Noted friends play for Nepal
IN 1998, two nervous girls met at the North of Perth Music Eisteddfod, not knowing 17 years later they’d be about to perform together at Government House Ballroom.
In the years since they met, Allysha Cleeman and Madeleine Antoine have completed formal musical training at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, as well as performing across Perth in a variety of genres.
Cleeman extended an invitation to anyone who would like to enjoy a night of music, from the classics to opera and jazz, Spanish dances and gypsy violin, on September 17.
Cleeman completed studies in classical voice, musical theatre and opera and has performed in West Side Story, Les Miserable as Fantine, as a soloist for the WA Youth Orchestra, as well as at awards and corporate events and the Queens Jubilee.
Antoine, from Shenton Park, completed studies in music performance at WAAPA and has been a soloist with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Fremantle Chamber Orchestra for WA Ballet and is a regular with the Perth Symphony Orchestra.
She has shared the stage with Michael Buble, Rod Stewart, John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John, James Morrison and Diana Krall.
Antoine is currently studying a Masters of Art at WAAPA.
Their September concert will raise funds for Maiti Nepal, founded in 1993 to protect Nepalese women and children from sexual exploitation and trafficking, domestic violence, child prostitution and child labour.
More than 12,000 children have been rescued from sexual slavery and 1000 children receive aid each day via the organisation.
Since the April Nepal earthquake, Maiti Nepal has helped 30,000 people with emergency food and supplies and is aiming to shelter 200 girls made vulnerable by the disaster, providing materials to make temporary buildings.