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On Sunday 31 August 2008 the Buskaid Ensemble will participate in a public concert commemorating 50 years of the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (OMT) to be held at another historic venue, the church of Regina Mundi , Moroka, Soweto. For the past six years the OMT has generously supported the tertiary studies of two Buskaid students at a leading UK music college. The Ensemble will perform music by the 18th century composer Chevalier St Georges, also known as the Black Mozart, and the concert starts at 15h00. 


On Sunday 7th September at 3.30 pm the Buskaid Intermediate Ensemble will be playing a programme of Jewish music at the Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre at the Great Park Synagogue, cnr Glenhove Road and 4th Street, Houghton. This concert will also feature three of Buskaid’s most advanced players who will perform solos by Bloch and Wieniawski. For more details please contact Hazel Cohen: (011) 728-8088 or (011) 728-8378.


On the afternoon of 28th September there will be an informal concert at the Buskaid Music School in Diepkloof, Soweto featuring twelve students who are taking Associated Board practical examinations. This year two students are sitting Diploma exams and will be performing major works from the mainstream string repertoire. We are hoping to offer our audience an African meal after this concert. Detail to follow.



We are very thrilled to have received a donation to Buskaid of £1,432 which was generated from an online X-Files Premiere tickets auction. Our warmest thanks to Gillian and all her supporters for this further very welcome support.


On Tuesday 12 August we received a memorable visit from the renowned conductor and motivational speaker Ben Zander, who gave a workshop for our students in front of a modest but very enthusiastic audience of Buskaid supporters in our music school in Soweto. Members of both the senior and intermediate ensembles responded very positively to Ben Zander’s mixture of musical inspiration and infectious humour. His visit was very kindly organised for us by Rita Meininghaus, in conjunction with Ivor Ichikowitz, Chairman of the Paramount Group.


On Sunday 17 August 2008, Leaders Unlimited – Korn/Ferry International hosted their sixth gala event in support of Buskaid. There was a private function, by invitation only, with special emphasis on honouring women in celebration of SA Women’s Day and took the form of a full-length concert by the Buskaid Ensemble at the historic Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication in Kliptown, Soweto. At the end of the concert, the joint CEO of Leaders Unlimited, Gusti Coetzer, presented Rosemary Nalden with a cheque for R175,000, a most generous contribution towards Buskaid's general operating costs.


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Future plans

New Zealand tour


In addition to the concerts we plan to present in 2007, we arevery much looking forward to touring New Zealand in December, as guests of Chamber Music New Zealand. Our last very successful NZ tour took place five years ago; this time our performances will be presented as part of a new series called Encompass: quality music from around the globe. Funds for this tour have been allocated from the NZ Government to complement those pledged by local event-sponsors and private donors.

New Website


Last, but by no means least, as a further celebration of ten extraordinary years, we are about to launch our new very funky website, designed by Aubrey Kurlansky, the London-based South African designer who is responsible for the artwork for both Buskaid Live! and Tshwaranang. We hope to have the site up-and-running in the next couple of weeks!


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Finally, we thank all of you for your continuing interest in and support of our organisation and its members, and look forward to seeing you at one or more concerts, here in South Africa, in the UK, or New Zealand in the course of this very exciting year.

Our warmest wishes to you all

Rosemary, and all the Buskaid students, trustees, teachers and administrative staff

Johannesburg June 2007