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Upcoming Events – For the Classical Music Lovers

For the first time in Kenya the Byron Consort – an elite vocal ensemble founded in 2001 in Harrow School – comes to Kenya to perform as part of their Africa tour.

All proceeds from their concert on 10th April, at the Michael Joseph Centre, goes towards supporting the Ghetto Classics.

 

 

 

 


Latest News  – For the Classical Music Lovers

The Nairobi Musical Society are putting together a series of concerts and we hope you can join them:

1.       Nairobi Orchestra Concert- This will be held on the 12th and 13th of November at Braeside School – please note that this not be held at the usual venue of Braeburn.

Nbi Orch poster Nov 2016The programme includes two concertos; one for bassoon and one for violin. The latter is performed by Ye Seul Lee, winner of the Senior category of the Young Musicians Competition 2016 edition. They will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Here are a few notes about the piece:

The work was premiered with Beethoven himself conducting in Vienna on 8 December 1813 at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau. In Beethoven’s address to the participants, the motives are openly named: “We are moved by nothing but pure patriotism and the joyful sacrifice of our powers for those who have sacrificed so much for us.”The orchestra was led by Beethoven’s friend Ignaz Schuppanzigh and included some of the finest musicians of the day: violinist Louis Spohr, composers Johann Nepomuk HummelGiacomo Meyerbeer and Antonio Salieri, bassoonist Anton Romberg, and the Italian double bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti, whom Beethoven described as playing “with great fire and expressive power”. The Italian guitar virtuoso Mauro Giuliani played cello at the premiere. The piece was very well received, and the second movement, the Allegretto, had to be encored immediately. Spohr made particular mention of Beethoven’s antics on the rostrum (“as a sforzando occurred, he tore his arms with a great vehemence asunder … at the entrance of a forte he jumped in the air”), and the concert was repeated due to its immense success.

2.       Oboe Recital on Sunday 30th October at 2.30pm at Kenton College.

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This is the second in the series of the NMS recitals for this season. Liz Knott  (Oboe)who has played with the Nairobi Orchestra several times over the last two years will be appearing accompanied by James Laight (Piano). The Concert will feature the Brandenburg Concerto NO. 2. Other instrumentalists are featured in the concert which will be a good way to pass the Sunday afternoon.

Please see poster for more details.

3.  Organ Recital –  on Thursday 17thNovember at St Francis. Karen at 6.30pm
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Dr Richard Godfrey is retired Consultant Physician and specialist in lung disease, who still teaches for the World Health Organisation. From 1990-93 he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Moi University, Eldoret. Richard studied the organ with a number of teachers, including Robert Munns, Margaret Phillips and Anne Marsden Thomas. He gained the ARCO in 1976, and won the RCO’s Percy Whitlock prize for organ teaching in 1999. In retirement he now devotes increasing time to teaching the organ and is a Tutor for the UK Royal College of Organists Academy. He is coordinator of the Salisbury Diocesan PipeUp Scheme,which provides subsidised organ tuition for young people.  He is musical advisor to the Lyme Regis Organ School, and Organ Consultant to the Diocese of Salisbury. Richard gives regular concerts and has performed in Salisbury Cathedral, Nairobi Cathedral and Sherborne Abbey. Richard enjoys making and repairing instruments, and in 2005 completed the 25-stop organ at All Saint’s Church, Farley, near Salisbury. Music includes works by Bach, Elgar and Schumann.

 



Events  – Night of Classical Music and Dance 

Together with Art of Music Foundation & Crescendo con la Musica Association, the Opus 1 Foundation presented its first Charity Concert in Nairobi on 25th and 26th August 2016 to raise funds and draw awareness for programs aiding and empowering youth living within Kenya’s impoverished communities. 

The Crescendo con la Musica and Opus 1 Foundation team spent 10 days visiting the Ghetto Classics kids holding masterclasses and workshops and the culmination of their trip were the 2 gala concerts where in partnership with the Art of Music Foundation they laid in place plans to build a Musical Community Centre in Eastlands. You can watch the video from their visit here: Opus 1 Foundation visit to Kenya 


Many thanks to the sponsors, outstanding Artist Ambassadors and behind-the-scenes team who shared their talents, time and energy in helping change the the lives of many.

To view the photos click here: Night of Classical Music and Dance  

 

 


Latest News – SYO End of term Concert

The Safaricom Youth Orchestra, held their end of term concert at Brookhouse School on 23rd July 2016. To see more of the photos from this concert click Here.

 


Latest News – KNYO Fundraising concert

The Kenya National Youth Orchestra staged a fundraising concert on 3rd July, 2016 at the Kenya National Theatre from 3pm – 5pm. The concert was aimed at raising funds to support some of the players who have been privileged to be part of the upcoming cultural orchestral exchange programme in the United Kingdom in August, 2016.

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Latest News – Link Up Kenya

Carnegie Hall’s Link Up Program — an elementary school music program that pairs students with local orchestras—continues to reach more and more classrooms around the world. This year, the program has taken root in Nairobi, Kenya, where English-speaking students are participating in Link Up: The Orchestra Moves and preparing for a concert facilitated by The Art of Music Foundation. Paul Asiyo, a Link Up teacher in Kenya, was interviewed by the Carnegie Hall team: Click here to read more

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Event of The Month – KNYO Perform at Strathmore University

Avada Theme ImageThe KYNO performed at the opening ceremony of the Strathmore University on 23rd May for the official launch of their new bachelors program in the Humanities. They received tremendous positive reviews from the guests and staff members.

The next KNYO residential will take place in April 10th to 15th 2016 that will be followed by a public concert on April 16th at the Kenya National Theatre.

 

 

 

 


 

Event of The Month – Strings and Keys 

February was a special month for the Art of Music and Ghetto Classics. World Harmonic sent two of their ambassadors, Chris Cortisidis and Jorge Viladoms to Nairobi for one week to perform and also teach the students of Ghetto Classics. The trip was an amazing success and we hope to welcome them Bac(h) to Kenya soon.

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World Harmonic is an organization established to support programs that educate and empower children and youth from underprivileged/developing countries through classical music. Follow World Harmonic on Facebook for more details 


Musician of The Month – Brian O. Kepher 

shortcodesBorn in 1994 December 24th I am from the Luo community, but Kenya is my tribe. I am blessed to have both parents. My Dad’s name is Kepher and my Mum’s name is Pamela. I have nine siblings, 3 brothers and 5sisters. I study at Our Lady of Fatuma Secondary School in Nairobi and I am proud to play music.

I started playing music at Ghetto Classics in Korogocho. I have no apologies for living in the slums, since I know I am the one to change it through music. I was also motivated by my mother who was always calling me to go and see the group wherever they played, before I joined them in January 2011.

Classical music has so far helped me not only socially but also academically since I keep on being motivated. I am a scout and I am a member of the scout band. This has really played a big role in my music.

I am honoured to join the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya this year and I am privileged to play the percussion. At Ghetto Classics I play tenor saxophone. I am very happy with the group. I was motivated by their performance last year and I said to myself that I must come and add value to them, so here I am playing the percussion.

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