Where there’s a will, there’s a way

2019-09-17 06:00

Talented musician, Lynn Rudolph refuses to give up on her dream of doing her master’s degree in England – she’s been organising fundraising concerts, taking out study loans and working very long hours to make it happen.

This past weekend, she held another concert, this time at the Youngblood Art Gallery in the CBD. To be updated on Monday Lynn, who lives in Kraaifontein, was accepted to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to further her studies. The challenge is to raise enough money to pay for her flights, accommodation, additional living costs and a portion of the tuition fees.

Lynn, a music graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, attended a live audition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in November last year, where she played the viola.

She was immediately accepted into the master’s programme.

According to Lynn, the scholarship only covers 70% of the tuition fee.

Since receiving the good news, Lynn has been working tirelessly to make sure she raises enough money to realise her dream.

She has already taken out two loans to secure her spot.

“I need to raise about R92 000 more before I leave. I cannot expect my almost retired father to use his last earnings on funding the trip as it is their (and her mother’s) only income,” says Lynn.

She says studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is an opportunity not to be missed. She’ll be attending the conservatoire for two years.

The opportunity came at a time when she was at a crossroads with her career; she had to decide whether to study further or work full-time.

“I have always dreamt of this (completing her master’s overseas) but knew I’ll never be able to afford it without a scholarship. I have been passionate about music since the age of six.

“It is creative and a form of expressing yourself. You always learn something new,” says Lynn.

She hopes to gain tons of experience while studying overseas, which she wants to plough back into the community on her return home.

She’s very grateful to her friends, who have been assisting her with her fundraising efforts and Lynn says “they’ve been doing a good job so far”. Thanks to their help, Lynn has already raised around R60 000, which excludes the proceeds from the past weekend’s concert.

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