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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Music Academy - Some of our highlights this year!

July was an exciting month for the Music Academy: the children performed at two of the “Baroque and Blue” concert tour concerts, namely in Port Alfred and Grahamstown. They also attended some concerts during the Grahamstown Festival. It is heart warming to see their growth as individuals, their growing discipline, and developing skill on their recorders. We were so proud of them.
The children had an emotional farewell for Yannic Herrenknecht: a young German volunteer (through Weltwarts, a German parastatal) who apart from his music contributions was an inspiration and role model to especially the boys in the Music Academy.
Mpumi Nuyshman resigned in September and Dean Flanegan, an East London based music teacher stepped in at very short notice to prepare the children for their examinations. He has also made a big impact with the marimba band. Dean is not available to teach next year, and we are currently looking for a new recorder teacher. Please contact helen@keiskamma.org or at 082 664 1190 should you be interested.
The children at the Keiskamma Music Academy performed exceedingly well at their recent Trinity College of London Exams.
An excerpt from an e-mail from Dean Flanegan, our teacher who prepared the children for their exams:
“I thought you would be pleased to know that the kids did exceptionally well in the Trinity exams – with 10 distinctions and 5 merits!

These where the best marks achieved by any school in East London entered into the exams. The results are even more impressive when you see how strictly she (the examiner) marked other students....

Below I have given the name and mark awarded to each student. I will be giving them their marks this Saturday.

The exam is out of 100. Distinction is 87. Merit is 75.

INITIAL
Sibongiseni – 97
Kanyi – 94
Siphelo – 92
Mkhululi – 91
Aviwe – 91
Sinesipho – 90
Sandisiwe – 89
Mihlali – 88
Olwethu – 84
Nokuthula – 78

GRADE 1
Nqophisa – 93
Lihle – 87
Zimkhitha – 85
Simnikiwe – 85
Sithembiso – 75”
Francois Le Roux did a moving interactive concert / workshop in Hamburg with the children from the Music Academy on Sunday 15 November at 15h00. http://www.ha!manworld.com/
Thank you to Dave and Eileen Thayser for their donation of curtains. We have had them embroidered and hung in the music room.
Thank you to Suzette Lombard at the SABC Music Library for posters which now adorn the walls of the Music Academy.

We have a request for some loose items:* loose carpets, to improve on the acoustics in the music room
We would like to put up signage in Hamburg saying "Keiskamma Music Academy".
Would you like to contribute, please contact helen@keiskamma.org or at 082 664 1190.

Thank you for keeping the Music Academy in your hearts.We wish you a peaceful Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

On the photograph: Francois Le Roux and the children from the Keiskamma Music Academy