The music project at St. Matthew’s School in Soweto came to Design Quarter's attention as the school was planning to shut the project down, due to lack of funds. St. Matthew’s is a Catholic School in Soweto, that caters to Grade 1 – Grade 12 learners. They have a proven track record of producing good Matric results, with exceptional performance on STEM subjects.
As the main driver for this and previous fundraisers, Nkuli Bogopa offered to assist the school to raise funds in order to ensure the sustainability of the music project, which is an orchestra made up of children from Grade 2 – Grade 12. This is the only opportunity available to the children from this underprivileged township with excessive levels of unemployment to participate in any form of extra-mural activities. The project relies on sponsorships in order to continue to provide the various music instruments required to the children, as well as to pay the tutors that teach the children how to read and play music.
Music is crucial in childhood development and more so, learning to play music instruments. This project ensures that the children are occupied and engaged in a constructive way, which helps to prevent them from falling prey to drugs, alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, etc.
This music project is close to her heart because music is not just about auditory sense, but it also has the following positive benefits:
The music project performed at the Houghton Golf course in 2018, where they raised approximately R100 000 worth of sponsorship to assist with the sustainability of the project.
The music project, together with members of the JPO, performed at Design Quarter in Fourways on Saturday, 12 December 2020 to great enjoyment of restaurant patrons and shoppers that came to view the Market on Main Festive Pop-up and array of stores available within the centre.
St. Matthews School is again raising much needed funds for the music project to continue their good work into 2021.
Any donations can be made to the following details:
Account name: Thabang ka Mmino Music Project
Account number: 62054247426
Branch code: 254205
Reference: TKM + Your Name
For more information about St. Matthews School and the Thabang ka Mmino Music Project, visit www.cso.za.org.
The Virtual Spring Symphony Season comprises a four-week programme, filled with exciting repertoire. Performances were recorded at The Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg, whilst observing strict COVID regulations.
Although there was no live audience, the musicians performed with the audience in mind – donning their typical concert wear! Their passion to make the performances as immersive and entertaining as possible can be seen, and the energy and enthusiasm of the orchestra is palpable. The JPO Virtual Spring Symphony Season was designed to reflect the vibrancy and creativity of our artists.
“Despite the current challenges, we are strongly committed to finding new and exciting ways to continue to deliver good music and to keep us all connected in the process. While we know that the live concert experience can never be replaced by virtual concerts, we are pleased that you will still be able to enjoy great music in the comfort of your home,” said Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the JPO.
The Season opens on Wednesday, 11 November 2020, streaming online from 19:30, and will be available to music lovers for 48 hours thereafter.
A concert will be streamed every Wednesday evening from 19:30 for the following three weeks, with each concert being available for a 48 hour period.
Tickets are available online at R250 (including VAT) per concert and can be purchased online or through all Computicket outlets. Patrons can enjoy a 25% discount on Season Ticket purchases when purchasing tickets for all four concerts.
Once you have purchased your ticket online, an access code/link will be sent to you each week to view the concert at your leisure.
For more information about the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, visit jpo.co.za.
You can contact them on 082 860 0595 or 083 266 2367, or [email protected].