Concert in the Countryside

The Chapel at Clifton School was packed recently for a Music Voyage concert that illustrated perfectly how music crosses all boundaries. An assortment of pieces – from Santa Lucia to Christmas Carols, the Can-Can and Sarie Marais delighted the audience, who even joined in dancing to Meadowland! 44 musicians were involved from local schools – Jabula, Silindele, Shea O’Connor, Bergville, Estcourt and Bruntville, playing piano, recorder, guitar, trumpet and baritone horn.

Students beamed with pride and loved sharing their music in front of such a big audience, thrilled that lots of people had turned up to hear them play.

Music Voyage teaches children who wouldn’t usually have access to music tuition – each child pays R100 per term – with strict criteria for attendance and commitment. It is a real community effort with Dumisane Mnculwane is in charge of brass, Sipho Zuma in charge of guitar, Bernard Kisbey-Green teaching sax, Pierre Frenzel in charge of violin, Heidi Johnson teaching flute, while
Antoinette Kok and Helen Mennie teach the recorder groups.

A choir, conducted by the gentle and well respected Thami Langa, sang a prayer to end the concert. Everyone left in high spirits. Paula Hulley commented that she felt very emotional and inspired watching the concert. Chris King, who believes Music Voyage is a very worthwhile project, was amazed at how the children had progressed since she last saw them perform. Sarah Ellis said “What
a wonderful concert! The look of achievement and enjoyment on the kids faces said it all. I salute you for getting them so enthusiastic and committed to learning to play and read music – quite amazing! I so enjoyed the concert.” Margared

Goodbrand added “Your conductor is very good, I liked the way the performers were well disciplined and never took their eyes off him when they sang.”

Helen Mennie the project coordinator said afterwards “As you can imagine, this project requires serious logistical planning as the musicians are dotted about the countryside. Our vision is to have an orchestra or jazz band but we will need a central venue and dedicated transport to get everyone there.” N3TC is committed to supporting Music Voyage, but they need your help too. How about
spreading some musical joy this season? Sign up as a charity champion on www.backabuddy.co.za to support them. www.musicvoyage.co.za

Luyanda Ngcamu

Luyanda Ngcamu – 11 years old – plays the saxophone. Photo: Karen Edwards