THE Royal School of Church Music yesterday treated pupils and teachers from a number of schools in Nelson Mandela Bay and surrounding areas to a special music concert presented by the Feather Market Organ Society.
Sheer excitement filled the Feather Market Centre as 900 pupils and teachers enjoyed the concert.
The Royal School of Church Music organised for 270 pupils from the city’s northern areas to attend the event, with pupils from Alpha, Bethelsdorp, Kroneburg and Soutpan primary schools.
Pupils from about 50 schools as far afield as Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp also attended the event.
Professor Albert Troskie and organists Johan van Eck, Arnu Oelofse, Leigh Ray and Wessel Horak kept the pupils and teachers entertained with harmonic tunes and melodies.
“There are bursaries available for our young organists and we would like to encourage them to take up the organ as an instrument. We also thank the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for its financial support of this open day for the schools,” Troskie said.
The enrichment programme, which is run annually, aims to expose pupils to organ and choir music. Principals chose pupils who showed an interest in music to attend the open day.
“This is a first for these young ones from the northern areas and the excitement is great,” secretary Jenny Yates said.
Parkside Primary school music teacher Verrick Erasmus said the pupils were extremely excited.
“As the only school in the Gelvandale area that makes piano classes available to pupils, we try to expose them to as many events like this as possible.
“I believe that everything they learned will be relevant for when they go back to classes,” he said.
Grade 5 Uitenhage Primary School pupil Leonice Hendriks, 10, said she found all the different instruments “quite interesting” and she loved meeting pupils from all over.
“I sing in our school choir so music is very important to me,” she said. – Chanice Koopman