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Uplifting the arts through ‘Songs of Hope’

A new album urges audiences to play a part in supporting the arts, and embark on a journey of hope.

As artists across the world face an ongoing battle with closed theatres and concert halls, soprano and producer Magdalene Minnaar and conductor Alexander Fokkens in collaboration with the newly formed Ensemble 528, seek to bring a sense of comfort and restoration to listeners around the world with Songs of Hope.
     The repertoire has been carefully chosen to curate a listening experience that will calm and uplift the listener. Spanning across four centuries, Bach and Mozart, joined by Strauss and Grieg will feature alongside homegrown composers Franco Prinsloo and Matthijs van Dijk.

On Friday 5 February, Songs of Hope will be available on Bandcamp where listeners are invited to download the music for whatever donation they would like to contribute.
     The project was able to be realised through the financial support of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture’s Covid-19 Digital Solutions Fund, and created work for twenty-four musicians. 
     ‘We decided to make this album as accessible as possible, available for download for as much as you are able to contribute towards our project,’ explains the Songs of Hope team in an accompanying press release. ‘The dream is to make a documentary film, create more albums and to perform as far and wide as possible.’

Songs of Hope will be available via Bandcamp on 5 February 2021.

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