What is The Art Of Music Foundation?
The Art of Music Foundation was established in 2009 and it’s mission is to promote the performance and appreciation of art music in Kenya and to use it’s transformative power to change lives, particularly of those living in underprivileged areas of the country. The foundation exists to use music to make a difference in the lives of young Kenyans. We believe art music, with its traditions of structure, discipline and excellence, can offer a great awakening and opportunity to a broad spectrum of Kenyan youth. Our programmes centre on mentorship, first-class training and performance opportunities – we see music uniting communities and changing lives.
Started in the year 2008, Ghetto Classics is a community programme that involves over 650 children in Korogocho – one of Kenya’s biggest slums that is home to about 300,000 urban poor and 5 satellite areas around Nairobi. We use music education to provide the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community. We do this by instilling in them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music. Our programme also provides them with income generating opportunities. Read More →
The National Youth Orchestra of Kenya is a pioneering education and training project which was set up by the Art of Music Foundation in 2010. Inspired by the success of Venezuela’s El Sistema organisation in bringing communities together and developing national pride through music participation, the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya (or KNYO as it is often called) meets three times a year in Nairobi for intensive training. Read More →
Upcoming Events – For the Classical Music Lovers
Some of the key highlights for classical music lovers will be:
THURSDAY THE 27TH OF JULY @ 19.00 HOURS. Both local and visiting organist’s will explore All Saints Cathedral’s magnificent Walker organ. Works will include Mendelssohn, Bach, Norman Cocker and some interesting works for orchestra flute and organ. Do not miss this exciting hour!
SATURDAY 29TH JULY @ 19.00 HOURS – The tenth edition of Sounds of Praise. This will feature visiting bassoonist and graduate of the Royal Academy of music Bernie Childs performing Mozart’s Bassoon concerto, a world premier of Andrew Whitaker’s setting to Psalm 150 as well as other beautiful choral works all performed by the massed choirs of the Cathedral.
SUNDAY 30TH JULY @ 15.00 HRS. This crowns the week with a performance of Handel’s Messiah with massed choir, organ and orchestra. This will be conducted by Alan Childs , music adjudicator, choral director, organist and Royal schools of music examiner.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.
Hope to see you there!
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