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A music concert for social betterment

Music students of the Incopho Academy of Music with German volunteer teachers.

The Viva Musica Ensemble will host its first concert for the year 2020 at the Gibson Kente Theatre, in Hudson Park High School on Saturday, March 14 at 3pm. This month’s concert features work by Beethoven, Brahms, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Purcell and Clarinetist and saxophonist Anthony Drake, as a guest artist.

Born in the United Kingdom, Drake moved to South Africa in 2012. He recently won first prize for Arts & Culture Management in the 6th Annual Eastern Cape Awards last month. He is currently the director of Incopho Development Project in Cathcart and Head of Music at Cambridge Primary school, as well as a mentor at Legends School of Contemporary Music in EL.

Entrance is free but audience members can make a contribution that will be used in aid of Incopho Academy of Music.

He founded Incopho Academy of Music in 2016.  Since its formation, it has offered opportunities to over 40 children from the Daliwe and iKatiKat townships.  The vision of the organisation is to transform lives through arts education.  Their work is centred around the provision of quality music education to children in the Amahlathi and surrounding districts.

It takes a holistic approach to human wellbeing through close community engagement, health, welfare and academic support.  The Academy mentors 35 children in recorder playing, and some of their more advanced recorder players also play 2nd instruments such as violin, trumpet, trombone, flute and clarinet. 

“In early February 2020, we expanded our work to Komani where we mentor six children on trumpet, trombone and saxophone at the Komani Arts Centre.  Our mentors are Thabo and Thabiso Ngoxo and Wonke Mapuma who were musically trained at Keiskamma Music Academy of which Anthony Drake was the Program Head,” said Wendy Benito of Hudson.

The organisation is supported by volunteers and public donations from the HCI Foundation, SAMRO Foundation, an anonymous international donor and the National Arts Council.

 The third guest artist for the concert is Sharl van Rooyen, a gifted pianist taught by his father how to play trumpet at the age of six. Van Rooyen went on to take piano lessons. He is currently being tutored by Dr Widor du Toit and holds licentiates in Grades 6 and 8 as well as ATCL for piano.

 For further information please call Wendy on 0824975722 or Karen on 0824737092.


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