Hugo Lambrechts Music Development

The Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme (HLMDP) is an initiative of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Trust, established to support the learners and activities of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

The HLMDP Partnership Schools are Silversands Primary School (Delft), Rosendal Primary School (Delft), Kalksteenfontein Primary School (Kalksteen), Matroosbergweg Primary School (Belhar), Riebeeck Street Primary School (Belhar) and De Waveren Primary School (Ruyterwacht).

The HLMDP provides these marginalised youth a safe haven from an environment stricken by poverty and gang-related violence and the music education these learners receive advances their reading and arithmetic skills. Through regular concert performances and attendance, they learn the importance of stage demeanour and concert etiquette. The self-discipline instilled through daily practice sessions develops their focus, self-awareness and self-esteem, and teaches them that hard work and responsibility are critical for achieving excellence. Thus, they are effectively equipped with essential 21st-centurary workplace skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration, which serve them well as they enter adulthood. The unique relationship that develops between each music teacher and his/her pupils contributes significantly to the general well-being of these leaners.

Beginners are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and their basic practical musicianship skills are developed. Thereafter they learn to play a musical instrument, study theory and participate in orchestras. To monitor their progress, they complete bi-annual assessments. Advanced learners are enrolled for accredited practical and theory music programmes offered by the Directorate Music of Unisa. The top students are acknowledged annually at the Hugo Lambrechts Prestige Concert.

Annual meetings with parents and regular contact between co-ordinators ensure parental buy-in and effective efficient project management with strict monitoring and evaluation measures.

The High School Development Project was created to establish pathways for talented learners when they progress to high school and no longer receive nurturing from one of our partnership primary schools. A merit-based incentive scheme enables these learners to receive tuition at a discounted fee, that equals the average mark they obtained in the previous year.

The Adopt-A-Muzo Project provides additional financial support to top performing but needy Hugo Lambrechts learners who excel on national level. Funding granted enables them to participate in more advanced external music examinations, eisteddfodau, master classes, festivals, orchestra courses and music competitions

Students from the following six partner schools participate in the Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme:

Kalksteenfontein Primary School


Matroosbergweg Primary School

Elsies River

Riebeekstraat Primary School


Silversands Primary School


Rosendal Primary School


De Waveren Primary School


Once the learners leave primary school, they are encouraged to continue with their music education at the Music Centre whilst at high school. Through a merit-based incentive scheme, these learners are assisted by subsidised Music Centre tuition. A number of learners from our development programme have thus only featured prominently in music competitions, external examinations, and eisteddfodau over the years, but have furthered their musical careers at tertiary level institutions including the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch, and the North West.