Cape Town Opera Outreach Projects
The former WCMA Orchestra had the priviledge to be part of of Cape Town Opera's Outreach project for the past two years. In 2012, a Share a Note Concert was held with Cape Town Opera: The Orchestra performed with the Cape Town Opera Vocal Ensemble (24) and a Mass Choir with more than 200 children from surrounding schools. The Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Marvin Kernelle (CTO) and Carina Brown (WCMA) gave 2 successful performances and this was by far the most successful Outreach Program of the CTO up to date.
2013: Together with their Voice of the Nation Opera Ensemble; various soloists; and school choirs of less fortunate schools, concerts were held on Friday 16 August 2013 at Diazville Primary School, Saldanha (featuring choirs of High and Primary School Diazville) and on Sunday 18 August 2013 at Masiphathisane Primary School, Vredenburg (featuring primary school choirs of Masiphathisane, Panorama, Eden, Laingville, Weston). Cape Town Opera gave choir training on Saturdays for choir members of participating schools over a period of 6 months prior to the concerts. We deeply appreciate Cape Town Opera for reaching out to our community and letting the Orchestra be part of it. We also thank the Western Cape Provincial Government for funding this project.
Click here to view the CTO Concerts Photo Album.
November 2012: A Happy Ashwill Jonkers, receivied his surprise: a professional Clarinet that we sponsored for his new career in the Army Band. We reached out to Ashwill to make his dream come true to become a Clarinet player in the Army Band. We sponsored his clarinet and theory lessons, books, exams, workshops, concerts, orchestra fees - for 2 years - until he passed his audition for the Army Band and has been taken up by the Army during June 2013.
Noordhoek Primary Outreach
2011: Due to restriction of funds, we started our own Outreach Program at Noordhoek Primary School in Velddrif, during 2011. We taught several group classes weekly in Guitar and Recorder. The recorder group performed at our Annual Prize Giving Award Ceremony and we awarded them Certificates for their progress. Unfortunately we had to put the Outreach Program on a hold due to a lack of funding.