Rare trum­pet for opera

Midland Reporter - - Entertainment - Sara Fitz­patrick

JEAN and Peter Stokes knew noth­ing about or­ches­tral mu­sic be­fore be­com­ing WASO mem­bers about 20 years ago.

They sim­ply wanted to broaden their hori­zons and en­joy a new pas­time.

“I’m 89 and my wife is 85 so we are late starters – we’re mak­ing up for lost time,” Peter said.

“Mu­sic is a beau­ti­ful medium for peo­ple: it crosses all bound­aries, it’s a uni­ver­sal lan­guage and we’ve just be­come much at­tracted to it as we’ve got­ten older.”

The Perth cou­ple re­cently do­nated money to help WASO im­port a rare wooden trum­pet from Ger­many for its up­com­ing per­for­mance of the epic Wag­ner opera Tris­tan und Isolde.

“We’ve brought a num­ber of in­stru­ments for the orches­tra – two brass trum­pets, a cello and a tuba – and we thought this might add to it,” Peter said.

“It ar­rived re­cently – I had never seen an in­stru­ment like that be­fore and didn’t even know they made wooden ones.

“They are quite rare and some­thing a bit spe­cial and they sound beau­ti­ful. We had the plea­sure of hear­ing it played and it’s more mel­low sound­ing than a brass trum­pet, in my un­e­d­u­cated opin­ion.”

The Stokes at­tend WASO’s Thurs­day morn­ing con­certs and have come to know many of the mu­si­cians.

“This has opened up our world – it’s an­other hori­zon that we haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity to be a part of in the past. We’ll keep help­ing to bring these in­stru­ments over for WASO as much as we can,” Peter said.

The con­cert, cel­e­brat­ing WASO’s 90th year, fol­lows the tragic story of young lovers Tris­tan and Isolde and spans five hours.

Peter joked it had plenty of in­ter­mis­sions for him and Jean to take a break.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d484770

Mu­si­cian Brent Grapes holds the Wag­ner trum­pet with donors Jean and Peter Stokes.

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