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Who are we?

The Hillbrow Music Centre was started in 1998 on behalf of the Outreach Foundation as part of the arts and culture program in response to the overwhelming need for extra-curricular activities after school and over weekends for children and youth. Due to the limited opportunities for music education in Hillbrow and the surrounding inner-city despite the obviously large and enthusiastic pool of talent in the area, the HMC primarily provide access to music education as an alternative after-school activity for children and youth in Hillbrow and the surrounding inner-city areas. The project aims to keep children and youth off the streets and provide them with activities that support their holistic development.

Experience has shown that learning to play an instrument and musical appreciation impacts on a child’s personal and socio-economic development. Whilst studying music, children/youth also learn logical thinking; develop their concentration skills; long-term memory and their coordination. The programme provides beneficiaries with the opportunity to discover their creative and artistic abilities: an opportunity that is not available to them in school. Added to this, concert performances provide the opportunity for beneficiaries to explore other places outside Hillbrow for a few hours and allow them to socialise with children from different socio-economic groups, this boosts their self-confidence. furthermore working in groups has shown that communication skills are enhanced in preparation for concerts. Participation is voluntary (usually with no parental encouragement) and the sheer number of applicants over the years is evidence of the community’s need for a music centre such as that provided by the Outreach Foundation.

What we offer

Tuition is currently offered in piano, violin, cello, trumpet, trombone, marimba, guitar as well as the recorder, saxophone and clarinet. Over 18-year-olds may register for; drums, electric bass, electric piano and marimba. Theory of music and music appreciation are offered as an integral part of the instrument study.The HMC provides both formal (instrument study and music theory) and informal (group work and workshops) music tuition to some 105 students by 8 qualified music tutors.

Requirements

Classes are held weekdays in the afternoons and on Saturday mornings. The students are also encouraged to participate in quarterly concerts giving them the opportunity to showcase their creative skills and development.There is no minimum age requirement to participate in the programme and very young students and other beginners are introduced to the basics of music appreciation on recorders in group-classes before choosing another instrument to learn. To be part of the music centre, a registration form should be completed. This can be done at Outreach Foundation’s reception.

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Our Goals

We strive to:

Promote cultural growth

Develop creative abilities

Boost memory and coordination

Provide a safe haven

Our Team:

Gerard Bester

-Programme Manager

Madoda Gxabeka

-Drum Teacher

Themba Moyo

-Marimba Teacher

Mubale Amisi

-Piano and Theory

Virginia Pilane

-Administration Assistant

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After School Dance Programme

Outreach Foundation is pleased to announce that we have offered alumni, Bigboy Ndlovu, a residency in our beautiful dance studio. As part of his residency he will conduct dance classes as part of the after-school programme and will conduct dance sessions at the Tswelopele Frail Care Centre in Hillbrow.

Bigboy first worked with the late Denny Dube and the 1st production he co-created and performed in was Under the Tree which performed at the EADS Festival and had performances at the Hillbrow Theatre. Since 2010 he has been a committed, focused and passionate participant. He remains loyal to the Outreach Foundation returning to volunteer on various productions. He also performed in We are Who We Are, which travelled to a children’s festival in Iran in 2013. Sadly, Bigboy was unable to go due to missing birth certificate papers. His continued participation in the project after this huge disappointment is testament to his commitment, resilience and dedication.

Bigboy proved his skills and commitment in many productions while participating in the Project. Highlights include working with Jean Paul Delore, French Theatre director who created a production, A Very Strong Present (2013), Sean Hart, French videographer and graffiti artist (2013), Lindiwe Matshkiza’s The Donkey Child (Bigboy was one of the puppeteers on the production who had the opportunity to travel to the National Arts Festival to meet the War Horse – 2014) and Dutch artists, Christiaan Bloem and Annemiek Funneman who created a children’s production, Maarten Mus, and performed at the National Arts Festival (Bigboy performed in the work as translator – 2014).

In 2014 he then performed in Nkosi uMzilikazi ka Mashobane, directed by Outreach Foundation facilitators, Gcebile Dlamini and Linda Mhkwanazi. In that same year he facilitated the Whitestone College (the school he studied drama group creating a dance focussed work,” Locked Down” for the Inner-City High Schools Drama Festival. The production was inspired by a dance work created and performed by Fana Tshabalala, which Bigboy saw at the NAF the previous year. He also performed in the work and was nominated for a Best Actor award.
In 2015, his matric year, he was not part of the programme and needed to focus on his studies. He was encouraged to apply to Moving into Dance training programme which he did and was accepted.

Gcebile Dlamini has invited Bigboy to work on three productions, My Silence is Talkative, Sounds Like You and Me and Twala. As stated above Bigboy generously volunteered to co-collaborate on these powerful productions. In 2017, Bigboy was invited to audition for a dance production, Hillbrowfication, choreographed by Constanza Macras and Lisi Esteras. This work, performed by participants, alumni and professional dancers (Dorky Park dancers), was first staged at the Hillbrow Theatre as part of the 30th anniversary of Dance Umbrella. It has since travelled to Germany, Italy and Spain. In 2018 he also took part in an Outreach Foundation collaboration at the My Body My Space Festival in Mpumalanga.

A most deserving candidate for a residency!

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Marimba

More marimba! The Outreach Foundation high school marimba programme is off to a good start! Centurion College preparing for their school open day!
Themba Moyo creating magic!

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Speech and Drama College visit

Thank you to the Speech and Drama College of South Africa for witnessing our work today! For reports, certificates and feedback!
A wonderful beginning to a new partnership for 2020.

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