Foundation Studio

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In August 2021, Cape Town Opera’s Youth Development and Education Department launched its Foundation Studio programme. The pilot study last year started with two pupils; we are very pleased to announce that this year the programme has expanded to seven high school learners! The learners, from Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Nyanga, are:

  1. Lilitha Nekhwevha
  2. Siphosethu Makalima
  3. Yongama Takane
  4. Nonelelwa Ntsamba
  5. Busanathi Dlabantu
  6. Zukisa Sotayisi
  7. Thandolwethu Longo

The teachers are Sipho Qabithole (assistant, translator and childminder), Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi (voice) and Adrie van der Dussen (music theory, keyboard skills and aural training).

Thanks to Silversea Cruises, the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the Rolf Nussbaum Foundation, Ian-Burgess Simpson Pianos and Credo Theory of Music (they gave us a discount and assisted with the couriering of all 35 kgs of books!) for their support of the programme.