School dreams of international tour

2018-05-16 06:01
The Pietermaritzburg Girls High School Wind Band in their music room.PHOTO: byrone athman

The Pietermaritzburg Girls High School Wind Band in their music room.PHOTO: byrone athman

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THE Pietermaritzburg Girls High School Wind Band are dreaming of Vienna nights and the sound of their classical music filling the air as they attempt to raise enough funds to attend the Suma Cum Laude Festival in Austria’s capital.

Wanting to make their mark on the world of music, the all-girls band are hoping they raise enough funds so that all the girls in the band get the opportunity to display their love for music on a grand stage.

“We have divided ourselves into four different task teams namely; sponsorships, advertising, logistics and fund-raising,” said Laikyn Tyler, who is part of the fund-raising committee.

Tyler said that they have sent out various sponsorship letters out to businesses in hope that these businesses will recognise their hunger and passion for music and provide them with any kind of donation to help their cause.

Since embarking on this initiative, the girls have hosted a cake sale at their school where they brought their own ingredients, made the goods from scratch and sold them to raise funds.

“We plan on doing many more activities to raise funds and are available to perform at birthday parties, weddings and other festivals,” said Zibusiso Ndlovu.

The girls have been performing together since Grade 8 and have grown from strength to strength with most of the girls not having played an instrument before Grade 8.

“Before high school, most of us had not touched an instrument but now we are ready to display our talent and love of music on the world-stage,” said Nolwazzi Nkwanyana.

Band manager Gert Van Rooijen said that he was very proud of the girls for all they had achieved since he started teaching them. “Some of these girls had not picked up an instrument before coming here and now they want to perform internationally,” said Van Rooijen.

When asked if they were nervous to play overseas, the girls simply replied that they are very comfortable performing, especially, since they’ve been performing together since Grade 8 and want to make their competitive mark on an international stage. The girls will also be attending the International Youth Music Festival in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Anyone looking to make the dreams of these musical girls come true can visit the Girls High School’s Facebook page or contact the school directly at 033 386 9271/2/3.

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