When the organizers were planning A Night at the Opera, they presumed that they would have the usual ‘challenge’ selling tickets in the very busy London social scene as well as among the overstretched traditional support base for fundraising events to benefit organisations in South Africa. However, based on the strong following of the immensely talented baritone, Njabulo Madlala and award winning fellow South African pianist, Terrence Marais, all tickets were sold out within four days of a brief ‘hold the date’ email. Jointly arranged to benefit Breadline Africa, Rhodes University Trust UK, and Amazwi Omzansi Africa, the evening was an outstanding success.
As a result, another, larger concert has been planned for 4th November (Bookings: email@example.com).
A Night at the Opera was enhanced by the remarkable setting of Leighton House Museum, Holland Park. The eclectic decor of the magnificent former home and studio of Lord Leighton, worked well for the varied programme ranging from Terrence Marais’ enthralling rendition of Rachmaninov’s Prelude in G minor, Op23, Njabulo Madlala’s powerful and varied arias from Gershwin to Bizet as well as his mix of traditional South Africa folk songs. Rhodes University graduate, Terence, Njabulo and his accompanist, Royal Academy of Music Associate, William Vann, all held the audience enthralled.
Patron of the evening, Dr Geoffrey de Jager, Head of the Rhodes University Trust UK and event Chairwoman, Louise Seligman (Breadline Africa, Chairwoman), hosted a champagne reception prior to the concert, giving guests the opportunity to view the venue’s magnificent art collection.
Proceeds from the evening, including a small auction, were equally divided among the three organisations.
Breadline Africa converts, equips and places shipping containers in impoverished areas as libraries, classrooms, community kitchens, educare centres and ablution blocks. The organisation has waiting lists for its containers, particularly as 80% of schools in South Africa do not have functioning libraries.
The Rhodes University Trust raises funds to help talented school leavers, for whom poverty would otherwise have prevented a tertiary education, to enroll at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, in any of its six faculties.
Amazwi Omzansi Africa – Voices for Africa – enables gifted young South Africans to audition for sought after bursaries to the UK and Europe’s top institutions such as the Guild Hall and the Royal College of Music.
To book your tickets for the 4th November show please email firstname.lastname@example.org.