The Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) is reaching out to schools through its classical music initiative aimed at unearthing talent. Candidates showing potential will be taken into a mentoring programme for the duration of the year. They will also be featured in a series of classical concerts in the 2019 FSSO programme as part of advance mentoring. The concerts will be held by vastly experienced conductor and FSSO artistic director, Alexander Fokkens. Daphney Teffo, media coordinator, said the importance of these concerts is that they have a strong educational focus to teach candidates the basics. “Fokkens is committed to the education of young musicians. He has a gift for discovering, inspiring, mentoring and developing young musical talent,” she said.“The FSSO has made it one of its missions to host public concerts at various schools in the community to reach out to children from different backgrounds and incite interest in classical music from a young age.” She said the success of last year’s outreach programme inspired the FSSO to continue conducting the programme this year. “The FSSO board seeks to address orchestral music education provision and support and enhance the skills of young musicians.“This is done whilst building an audience that will sustain classical music in the Free State for many years to come,” said Teffo. Schools earmarked for the programme this year are the St Andrew’s School, the Fauna Primary School, Willem Postma Primary School, Eduplus and the Bainsvlei Combined School. The first instalment for 2019 was held at the St Andrew’s School on Monday (28/01), followed by Fauna and Willem Postma yesterday (29/01). Today’s (30/01) sessions will take place at the Eduplus School and the Bainsvlei Combined School. This initiative is made possible through funding by the National Lotteries Commission.Interested parties can dial 051-401-2342 during business hours.