2019 TERM 1

We have started this New Year with a song in our hearts, as we celebrate the memories and successes of the last year.

Here are some of the high notes…

Our marimba band has been actively involved in the community and beyond. Their hard work has paid off. They were invited to play at a musical evening at Howick Prep School; to entertain the participants at the CANSA relay in Pietermaritzburg; to show off their talents at the NCT annual lunch in Hilton; to play and workshop their skills at an Open Garden in Nottingham Road, to name a few. They participated in the International Marimba Festival in Johannesburg, where they did extremely well and had so much fun. Their work as a team has made a positive impact on them and has been a joy to witness.

Our school choirs have excelled in their performances. They have been led by a wonderful choir conductor who has given them a new energy and sound.

The Music Voyage saxophone students have achieved wonderful results in their Grade 5 Trinity College London exams.

The Brass Band in Bruntville has acquired some new members and they are sounding fantastic. They performed at a number of functions including the Open Garden at Nottingham Road.

We added a number of new musicians to our repertoire – Violinists, Marching Drummers and Recorder players.

The Marching Band has been so enthusiastic and their dedication has resulted in a delightful performance which is a pleasure to watch.

The violin players are learning the Suzuki method and they are improving constantly. We hope to see them in the upcoming 2019 Eisteddfod/Exam.

We added a recorder group from Lidgetton. These children practise regularly and have a wonderful teacher who has invested her time and energy into them. Some of the girls played in the Eisteddfod held in Pietermaritzburg and among the awards were 4 gold certificates. One of the children was asked to perform at the Best of the Eisteddfod concert! We entered her into the Trinity College London exam which she passed with distinction.

The annual Michaelhouse Choir competition was a memorable experience for some of our farm school choirs. They had an opportunity of performing at such a wonderful venue along with other rural school choirs.

·The children from our neighbouring rural schools have had a huge amount of fun participating in our drumming workshops.

A Teachers workshop we held in Lidgetton was well received and informative. We focussed on bringing music into the classrooms in an exciting and interactive way. What fun we all had!

Music Voyage managed to secure sponsorship for a Lidgetton based student, to attend a private girls music high school. We are enormously proud!

Our 2018 year culminated in a wonderful collaborative Carols by Candlelight event. The musical community came together and we had performances from the Music Voyage musicians and choirs, from Thembelihle, Howick Prep, Triandra, Yarrow Gartmore and Hawkstone Primary School along with the Howick Choristers. The support from local community members was incredible and it was a joyous start to the festive season.

Once again, Music Voyage would like to thank you for your generous contribution in 2018. We are so grateful to be able to do the work we do and to touch so many lives through the inspiration, discipline and beauty of music.

Music Voyage wishes you a blessed 2019!