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MOZART TREAT (article first published : 2004-02-21)

Music-lovers are invited to enjoy the first in a series on monthly concerts, which will feature professional musicians and senior music pupils, to be held at the Durban Music School (DMS) proudly sponsored by Cell C in St Andrews Street on February 24 at 19h30.

Performing Mozart’s Wind Serenades at this inaugural concert are well-known KZNPO performers oboists David Lloyd and Maggie Deppe, bassoonists Vessela Minkova and Lubomir Minkov, French horn performers Tzanko Tzankov, Katie Pryce, Alice Thomson and Jim Lemon with Christie Swanepoel on double bass. Leading clarinettists Ian Holloway (KZNPO) and Werner Dannewitz (DMS) will also perform with their respective senior pupils Christopher Wigens and Danielle Schmidt.

These monthly concerts form part of an endeavour to profile the only music school in KZN which provides music lessons for children and adults and has a high-profile bursary programme for disadvantaged young people.

Cell C recently announced a R1 million-sponsorship deal, which covers the running costs of the new Durban Music School until it becomes self-funding. The idea is that these funds enables the school to continue to run while seeking out corporate and private sponsorship for individual three year bursaries for disadvantaged children.

“Since the inception of the bursary project last year, we have been able to increase our pupils from 30 to 130 through bursaries and other funding.” explains Werner Dannewitz, the School’s Director of Music. “Now, together with Cell C, we want to showcase the talent that is being developed here at the school by presenting monthly concerts with senior pupils and teachers.

“Besides being an easy-to-listen-to concert which will have broad appeal to music-lovers, this is also great opportunity for companies and corporate business people who are interested in sponsoring a child, to visit the school and see the value their sponsorship may provide in social upliftment. We know that children who learn to play a musical instrument are more likely to perform better in academic subjects than their peers. We also see how children’s self-esteem improves as they become more and more confident in mastering their instruments.”

The concert starts at 19h30 and lasts 75 minutes. As this is a first for the school, patrons are invited to enjoy wine and snacks after the concert with the performers.

The school is located at 21 St Andrews Street, Opposite Diakonia (Just off Broad Street). There is secure parking at the back of the school, and security guards are in attendance in the public parking area at the front of the building.

Tickets R30 (R15 pupils) booked through 031 3041001. Booking is advised as there is limited seating.




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