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Fundraising concert for disadvantaged students in Soweto

Thuthukani Music Conservatoire, one of the very reputable and popular music schools in Soweto, will showcase ‘what the school is all about’ through an Orchestral Music Concert. The concert will be held at Mofolo Arts Centre which is situated within the historical Mofolo Park in Mzilikazi Street in Soweto. The Park is popular amongst Sowetans and well known to have hosted jazz festivals, gospel choirs, carnivals and other local and international musicians during the apartheid and post-apartheid era.

Thuthukani Music Conservatoire teachers

Thuthukani Music Conservatoire is a non-profitable organisation, its members are former members of the Soweto Symphony Orchestra. The organisation has been involved in teaching the reading and playing of classical musical instruments in the township for over 30 years and has produced some great musicians including some highly qualified musicians who are now employed in the Country’s Military Band, SA Navy and other renowned Jazz Bands.
     The organisation has 15 music educators who specialise in different musical instruments and are also orchestral players themselves. Today they pride themselves to have successfully showcased their work and talent in many communities locally and beyond and have supported many community choirs, church choirs and school choirs by providing orchestral accompaniment to enhance their performances and to raise funds by staging those concerts.
     ‘We have three sections of teaching in the Conservatoire and they are: Music Classes for young students between the ages of 6 to 18 years, at this class we teach Theory of Music from grade 1 to 8. Advanced students are entered into Music Exams with the London Royal School of Music and Unisa, we also conduct our own internal assessment. Instruments that are taught are: Violins, Viola: Cello, Bass, Flute, Clarinets, Trombone, Trumpets and Saxophone,’ says Lindy Makubalo one of the founding members of the organisation.

Thuthukani Music Conservatoire students and teachers

‘We have Small Ensembles, these are groups that have already mastered their instruments and now form Quintets; Quartets; Duets and Solos. They meet on Thursdays, those who are still at school come in the afternoon, these students are ready for performances whenever the need arises,’ says Mam’Lindy as she is passionately called by her students.
     Thuthukani Music Conservatoire Spring Concert is a 21 piece orchestra that will be boasting their young and old classical musicians. They will render music by very famous African and Traditional composers.
     This very interesting event is aimed at highlighting “Ubuntu and Togetherness” that is why the City of Johannesburg’s Arts Department supported this very important concert and initiative. People are urged to please support this initiative as the money raised at the concert will assist in repairing the musical instruments used to teach the students at Thuthukani Conservatoire.
     The Thuthukani Music Spring Concert will be held on Sunday 13 October at Mofolo Art Centre Hall (within the Mofolo Park) at 14:00 and entrance fee is only R50 per person at the door.
     For production and to pre-purchase your tickets please contact Lindy Makubalo on 083 681 9679 or Vusi Ngwenya on 081 562 0716.

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