The Centre is very grateful for the sponsorship of Anglo-American,
who until 2002 made this programme possible. Funding is
now required for the maintenance of the Music Project.
Since 1975 a weekend programme of instrumental and African
music has led to the creation of a number of soloists and
musical groups:- A string and woodwind orchestral group,
a jazz group, a marimba group. All these groups perform
publicly from time to time and are much appreciated musical
ambassadors of St Francis.
The Music School’s courses include theory and tuition
on instruments ranging from piano, guitar, cello, violin,
trumpet, flute, clarinet and drums to traditional African
instruments like marimbas as well as orchestral arrangements
and performance. The St Francis Music Project has successfully
admitted approximately eighty (80) learners annually, all
at different levels of ability, who are taught for 6 hours
each week. The project owes its continued existence to
generous funders over the years and the dedication of the
project co-ordinator Gavin Coppenhall and his staff.
A new development is the making of a CD by past learners
of the St Francis Music Schools Marimba Group. The Music
project can be seen to be very successful due to the strong
desire of the students to become musicians, and the quality
of the teachers. The five music teachers are highly qualified,
and have both skill and experience, combined with an ability
to teach seriously yet with a sense of enjoyment, to make
the project what it is.
Two aspects of the St Francis Music Project, worth emphasising
are that, each learner spends at least an hour a week learning
the Theory of Music. Secondly, learners are encouraged
to perform in public in order to provide them with valuable
experience and enhance their communication and stage skills.