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Symphony Orchestra trip to Greyton/Genadendal Classics for all Festival

The Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra participated in the annual Classics for all Festival in Greyton and Genadendal from 19 to 21 May 2017 for the third consecutive year.

The excited orchestra members left for Greyton on 19 May. The next morning, event organiser Mr Coenie Visser warmly welcomed the orchestra members at the Dutch Reformed Church. Mr Liam Burden’s appearance at the venue was a pleasant surprise.

SymphonyConducted by Ms Suzette Britz, the orchestra played a special performance for children in which Ewald Diedericks and Bjorn Lawson narrated a Teddy Bear story, written by Ms Rina Schutte, to music. Ms Charlene Saayman then educated the children on the different musical instruments that are played in a symphony orchestra.

That afternoon, orchestra members were invited to attend free performances in which some of the Music Centre teachers played. These were:

  • Composer Dr Anthony Costandius’s new satirical opera, ‘The Tragic Tale of Torbalan and De Oude Rode Ogen’, for violin (Ms Valentina Koleva-Voster) and double bass (Roxane Steffen).
  • Dr Costandius’s new minimalistic, expressionistic work, ‘Some rooms in an empty house’, for violin (Ms Koleva-Symphony2Voster and Ms Maretha van der Walt), viola (Mr Jan-Hendrik Harley), cello (Ms Cheryl de Havilland) and piano (Mr Albert Combrink). Dancers joined the ensemble in this work.
  • Ms Schutte performed in the concert, Mix Tape. Ms Magdalene Minnaar started this fresh project a few years ago where South African composers and arrangers collaborate with local artists. In this specific concert, a string quartet performed the works of rock bands Radiohead, Portishead and Coldplay, arranged by South African composers. The quartet was Ms Veronica Bell (violin), Ms Nicole de Oliveria (violin), Mr Emile de Roubaix (viola) and Ms Schutte (cello).
  • On Sunday morning Ms Annien Shaw led the Camerata Tinta Barocca in a concert of Early English Keyboard Concerti. The director, Mr Erik Dippenaar, featured as soloist and performed works by James Hook (1746-1827), Handel (1685-1759), Hayes (1708-1777) and Stanley (1712-1786). The concert was performed on a collection of period instruments and also featured the premiere of Dippenaar’s own composition, Concerto in G major.

That evening, the orchestra left for Genadendal where the members played in the gala concert in the Moravian church. They accompanied four opera singers.

The event was a great success, ending with a strong encore. There was a request from the soloists to perform the same concert in the Hugo Lambrechts auditorium.

To view photos of the weekend, please visit our Facebook page.


 

Uit Die Kantoor

Die ander dag was daar ‘n ouer in my kantoor wat my so terloops gevra het of dit waar is dat ek Berg Kilimanjaro geklim het, en of dit ‘n fabel is. Ek het hom toe verseker dat dit regtig waar is – en dat ek ook drie Comrades en drie Twee Oseane Ultramarathons voltooi het. Dit was, om presies te wees, vroegoggend op 2 Januarie 2003 toe ek die spits bereik het – na ‘n harde, uitmergelende klim van ‘n paar dae in glibberige modder, gietende reën en sneeu teen duiselende hoogtes uit wat ‘n konstante naarheid veroorsaak het. Ons tente was nie waterdig nie en alles – van my slaapsak tot handdoek en sokkies – het nat geword en nat gebly.

Kilimanjaro and Comrades taught me that a perfect performance requires the right equipment and peaking at the right time through proper planning, preparation and perseverance. These lessons eventually impacted my teaching, management and research practices in the following years and enabled me to achieve my personal and professional dreams over the past few years.

Dis sowat ses weke sedert ek by Hugo Lambrechts begin werk het as prinsipaal. En weereens het ek gevind dat die geduld en uithouvermoë wat ek iewers op Kilimanjaro, en oppad tussen Pietermaritzburg en Durban aangeleer het, my deurdra. Ek moes tot dusver ‘n onvoorsiene mediese krisis, inbraak, dreigende munisipale boetes, personeelskommelinge, dooie bome wat omwaai en ‘n dak wat wil ineenstort, afweer.

However, if I look back I also see a vista featuring a high-performance team consisting of hard-working educators, innovative office staff, dedicated assistants and enthusiastic pupils. On our news page, you can read of their recent achievements. You will see articles about our learners conquering major South African music competitions, the recent victory of the symphony orchestra in Bratislava, staff members tying the knot and others pursuing academic careers. You can also stay updated about developments in the different instrumental departments, and read about our top learners who were acknowledged at our annual Prestige Concert where Qden Blaauw was awarded the accolade as Student of the Year.

Enjoy!
Arisa Voges


 CONCERTO FESTIVAL 2016

Concerto Festival 2016 was one of the highlights of the 30th anniversary celebration year at the Music Centre. Twelve talented young soloists were selected from 58 entries after national auditions. Audience members were in for a treat right from the start, as they enjoyed some bubbly upon arrival to set the tone for this nearly sold-out performance.

Die jongste solis, Jaden van Balla – net 8 jaar oud – het die program afgeskop. Uitvoerings deur Jordan Brooks (12), algehele wenner van verlede jaar se SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy Nasionale Musiekkompetisie, asook oud-leerling Jeffrey Armstrong (19), algehele wenner van die Artscape Nasionale Jeugmusiekkompetisie 2014, was van die hoogtepunte van die aand. Louis Nel (16), wat vanjaar die algehele wenner van die Hennie Joubert Klavierkompetisie was, het ook die gehoor betower met sy klavierspel.

The Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre was represented by Roshnay Britz (alto saxophone), Kylie de Wet (clarinet), Liam Slabbert (bassoon) and Jaden van Balla (piano).

The Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Liam Burden supported each soloist with the necessary sensitivity and musical insight. A well-deserved standing ovation concluded the successful evening.


STAFF MATTERS

Thoughts of the staff and learners are with Mr Burden and his family as he recovers from a serious motorcycle accident. We kindly request that everyone keep the Burden and Lesch families in their thoughts and prayers as they so bravely face this severe trauma.

Past pupil and teacher, Ms Yvonne-Marie Brand, received her DMus degree on Friday 21 October 2016, thus becoming the first brass player to complete a DMus programme at a South African University. Dr Brand is currently the Head of Brass at North West University and Acting Director of the School of Music.

Dr Arisa Voges, our newly appointed principal, has also completed her PhD (Music) at the University of the Free State. Her graduation was on 8 December 2016. The inspiration for her research originated from her involvement with the Silversands Development project in 2006, when she was the Head of Woodwinds and the Silversands project leader. Refer to the letter by Mr Peter Kastoor.


BRASS DEPARTMENTAL CONCERT

The annual Brass Departmental Concert took place on 29 July 2016. The concert featured different ensembles and solo items, with the recently formed Silversands Brass Ensemble as one of the highlights.


SAMRO HUBERT VAN DER SPUY NATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION

Medal winnersThe SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition 2016 took place at theJaden v Balla & Prof vd Spuy Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium from 26 to 30 September. Eighteen learners from the Music Centre were selected to participate, and the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra opened the event. They performed Oblivion and Libertango by Piazzolla and Scene de Ballet by De Beriot, featuring the 2015 competition winner, Jordan Brooks, as soloist.

Qden Blaauw, Joshua Bogenhagen, Keon Müller, Pierre-Simon Rossouw, Liam Slabbert and Jaden van Balla were selected as semi-finalists. Keon Müller and Qden Blaauw competed in the final round on 30 September 2016. The following

Keon Muller & his teacher Charlene SaaymanHugo Lambrechts learners received prizes:

  • Tygerberg Prize: Qden Blaauw
  • Category Prize (Piano): Qden Blaauw (shared with Leo Gevisser)
  • Category Prize (Woodwinds): Keon Müller
  • Category Prize Runner-up (Woodwinds): Liam Slabbert
  • Most Promising Candidate 10 Years and Younger Runner-up: Jaden van Balla
  • Best Performance of a South African Work (second Prize): Qden Blaauw
  • Leon Hartshorne Prize: Qden Blaauw (shared with Leo Gevisser)
  • Qden Blaauw and Leo Gevisser were jointly awarded the Johanna van der Spuy Memorial Prize and the Gold Medal.

 


KAAPSE AFRIKAANSE EISTEDDFOD

Verskeie leerlinge het in 2016 aan die Kaapse Afrikaanse Eisteddfod deelgeneem en die volgende leerlinge het toekennings by die prysuitdeling op 14 Oktober ontvang:

  • Nina Cilliers: Silwer Medalje (Strykinstrumente 8jaar)
  • Jane Daniels: Silwer Medalje (Houtblaas 14jaar)
  • Berna-Lee Bezuidenhout: Silwer Medalje (Koperblaas 15-16jaar)
  • Jaydon Martin: Silwer Medalje (Koperblaas 15-16jaar)
  • Berna-Lee Bezuidenhout: Goue Medalje (Koperblaas Senior)
  • Jaydon Martin: Goue Medalje (Koperblaas Senior)
  • Hugo Lambrechts Senior Strings Goue Medalje (Senior Strykers)

Nina Cilliers (95%) en die Senior Strings (97%) het goue diplomas ontvang.


PIETER KOOIJ MUSIEKKOMPETISIE

Die finale rondte van die Pieter Kooij Musiekkompetisie het op 27 Augustus 2016 by Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck plaasgevind. Daar was aanvanklik 35 deelnemers, waarvan nege kandidate gekies was om in die finaal te speel. Die violis, Zoë Coetzee, was die algehele wenner en Sinead Symons (tjello) het die tweede plek behaal. Emilio February (slagwerk) het die prys vir die beste uitvoering prys van ‘n Barokwerk ontvang.


NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC COMPETITION 2016

The National Youth Music Competition took place at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre from 11 to 15 October 2016. The adjudicators were Tinus Botha, David Earl, Ella Fourie, Franklin Larey, Marian Lewin, Michael Maas, Kutlwano Masote, Vaughan Pietersen and Becky Steltzner.

Sixteen candidates were selected to participate in the first round: six pianists, four cellists, four wind instrumentalists and two in the category “Other Instruments”.

Three of the six finalists were Hugo Lambrechts learners: Emilio February (marimba), Lisa Britz (harp) and Hugo Lambrechts newcomer and student of Dr Voges, Cameron Williams (alto and soprano saxophone). Other finalists included Alexander Whitehead (cello), Iman Bulbulia (piano) and Nao Matsushita (piano). All finalists performed with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

The evening was dominated by South African composers’ works. Emile de Roubaix, guest artist and past pupil of the Music Centre, performed David Earl’s newly commissioned Viola Concerto. Emilio played the Concerto per Marimba e Orchestra d’Archi by Hendrik Hofmeyr. Cameron performed Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.

The Masote Prizes went to Caroline Robertson (Strings), Jean Botha (Winds), Colette du Toit and Annerike du Plessis (Piano) and the Shadow Jury Prize went to Jolandi Schaap (piano).

The other runners-up were Lisa Britz (Other Instruments), So Jung La (Wind Instruments) and Chris van Zyl (String Instruments). Iman Bulbulia received the category prize for piano with Nao Matsushita as runner-up. Matsushita was also the recipient of the prize for the best classical work by a pianist.

Alexander Whitehead walked away with the category prize for strings and the overall 2nd prize.

Emilio February received the Category Prize for Other Instruments, the prize for the best South African work in the second round (performing the work Stephanie by Peter Klatzow), and he received the overall 3rd prize.

Cameron’s excellent technical control and musicality contributed to a category prize for woodwinds, the Leon Hartshorne Prize for the best concerto and the overall 1st prize.

While the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra concluded the evening with the Kaiser-Waltzer by Johann Strauss II, the jury had the very difficult task of selecting the prize winners. The standard of the competition was extremely high and once again proved what dazzling talent we have in South Africa.


DYLAN TABISHER WINS SAMRO OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION FOR INSTRUMENTALISTS

The SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition is regarded as South Africa’s most prestigious music competition. Every two years the competition rotates between four different categories, namely: Composition, Instrumentalists, Voice and Piano. Each of these categories is divided into two sections, Western Art Music and Jazz. The competition took place in the Linder Auditorium at Wits University from 18 to 20 August 2016. Participants had to prepare two prescribed South African works which were premiered at the competition. These works were sent to the candidates two months in advance.

Dylan TabisherTwo past learners of Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre were selected to participate in the semi-final round, namely Dylan Tabisher (marimba) and Myles Roberts (flute), who is presently studying in Italy. The other candidates were Neil Robertson (flute), Tatiana Thaele (flute), Sally Minter (flute), and Matthew Lombard (saxophone). All of the candidates were accompanied by Elna van der Merwe.

Dylan Tabisher and Sally Minter were announced as the two finalists. After an exhilarating final round on 20 August, Dylan Tabisher was announced as the overall winner of the Western Art Music Category. Dylan received the overall prize as well as the prize for the best interpretation of a prescribed South African work, Clare Loveday’s Shadow Lines. He must use the prize money to fund further studies abroad.

The SAMRO competition has a long history at Hugo Lambrechts: three former learners of the Percussion Department have excelled. Magda de Vries was chosen as the overall winner of the competition in 1996, while Ilse Minnie progressed to the final round of the competition in 2008 and was chosen as the runner-up. Now, 20 years after Magda’s initial success, Dylan Tabisher has added his name to this illustrious list.


PRESTIGEKONSERT

Prestigekonsert trofee wenners Prestigekonsert Ursulene Davis en Janette HartshorneAl die prestasies wat in 2016 deur ons leerders behaal is, is by ons Prestigekonsert, wat 11 November plaasgevind het, beloon. Die glansaand is geopen met ‘n konsert aangebied deur ons toppresteerders, naamlik Lisa Britz (harp), die Hugo Lambrechts Saxofoonkwartet, Jaden van Balla (klavier), Liam Slabbert (fagot), Keon Müller (klarinet), Emilio February (marimba), Qden Blaauw (klavier) en oud-leerling Dylan Tabisher (marimba). Laasgenoemde was uitgenooi as ‘n alumni, aangesien hy die wenner van die SAMRO Oorsese Beurskompetisie was. Mnr Joey Moses, ‘n vakadviseur van die Wes-Kaap Onderwysdepartement, het die oorhandiging van die trofees behartig.

Die top leerlinge van die Ontwikkelingsprogram was as volg:

Silversands Primêr:  Ethan le Roux (klarinet)
Matroosbergweg Primêr: Hailey Tromp (viool)
Riebeeckstraat Primêr: Amy Vermaak (klarinet)
Laerskool Kalksteenfontein: Jared Afrika (saxofoon)
Rosendal Primêr: Ursulene Davis (tjello)

Beste vordering departementele trofees:

Houtblaas:  Nadia Pienaar (fluit)
Klavier: Jayden van Balla
Koperblaas: Berna-Lee Bezuidenhout (tromboon)
Strykers: Ethan Lawson (tjello)
Slagwerk: Anthony Watkins
Harp: Alyson Meintjes

Ensemble Trofee:
Hugo Lambrechts Saxofoonkwartet

Orkes Trofee:
Senior Strykorkes

Junior Trofee:
Qden Blaauw (klavier)

Departementele trofees:

Teorie: Kyle Benade
Houtblaas: Keon Müller (klarinet) en Liam Slabbert (fagot)
Klavier: Qden Blaauw
Slagwerk: Emilio February

Adopt-a Muzo-toekenning:
Keon Müller en Emilio February


Beste Konsertbywoningstoekenning:
Kyle Benade

Leon Hartshorne-toekenning:
Ursulene Davis

Trusttoekenning vir Uitmuntende Prestasie:
Lisa Britz

Parow Trofee:
Emilio February
PrestigekonsertStudent of the Year:
Qden Blaauw (piano)

The Student of the Year was Qden Blaauw. He has received numerous awards and what follows is only a selection of his accomplishments in 2016:

  • Winner of the Johann Vos, Piccolo Section;
  • Winner of the Tygerberg High School Mini Maestros Music Competition;
  • Gold medal and first prize at the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music; Competition, where he also won the Baroque prize and the second prize for a South African work and shared the Leon Hartshorne, Tygerberg, and Category prizes;
  • He was one of ten participants internationally chosen to participate in the Lang Lang Allianz Music Camp in Warsaw, Poland;
  • He also received master classes from Gloria Campaner, Luis Magalhaes, Nina Schumann, Liezel-Maret Jacobs, Martina Bauer, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy and Lang Lang.

ROYAL SCHOOLS RESULTS

Congratulations to the following learners who achieved distinctions in their 2016 exams:

  • Xavier Strydom (piano, grade 1)
  • Suzelle Breytenbach (piano, grade 4).

A special congratulations goes to Roslyn Bristow (clarinet, grade 4) who received 141/150. 


STRING ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL

The sold-out String Orchestra Festival 2016 was hosted by the Hugo Lambrechts String Department.

The atmosphere was festive and delightful, and the auditorium was filled with young musicians of all ages. The Beginner Strings, Young Strings, Junior Strings, Intermediate Strings, Senior Strings and the Hugo Lambrechts Development Ensemble were all part of the Festival. There were only two guest orchestras this year, the Beau Soleil Senior Strings, conducted by Marina Louw, and the West Coast Youth Orchestra from Langebaan, conducted by Carina Brown.

The programme was varied and included serious works such as Händel’s Concerto Grosso No. 1, Op. 6, and Mozart’s Divertimento in F. Popular pieces like Vangelis’s Chariots of Fire and the African Medley (arranged by Ms Schutte) were also performed, as well as Sway, Quando, Quando, and Paladio by Jenkins and Oblivion by Piazzolla.


BEGINNER STRINGS CONCERT

The Beginner Strings Concert 2016 took place on 1 November. The theme was Out of Africa and the stage was transformed into a tropical jungle.

Thirty-three dressed-up and enthusiastic beginners walked on-stage while the string teachers played Kwela tunes. Some beginners gave their first solo perfomances, while others were divided into groups of two to four and played in ensembles for the first time. After these items, the Beginner String Orchestra performed Ms Schutte’s African Medley arrangement, conducted by an ‘African leopard’ – or was it perhaps Ms Schutte herself?

The concert concluded with Hakuna Matata, also arranged by Ms Schutte and played by all the little animals on stage. Afterwards everyone enjoyed refreshments outside in the strings quad.


QDEN BLAAUW ATTENDS THE ALLIANZ JUNIOR MUSIC CAMP IN POLAND

Qden Blaauw, learner of Mr Goodall, was privileged to attend the Allianz Junior Music Camp in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2016. This camp offers pianists between the ages of 9 and 14 an opportunity to experience a week of immersion in musical activities, including masterclasses, performances and rehearsals with other pianists. The schedule of activities was punctuated by fun excursions in and around Warsaw.

The week-long camp included daily lessons from two professors at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich. It culminated in a very exciting final evening where each of the ten young and talented pianists on the camp performed to a sold-out Polish Theatre in Warsaw. They also received masterclasses from the acclaimed Chinese pianist, Lang Lang.

The entire week’s activities received extensive media coverage, from social media to television broadcasts, and exposed the participants to a wide international audience.


JOHANN VOS MUSIC COMPETITION 2016

The 26th anniversary running of the Johann Vos Piano Competition was held on 30 August 2016. The competition was expanded this year to include a wind category. The adjudicators for the final round were Dr Benita van Blerk, Mr Michael Maas and Ms Tertia Visser. Three Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre learners featured amongst the winners:

Piccolo category:
Winner – Qden Blaauw (piano)
Runner-up – Liam Slabbert (bassoon)

Junior wind category:
Runner-up – Gemma Crous (oboe)


HOUTBLAAS BEGINNERSKONSERT 2016

Beginner Woodwinds

Beginner Woodwinds 3Die Houtblaas Beginnerskonsert 2016 het in die Hugo Lambrechts Ouditorium op 24 November plaasgevind. Al die soliste was pragtig uitgevat in kostuums volgens die tema, Monsters Inc… (goed, maar miskien nie so pragtig nie!). Agter die verhoog was daar opgewonde, maar senuweeagtige leerders. Vir die meerderheid was dit hul eerste geleentheid om as soliste op te tree. Die Massa Blaasorkes het die program afgeskop met African Adventure gevolg deur The Monster Beginner Woodwinds 2Under the Bed en Crazy for Cartoons deur Sheldon. Daarna het elke ‘monstertjie’ geleentheid gekry om ‘n solo item te lewer. Dit was gevolg deur die Massa Blaasorkes wat die program afgeeindig het met A Rockin’ Christmas deur Murtha. Daar was pryse oorhandig aan Hayden Dreyer (beste kostuum), Ben Roelofse (beste verhoogpersoonlikheid) en Elena Monvoison (op 6-jarige ouderdom, die jongste solis). Die inkomste van die konsert is geskenk aan Die Burger se Kersfonds.


HUGO LAMBRECHTS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: IT IS NEVER TOO COLD TO ACHIEVE GOLD!

During its tour to Europe, the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre Symphony Orchestra (HLSO) received a gold medal (90%) at the International Festival of Advent and Christmas Music in Bratislava on Saturday, 3 December 2016. The competition, held in the Primatial Palace, is open to school choirs and school orchestras. Three other performances by the HLSO were given on the tour: the first, on 1 December, served as the opening of the Christmas Festival; the second provided an opportunity to perform with a choir and school orchestra from Bratislava; and the last performance was given in Kittsee, a small town about 50km from Vienna.

The tour group, which consisted of 42 learners and parents in addition to eight teachers from the Music Centre, departed on 30 November 2016 and returned on 12 December. The group visited Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Vienna. This wonderful experience was assisted by The Arena Group, who facilitated the best travel and accommodation during this life-changing experience.

Die volgende terugvoering is ontvang van Mnr Joseph Kastoor, pa en opvoeder, wat die Simfonie orkes vergesel het as eufoniumspeler:

Toe ek in 2006 as onderwyser van Laerskool Silversands as köordineerder van die eerste Ontwikkelingsprojek by die Musieksentrum Hugo Lambrechts begin het, het ek nooit kon droom dat ek so eendag een van my grootste drome sou verwesenlik nie. Ek was einde 2016 bevoorreg om met die Hugo Lambrechts Simfonie Orkes ‘n Europese toer mee te maak. Wat dit egter soveel meer spesiaal gemaak het, is die feit dat ek eerstens saam met my eie seun in dieselfde orkes kon speel. Ek was verder bevoorreg om die verhoog te deel met Shannon Scrimgeour, my oud-leerder van Silversands, wat as hobospeler van formaat sodoende haar merk gemaak het dat sy ten volle geborg was om die Europese toer mee te maak. Na aanleiding van haar absolute toewyding en musiekprestasies het Shannon na haar Silversands Laerskooldae ‘n beurs ontvang om haar hoërskoolloopbaan aan Tygerberg Hoërskool te voltooi.

Baie dankie aan Arisa Voges vir jou visie en dryfkrag agter die baie suksesvolle Silversands Ontwikkelingsprojek en jou onwrikbare geloof om, ten spyte van kinders se agtergrond, geleenthede te skep wat drome verwesenlik. Groot dank ook aan Leonore Ehlers, Liam Burden en al die personeel wat my ondersteun het en my laat glo het dat ek wel daartoe instaat is om ook my bydrae tydens die toer te kon lewer!

Watch this space for more detailed accounts of the learners’ experiences in Europe.


SELIM KAGEE

On 29 and 30 October 2016, our Senior Strings and members of the string staff had the wonderful opportunity to perform with Selim Kagee, a classical crossover singer, in his show East Meets West. The concert featured the Hugo Lambrechts Senior Strings, conducted by Riaan van Wyk, with a live band and choir. To add to the uniqueness of this occasion, a hint of India featured in the instrumentation: a bansuri flute, a sitar and a tabla was used to create this innovative fusion between East and West. The audience was treated to renditions of evergreen songs such as Wonderful Tonight, Surrender, O Sole Mio, and Can’t Help Falling In Love, as well as the title track of Selim Kagee’s debut album, Cry For Love.


OPEN LETTER TO SAY GOODBYE TO MS EHLERS

Dear Ms Ehlers

It is a great honour and a privilege to recognise you for all you have done for Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. Your legacy will continue to be felt in the corridors of the Centre for generations to come.

We are so grateful for the wonderful, energy-filled years you have committed to us. This gift of service should always be esteemed and remembered.

In working with and coming to know you, I have admired your tenacity, strength, boldness and bravery. You do not procrastinate and you execute decisions made with flair and precision.

I have watched you manage difficult situations with grace and humility, making an indelible impression on our lives. Although this is the end of your journey here, today marks the beginning of an exciting new journey for you elsewhere.

The Governing body wishes to thank you for the amazing work you have done as Director of the School and as teacher.

We will miss you dearly, but we wish you a continued beautiful quality of life, making new memories as you experience life to the full in a way only you can.

Continue to lift those with whom you come into contact as you have done for us.

With much love and warm wishes

Ms Helen Cyster
Chairperson: Governing Body
December 2016


OPEN LETTER TO WELCOME DR VOGES

Dear Dr Voges

The Governing body welcomes you in your position as Principal of Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. We are indeed honoured to have you at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. Please be assured of our full support as we govern and comply as a governing body 

You have steered this trying first term of 2017 in a focused, expert and professional manner – thank you! We wish you and your staff a blessed year and pray that you will not grow tired of rendering an excellent service from the heart.

With great admiration, to you and your staff!

Ms Helen Cyster
Chairperson: Governing Body
January 2017

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