inspiration for teachers. Thank you Australian String Quartet!

Feedback from Maria Perri - Music Faculty at Scuola Media Cocchi-Aosta Secondary School in Todi, Italy

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"Our grateful thanks to you for arranging the concert by the Australian String Quartet in Todi- it was the highlight of the Todi Musica Festival. It is indeed extremely rare for us to have the opportunity to enjoy a performance by such a group of outstanding, high caliber musicians as the Australian String Quartet. The concert was thoroughly enjoyable I particularly loved the Dvorak A flat major quartet.  I can only hope that your endeavors in promoting the Todi Musica Festival meet with continued success." 

Feedback from Tricia Henwood - Local resident in Todi, Italy

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A heartfelt thanks to the ambassador and all the embassy staff for the hour of Paradise that was given to us today. The children concentrated on drawing, while the singing of opera arias caressed the soul! A unique experience!

Feedback from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), Rome Italy

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