25 years ago this workshop began with 15 music students and 4 members of staff. And now, South Africa’s only Chamber Music Workshop for school-going musicians has burgeoned into a week of intensive music-making with over 50 students and 10 highly esteemed music teachers from around the country.
The delegates are chosen through an audition process and are representative of our rainbow nation. These highly motivated young musicians are introduced at the start of the week to many chamber works by the great masters that are completely new to them, and through their talent and perseverance, under the expert guidance of their music coaches, they reach performance-standard by the end of the week. This small miracle really has to be heard to be believed!
This is made possible through the performance of two different concerts which will take place on Friday 10th April at 19h30 and Saturday 11th April at 10h30. The concerts will be held in the Franschhoek High School Hall in Akademie Street, Franschhoek.
Both events are open to the public, and parents and friends of the performers. Entrance is free, but guests are invited to consider donating towards the Bursary Fund which enables financially disadvantaged school children to attend the workshop.
So much energy is directed towards keeping up with the rest of the world musically and maintaining international standards, but sometimes we forget that the true significance of music is its need and its power to communicate with ALL people. So these wonderful, talented, enthusiastic, youthful players desperately need your ears. For without a listener there can be no message.
Spokesperson for the workshop