Those who sing together grow together. We began our choir with the Winter Workshops when the theme was Imagination – but we never imagined how important it would become.
On Saturday 20th October, we had another Sing and Story workshop, where we started a project that will bring music and stories together in the children’s imagination. It’s a new concept for them … and is going to take work. But they listened, and they came up with some good ideas, in group work and in written sessions as well.
But the real task was to rehearse for a performance that will take place on Thursday with other organizations working with children and culture in the Stanford-De Kop region.
We are so fortunate to have both Vuyokazi Size and her husband, Phumlani, as choir leaders. While the children were having their snack, spontaneous singing happened in the piano room, with Nash Makwarimba picking out a tune and both Vuyo and her husband breaking into the most beautiful song. It was a skin-tingling moment. These two can make serious music. We also enjoy (and the children enjoy more) the vigorous clapping games supported by Phumela Asande. These form the warm up ice breakers as well as a significant part of our musical activities.
We also have more volunteers lined up from the community in De Kop – and we hope for more from Stanford South. This is an important moment for CBN as we are about to join hands with others who work with ‘our children’ to improve, increase and expand our input.
Our thanks to:
National Lotteries Commission for funding our organization’s operational costs
Butterfly Centre for allowing us to use their school out of school hours.
The Paddy and Sue Kell Family Trust for funding our workshops and toolboxes.