Toe Tapping Tunes

A crowd gathered on a chilly Notties winter evening recently for a very special concert. Listening to the learners of Music Voyage perform is a sure way to warm your heart, and tapping your feet to the Banana Boat Song warms you up completely! The children, who have been part of the programme for the past few years sparkled and proudly showed off all they have learnt, ensuring that the evening was a wonderful occasion.

Jen Hindle was really impressed “I cannot believe the level they have reached especially given their challenging circumstances. Spar did an awesome job with the food and wine as well. It was a fantastic evening all around.”

Many of the children attend Shea O’Connor School and their principal, Nicholas Nxumalo, was there to hear them play. “I was thrilled by the talent our learners displayed,” he said, “I particularly noticed their discipline and concentration as they played their instruments.” Discipline is one of the challenges that schools grapple with and he believes that Helen Mennie, who initiated the project, has made a remarkable impact in this regard. While some of the children had to return to the cold shacks in which they live, they no doubt slept well, glowing in the praise of their community and dreaming of a really bright future.

N3TC are proud supporters of the project, but extra funding is always needed. A real treat is in store for Midlanders on 9 August when Richard Cock conducts a fundraising concert at Michaelhouse. The programme includes Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter, Helen’s favourites, and the children will have an opportunity to showcase their talent once again. Don’t miss it.

Book for the concert 072 062 7078

N3TC Neliswa Khumalo Music Voyage pic Karen Edwards ed142 jul14

Neliswa Khumalo by Karen Edwards