2019 Term 2

Mid-year newsletter for friends and supporters of Music Voyage

We’re midway through 2019, and our Music Voyage children are certainly on top of the world, if their achievements so far are anything to go by. Our branded bus has traveled far and wide through KZN this year, ensuring our children and their remarkable talent are getting the exposure and experience they need.

Most recently the Marimba Band participated in the
Manic Marimba festival at Ashton College, in Ballito.

The band held their own alongside some of the toughest competition in KZN, AND took two second-place trophies for both categories entered. The highlight however, was the absolute joy they experienced being on tour:
– Getting to frolic on the beach for a couple of hours
– Overnighting at a fantastic AirBnB
– Practicing the night before on the balcony with the sunset dipping down into the ocean behind them.
Beautiful moments
making life-long memories.

Another stand-out moment for 2019 was the Marimba Band’s performance at the Drakensburg Boys Choir concert. The band was entrusted to play a welcome set as guests arrived for the concert. They received such great feedback while playing that two of the players dropped their sticks and bust out into a spontaneous dance-off. Again, another Music Voyage moment that shows while the children are developing specific skills, they’re also gaining confidence and having a good time – which is spectacular to witness.

The Hawkstone Choir were invited to the Howick Prep School Choir Concert. They really shone while performing alongside the HPS Dinkys, the HPS Senior Primary Choir and the Howick High Choir, showing remarkable improvement under the guidance of their conductor, Mrs Zuma. But it’s not only the choir that needs celebrating on this occasion, the community also came together to solve the logistics of getting the children from Karkloof to Howick by hired bus. Keeping this magic momentum going, the choir has entered the Michaelhouse Choir Competition next term.

The Violin Group at Thembelihle School have got off to a good start. They have been entered into the SASMT Eisteddfod in Pietermaritzburg in August and are already hard at work practicing with their new instruments. The Marching Drum Group at the same school are finding their feet and learning new skills.

The Lidgetton Recorder Group, who have been honing their skills for some time, will also be attending the SASMT Eisteddfod. In addition to working towards this opportunity for public performance and adjudication, three of the children have taken up the violin as well, showing just how committed they are.

Fortunately, Music Voyage has just received five new violins as well as violin cases for their older instruments, allowing more children to be introduced to the instrument. And, also on the up and up, our two Saxophonists from Nottingham Road will be playing their Grade 6 Trinity College of London Saxophone exams next term.

From a fundraising perspective, our Marimba Band will doing a Shadow Shift at the Spur in Howick, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for more information, we’d love for you to come out to the Spur for dinner, to support our band on the night in question.

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.

On that note, thank you to all our generous sponsors and fabulous friends, please continue to support Music Voyage. We’d like the year to continue as brilliantly as its begun.

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.

Katherine McClelland