Hugo Lambrechts Music Development
& Adopt-a-Muzo Programme
The Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme, established in 2002, is an initiative which aims to enrich the lives of marginalised youth from the surrounding areas through exposure to and tuition in practical instrumental music as well as music theory. Selected learners from five primary schools in the surrounding underprivileged areas attend weekly lessons at the Music Centre where they receive individual lessons on their respective instruments as well as group theory classes, ensemble, and music appreciation classes. Instruments offered are recorder, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone. Where needed, instruments are provided for by the Music Centre. Once the learners are able to play their instruments at a suitable level they join the Hugo Lambrechts Junior Symphony Orchestra, conducted and managed by Mr Charl Clayton. Learners are provided the opportunity to partake in yearly Unisa practical and theory examinations by way of sponsorship through the Unisa Music Foundation and the Hugo Lambrechts Music Trust. If the learners are of an appropriate standard they are afforded the opportunity to compete in eisteddfodau and music competitions such as the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Youth Music Competition.
Students from the following five partner schools make up the Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme:
Kalksteenfontein Primary School
Matroosbergweg Primary School
Riebeekstraat Primary School
Silversands Primary School
Rosendal 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.