Sowetans to experience classical music Conservatoire

The concert will be held at Mofolo Arts Centre which is situated within the historical Mofolo Park in Mzilikazi Street, Soweto.

The Park is popular amongst Sowetans and well known to have hosted jazz festivals, gospel choirs, carnivals and other local and international musicians during the apartheid and post apartheid era.

Thuthukani Music Conservatoire is a non-profitable organisation; and its members used to be with the Soweto Symphony Orchestra. 

The organisation has been involved in teaching the reading and playing of classic musical instruments in the township for over 30 years and have produced some of the great musicians including some highly qualified musicians who are now employed in the Country’s Military Band, SA Navy and other renowned Jazz Bands.

The organisation has 15 music educators who specialise in different music instruments and are also orchestral players themselves.

Today they pride themselves to have successfully showcased their work and talent in many communities locally and beyond and have supported many community choirs, church choirs and school choirs by providing orchestral accompaniment to enhance their performances and to raise funds by staging those concerts.

“We have three sections of teaching in the Conservatoire and they are; Music Classes for young students between the ages of 6 to 18 years, at this class we teach Theory of Music from grade 1 to 8.

Advanced students are entered into Music Exams with the London Royal School of Music and Unisa, we also conduct our own internal assessment.

Instruments that are taught are: Violins, Viola: Cello, Bass, Flute, Clarinets, Trombone, Trumpets and Saxophone,says Lindy Makubalo one of the founder members of the organization.

“We have Small Ensembles, these are groups that have already mastered their instruments and now form Quintets; Quartets; Duets and Solo’s. They meet on Thursdays, those who are still at school come in the afternoon, these students are ready for performances whenever the need arises,” said Mam’Lindy as she is passionately called by her students.

Thuthukani Music Conservatoire Spring Concert is a 21 piece Orchestra that boast young and old classic musicians. They will render music by very famous African and Traditional composers.

This very interesting event is aimed at highlighting Ubuntu and Togethernessand is supported by theCity of Johannesburg’s Arts Department.

The Thuthukani Music Spring Concert will be held on Sunday 13 October at Mofolo Art Centre Hall (within the Mofolo Park).

It begins at 14:00pm and entrance fee is only R50 per person at the door.

For production and to pre-purchase your tickets please contact Lindy Makubalo on 083 681 9679 or Vusi Ngwenya on 081 562 0716. 

Image (Thuthukani Music Conservatoire will showcase their talent at the music Spring concert in Soweto on October 13.)

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