2019 TERM 3

Quarterly newsletter for friends and supporters of Music Voyage

Dear friends and supporters of Music Voyage,
We’re approaching the Festive Season, and looking back, our talented children have really achieved a lot this year, while we’ve also enjoyed a lot of support from our very generous community. Read on for more information about this, and what’s coming up next…

Coming  up……

Thursday 16 October:

Join our Music Voyage Marimba Band as they have a blast while raising funds! To boost their entrepreneurial spirit, the Marimba kids will be doing a Shadow Shift with the Spur staff at Misty Falls Spur in Howick on 16 October 2019. Bring your family and friends, have a great meal and support an excellent cause. Music Voyage takes home 10 percent of the proceeds so make sure you order dessert. 🙂 Can’t wait to see you there!

Friday 22 November:

It’s that time of year and Music Voyage is back with the Christmas spirit! Bring your friends and family and share in this community event to start the festive season on the right note. The Christmas Carols evening will be a collaboration of local school choirs (Howick Prep, Hawkstone, Triandra, Gartmore) and Music Voyage musicians,held at the Karkloof Club from 5pm to 7pm.

Achievements…

Denim and Strings fundraiser: Hosted by the SASMT, some wonderful music teachers from around KZN put together the “Denim and Strings Concert” at The Wykeham Collegiate in October. The concert raised funds for Music Voyage, and we’re really grateful for the donation as well as the exposure garnered for our worthy cause.

Howick Prep Fundraiser: A beautiful evening was had at Howick Prep School at their annual Music Festival in August, and all proceeds were donated to Music Voyage. The Marimba Band played as part of an excellent line-up including HPS Senior Choir, HPS Marimba Band, Drakondale Girls, Laddsworth Senior Choir, Winterton Recorders and Howick High Band. It was AWESOME! We’re so grateful to the community, the principal, Mr Coetzee and the music team at Howick Prep. Thanks also to Fiona Bull, Jane Tongue and Jacky Stander from the HPS music department and to the admin staff.

NCT Forestry Co-operative Limited AGM: We were once again invited to entertain the guests at the NCT function held at Hilton College in July. What a great opportunity to play music and enjoy the atmosphere. We started off with some of our violin students who played brand new violins, recently donated by the NCT. This very professional outfit were followed by the Recorder Group from Lidgetton and our Marimba Band. We were blown away by the generosity of the NCT who presented us with a giant cheque for R10,000.00 !

Exams and Eisteddfods:

The Violin Group at Thembelihle School entered the SASMT Eisteddfod in Pietermaritzburg in August and played two outstanding pieces. They were awarded a Gold (85%) and a Silver (80%).

The Lidgetton Recorder Group, who have been honing their skills for some time, attended the SASMT Eisteddfod. They each played three pieces. Group A was awarded two Golds (90% and 86%) and a Silver (83%), while Group B achieved a Gold (85%) and two Silvers (83% and 82%).

Nottingham Road based sisters, Phila and Luyanda, have been part of Music Voyage since its inception, starting out as Recorder students. They both recently did their Grade 6 Trinity College of London Saxophone exams and Music Voyage is incredibly proud of them and their 10-year commitment to a skill they’ve really enjoyed learning. Phila and Luyanda were also recently invited to play a set at their school, the Shea O’Connor Combined School in Nottingham Road. They were supported by teacher, Cathryn Callitz and they really impressed their peers and teachers with their skill and composure.

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If you’re planning a special occasion that requires a special performance, keep our musicians in mind. It’s wonderful for the children to get out and about, and makes for an effective fundraising opportunity for Music Voyage.
If you’ve received this newsletter, please feel free to forward it to your friends and family.

While we are grateful for the support received already, we are always looking for more.

Regards

Katherine McClelland

Director

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