Lo­cal choir to show off their tal­ent

Cape Times - - NEWS - Staff Writer

THE Wesley Prac­tis­ing School in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cape Cul­tural Col­lec­tive (CCC) will showcase young tal­ent to help raise funds for the school’s mu­sic and cul­ture pro­gramme.

Wesley Prac­tis­ing School prin­ci­pal An­dre En­gel said the va­ri­ety show was about pro­vid­ing a plat­form for th­ese tal­ented pupils to show off their skills, as well as re­ward them for all their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

“Th­ese pupils re­ally bat­tled against all odds and at­tended weekly ses­sions re­li­giously to im­prove.

“It is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to im­prove at play­ing a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment when you don’t have one your­self and hence my ad­mi­ra­tion for th­ese pupils who of­fered up their breaks and came af­ter school to prac­tise on the few gui­tars we have at school.”

He said the choir has al­ready shown great prom­ise af­ter only six weeks of prac­tise they achieved bronze at an Eisteddfod in April.

The school launched an or­gan­ised sports, mu­sic and cul­ture pro­gramme at the start of this year, part­ner­ing with the Cape Cul­tural Col­lec­tive to es­tab­lish a school choir.

“The pro­gramme forms part of our phi­los­o­phy of de­vel­op­ing pupils holis­ti­cally and pre­sent­ing them with as many op­por­tu­ni­ties as pos­si­ble to dis­cover, ex­plore and de­velop their tal­ents.”

Sea­soned per­form­ers have also been in­vited, so that not only could pupils “rub shoul­ders” with them, but show them that such a vo­ca­tion was not out of reach for them.

The pro­gramme will com­bine the tal­ents of the Wesley pupils as well as per­for­mances by other com­mu­nity and school choirs and mu­si­cians.

The school has also been work­ing with Mike Fenn of Live Mu­sic Cape Town who teaches gui­tar and marim­bas, Fox­trot Dance Stu­dio which teaches Latin and ball­room danc­ing and Mrs La­tola who coaches the hip-hop dancers.

Chair­per­son of the CCC Man­soor Jaf­fer said it was re­ally ex­cit­ing to see the Wesley Choir grow­ing the way it has.

“The Cape Cul­tural Col­lec­tive is proud to part­ner with Wesley School as we know the power of arts and cul­ture to bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and de­velop young peo­ple’s self-con­fi­dence.

“We are hon­oured to part­ner with this his­toric school in bring­ing this project to fruition.”

The Wesley Shin­ing Stars and Friends con­cert will take place on Satur­day at the Cor­ner­stone In­sti­tute, Ce­cil Av­enue, Salt River.

Tick­ets for the con­cert cost R65 and can be ob­tained from the school, at the door or re­served by call­ing the school on 021 441 8646 or email zjat­tiem81@gmail.com.

Th­ese pupils bat­tled against all odds and at­tended weekly ses­sions

FUND-RAISER: The Cape Cul­tural Col­lec­tive and the Wesley Prac­tis­ing School present Wesley Shin­ing Stars and Friends, a showcase of young tal­ent. The con­cert will take place on Satur­day at 2.30pm at Cor­ner­stone In­sti­tute, Ce­cil Av­enue, Salt River.

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