Benefit concert at Erin Hall

2018-12-11 06:01
Wendy Fine

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The award-winning opera singer Wendy Mario Fine, from Rondebosch, is extending her love for music to helping a local music school start on a high note, by hosting a benefit concert on Monday 17 December.

This concert will form part of the celebration of her 80th birthday and will be held at Erin Hall from 15:00. The proceeds will be donated to the newly established Reginald Burricks Community School of Music, launched in September this year.

Fine says she decided to use her birthday to give back to the school because she knows the hardships of being an aspiring artist from a disadvantaged background and being discriminated against, and she knew the late Reginald Burricks for many years before he passed away.

She says she would like to play a part in making sure his legacy lives on, and giving back to the community he served is the best way to do so.

Already running free music workshops at her studio, Fine also says she feels obliged to make sure that talented youth have support and a platform to allow them to reach their full potential­.

Fine says among the many young artists she has helped, she is most proud of the two that have made their way to international level.

She says: “I started my career during the most difficult times, under apartheid government where we were not allowed to perform and or take our music any further. It was very difficult – that is why I always do what I can to help nurture a talent.”

It was her passion and eagerness to make a name for herself in the music industry that saw her leaving the country for New York.

She came back after 20 years and wanted to plough back into her community.

Last year she received a Western Cape Government Lifetime Achievement Award at the Classical Youth Music Festival held at Artscape.

Now she is appealing to the public to support the concert and to also spread the message.

She says the more people attending, the higher the amount that will be raised and donated.V Tickets cost R100 and the lineup includes local and international opera singers. Email reception@grosvenorsquare.­co.za.

The award-winning opera singer Wendy Mario Fine, from Rondebosch, is extending her love for music to helping a local music school start on a high note, by hosting a benefit concert on Monday 17 December­.

This concert will form part of the celebration of her 80th birthday and will be held at Erin Hall from 15:00. The proceeds will be donated to the newly established Reginald Burricks Community School of Music, launched in September this year.

Fine says she decided to use her birthday to give back to the school because she knows the hardships of being an aspiring artist from a disadvantaged background and being discriminated against, and she knew the late Reginald Burricks for many years before he passed away.

She says she would like to play a part in making sure his legacy lives on, and giving back to the community he served is the best way to do so.

Already running free music workshops at her studio, Fine also says she feels obliged to make sure that talented youth have support and a platform to allow them to reach their full potential­.

Fine says among the many young artists she has helped, she is most proud of the two that have made their way to international level.

She says: “I started my career during the most difficult times, under apartheid government where we were not allowed to perform and or take our music any further. It was very difficult – that is why I always do what I can to help nurture a talen­t.”

It was her passion and eagerness to make a name for herself in the music industry that saw her leaving the country for New York.

She came back after 20 years and wanted to plough back into her community.

Last year she received a Western Cape Government Lifetime Achievement Award at the Classical Youth Music Festival held at Artscape.

Now she is appealing to the public to support the concert and to also spread the message. She says the more people attending, the higher the amount that will be raised and donated.V Tickets cost R100 and the lineup includes local and international opera singers. Email reception@­grosvenorsquare.­co.za.

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