Inspiring youth to perform

Michael Fouché

Strand High School matric pupil, Michael Fouché will be performing composer André Strijdom’s piano work, The Nebula at the Infinity Concert at Gordon’s Bay Primary School, at 7pm, on Saturday November 30.

Michael was inspired by his music-teaching grandmother who taught him and his twin brother.

When the family moved to the Helderberg five years ago, he struggled to get into a music class, but his perseverance paid off eventually, and when he started at Strand High School, he managed to persuade his teacher that he was good enough to take music as a subject, even though, apparently, he could not yet play a scale.

His passion and dedication have paid off, and now he is ready to take on Trinity Grade 7 music exams and apply to study music at Stellenbosch University.

Ilene Fourie, a 15-year-old Grade 9 pupil at Strand High School, will be singing soprano in the haunting piece, Miserere, written for solo voice, choir, strings, two pianos and flute.

She grew up with music in the house with both parents singing, and her mother is a former opera singer.

Even though Ilene sang in choirs from the age of 7, she only recently discovered her love of classical music and received 3 silver plusses at the Helderberg Eisteddfod this year

André discovered her at a concert at the school, and from next year he will be her vocal coach.

Entry costs R150 for adults and R100 for pensioners and children.

Tickets from Quicket or Whatsapp Ronell Erwee on 084 676 4901.