Days 9 & 10 – Teaching teachers, A first recorder ensemble and developing outreach projects

Day 9

On Tuesday we settled into our schedule of lessons and rehearsals, continuing to work with the orchestra. We are also giving each teacher individual lessons on their instruments.

Here is Tim working with John who teaches brass and piano.
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In the evening we gave a short recital in the Academy which is part of their Tuesday evening series. We managed to make use of their harpsichord! Tim accompanied Rachel singing some Handel, and then swapped places with Rachel so that she could accompany Tim playing some Schumann on the oboe. Our audience was keen to hear about our own musical educations and the peculiarities of performing!

Day 10

This morning we went to the Chainda Community School in Lusaka, a community-run school of around 400 students aged 5-22 years old and with only 4 teachers. We worked with around 25 children aged 10-15 doing lots of rhythm games and singing. This was, we were told, their first taste of music education. The Ngoma Dolce Academy hopes to start a relationship with this school to give musical opportunities to the children and teachers there. The children were really eager to learn, so we really hope this can happen!

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In the afternoon we worked with the Recorder Ensemble for the first time – this was a real delight and we’re looking forward to their performance on Saturday!

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We also started sorting out the mountains of sheet music donations scattered around the practise rooms. More to follow on this tomorrow… It’s a big job!

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