Singing with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Here was a rare opportunity to collaborate with renowned Australian indie band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to support their commitment to young musicians. Nineteen lucky students performed with the band in a concert at Toronto’s Massey Hall. Students in Grades 5 and 6 rehearsed for hours with music teacher Andrew Luck and choirmaster Diane Jamieson to prepare for this once in a lifetime event. Even though the students were unfamiliar with most of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ work, they were all enthusiastic to sing backup in six songs during the Toronto portion of the band’s tour.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds were joined at Massey Hall by Juno Award winning cellist Rebecca Foon (Esmerine, Saltland, Silver Mt Zion) and Polaris Award winning violinist Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Silver Mt Zion) both of Montreal and Toronto’s own Oscar nominated violinist and composer Owen Pallett.

Check out the video below to hear the students and Diane speak of the experience.

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