ABOUT 600 pupils from three primary schools in Nelson Mandela Bay attended the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Investment Project, which was held at the Raymond Mhlaba Sports Centre in Motherwell.
This outreach project funded by the National Lottery, started back in 2002 to promote music around the Bay among as many pupils as possible from disadvantaged communities.
The project utilises school facilities such as Khulile Primary in Motherwell, St Teresa Primary in Booysen Park and the Palmridge Apostolic Church in Bloemendal as teaching venues.
Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra manager Gill Barnett, said pupils are taught to play the violin from Grade 1.
“Here in Motherwell, we teach at Khulile Primary School.
“We have nine permanent teachers and nine temporary teachers who teach at the three different schools almost every day.
“We try to create opportunities for the participants in the project to experience the world from a new perspective and offer an alternative to crime and a feeling of hopelessness,” she said
One of the teachers, Siyabonga Gangxa, who teaches pupils to play brass instruments, said he’s been part of the project for almost two years now.
Gangxa learnt how to play himself when he was a pupil at Khulile back in 2002.
“I am also a part of the project and have been teaching part-time for two years now.
“Learning to play a brass instrument takes time but it also depends on the talent of the child,” he said.