Thursday 24 April 2014

Easter Concert 2014 at Tea in the Trees

Last weekend, KMA high school students gave a valiant performance on recorder, violin, flute, oboe, saxophone, djembe, and marimba for Tea in the Trees in Cinsta.  Our performance took place on Easter Sunday 20 April 2014 in Cintsa West, East London. 

Following the previous day’s concert run-through at St. Charles Sojola High School, fourteen Keiskamma Music Academy students traveled from Hamburg to Cintsa, accompanied by Programme Manager Anthony Drake, Assistant Programme Manager Laura Osterlund, and volunteer teachers Martin Kratzing and Claudia Linfelt.  Music Academy played a full program before an appreciative crowd of visitors and holiday makers.

Our highly anticipated return to Tea in the Trees follows a successful Carols by Candlelight Christmas performance on Monday 23 December 2013.  Music Academy revisited classical and traditional favourites, including a musical hit by Miriam Makeba arranged by Anthony Drake and Xhosa songs arranged by Daniel Hutchinson. 

Among the young musicians who participated were KMA high school students Sibongiseni Gxamza (Gr. 10), Nokuthula Makhubalo (Gr. 11), Lwandile Mapuma (Gr. 9), Wonke Mapuma (Gr. 9), Sambesiwe Mavela (Gr. 8), Simamkele Maxontana (Gr. 12), Siphelo Mvaphantsi (Gr. 11), Thabo Ngoxo (Gr. 12), Thabiso Ngoxo (Gr. 12), Aviwe Nkani (Gr. 11), Olwethu Nkani (Gr. 11), Zimkitha Nompunga (Gr. 11),  Qhama Nongce (Gr. 9), and Mkhululi Peter (Gr. 11). 

Included in the day’s program were performances by large and small recorder ensembles accompanied by marimba and djembe, along with violin duos, and saxophone trios.  Our concert also featured performances by new orchestral instrument players.  Sambesiwe Mavela, who made his flute debut for Tea in the Trees last December, performed an accompanied solo after less than five months of playing.  Thabo Ngoxo, KMA’s first oboe student, performed a duet with Anthony Drake on flute after less than four.

We would like to thank all in attendance at Keiskamma Music Academy concert for Tea in the Trees.  Special thanks as well to Tea in the Trees staff, as well as Keiskamma Trust driver Luzuko. 

For photographs of our recent event, and to learn more about Keiskamma Music Academy, please visit our Facebookpage and webpage.

Well done, all! We look forward to future performances and return visits to Cintsa.