Music for Africa Trust

The Beau Soleil Music Centre established the MUSIC FOR AFRICA TRUST (BSMAT) in order to secure funding for the centre’s Development Projects, in order to make instrumental music tuition available to learners from previously disadvantaged communities. The following current projects fall under the BSMAT: 

1. IFIDYOLI Development Project

2. The Ottery Road Methodist School Development Project

3. Westlake Primary School Development Project

Major achievements: Apart from frequent performances, some of the development pupils have taken music as a matric subject and are now studying at UCT and US, and performing semi-professionally. Three of these post-matric students have recently returned to teach in the IFIDYOLI project, under supervision of the Project Manager, Elzahn Johnson, and other experienced teachers.

Financial Features: The organization is a Registered Trust – Number IT 3480/2002, regular accounting practices are employed in the organization and provision is made for an annual audit. 

The Beau Soleil Music Centre was started in 1982 by the Western Cape Education Department to meet the needs of specialised instrumental music tuition in the Cape Town area. In 1999 the Music Centre’s development programme was initiated to meet the growing need for instrumental music tuition in previously disadvantaged communities. The Beau Soleil Music for Africa Trust (BSMAT) was formed in 2003 in order to raise the desperately needed funds to support this developmental programme. 

Late in 1999 Ms Kathleen Garrity, a violin teacher at the Beau Soleil Music Centre, began to teach some children from Khayelitsha, a sub-economic housing area close to Cape Town.  Starting with an initial group of 16 pupils, violin classes were held on Saturday mornings as a parallel programme at the Music Centre.  In the group lessons Ms Garrity developed a unique and very effective teaching method that involved lots of action and interaction between the students.  Initially they learnt folk songs from around the world but especially local South African melodies.  After a relatively short time they were proficient enough to play at concerts.  The group soon became known as the “Ifidyoli Ensemble” as a Xhosa word for violin is ifidyoli.

Gradually those who were doing well were given the opportunity to come to the Centre on weekday afternoons to have individual lessons with some of the best instrumental teachers available in Cape Town.  As more teachers became involved, the children had the chance to learn other string instruments such as cello and double bass as well. 

In order to make this possible for these children, all of whom are from previously disadvantaged communities and with weak financial backgrounds, transport to the Music Centre was paid for out of the Centre’s funds. Those pupils who reach a sufficient proficiency are integrated in the mainstream programme at Beau Soleil, contributing further to the social integration of all our learners around a common passion.  

It is well documented and universally accepted that a musical education contributes significantly to a child’s development, contributing to the development of mental discipline, motor, emotional, social and cognitive skills, construction of identity, self definition, self confidence and cultural confidence and an enjoyment of life. Through the BSMAT development projects, the Music Centre seeks to extend these benefits to learners who would otherwise be excluded.

David Juritz Visits Beau Soleil

 

Cape Town born violinist, David Juritz, is one of the most versatile violinists currently working in the UK, dividing his time between solo performances, directing, chamber music, working as guest leader with many of Britain’s finest orchestras and leading his own group, the London Tango Quintet. From 1991 to 2010, he was the leader of the London Mozart Players. He has directed the Royal Philharmonic, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Mozart Festival Orchestra as well as many other ensembles. 

 

His recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, re-released by Nimbus Alliance in 2012, has been widely hailed by critics as one of the finest interpretations of that much-recorded work. David’s recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, released in May 2011, was also warmly received by the music press.

In 2007 he took a five-month sabbatical to busk around the world. On the 100,000km journey through 50 cities in 24 countries on six continents, he paid for the entire journey with his busking earnings by playing Bach on the streets. He used the trip to launch MUSEQUALITY, a charity supporting music education projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries. He remains deeply committed to encouraging young musicians in the developing world. 

On Saturday, the 23rd of May 2015, we were privileged to have David Juritz visit the Beau Soleil Music Centre to work with the young IFIDYOLI players. His enthusiasm and encouragement were a joy to watch and our children benefited hugely. 

 

BSMAT/Ifidyoli Management Team

BSMAT/Ifidyoli Project Management Team

Sarah Evans, Siyathemba Nteta, Fiona Grayer

info@beausoleil.org.za

 

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BSMAT Events

FUND RAISING MUSATHON

We managed to raise R28000 at our 2018 event, which goes towards our development programme. This provides opportunities to many disadvantaged young students to learn a musical instrument. Thanks for your support! MUSATHON 2019 will be in October. The exact date is to be confirmed so keep an eye out.  We can top last year's total with your help, so please support us with donations and join us for a day of music making starting at 9am. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 021 761 1894