The Muze Trust aims to facilitate at least one trip to Zambia every year. Occasionally, this involves a whole Choir as in 2017, but most of the time it involves small groups led by one of the Trustees of the Muze Trust, working in communities with which we have developed strong links over the years.
Muze Trust Summer Programme 2019
This summer, Muze supported 4 young musicians who visited Zambia to exchange ideas and learning strategies with Zambian musicians.
One of our participants, Belle Allan, speaks of her experience:
This summer, the Muze Trust took me and three other talented women to Zambia. While we were there we taught notation in Mukuni village, vocal technique to church choirs in Livingstone and worked with peripatetic music teachers in Lusaka, discussing teaching methods and professional etiquette, as well as much more. Most days we went into various schools working with children and teachers, introducing basic music education, and simple musical ideas, such as singing in the round and clapping different rhythms within a four-beat cycle. Through this practical music making, music education is made fun and accessible to children of all ages and circumstances.
Through this incredible experience I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful and passionate people; such as Owen, who runs an Orphanage in Livingstone, which sends all of its children to the attached school. Kathy has dedicated her life to helping people with leprosy and runs a charity which helps funds education in rural villages outside Lusaka. Gift was our wonderful tour guide and friend while we were in Livingstone. He not only organised our itinerary while in Mukuni village (where he is from) but also put us in touch with other schools, orphanages, and churches in Livingstone, so that we could do as much work as possible in our short time there. One of the things which surprised me most when we were out there is how generous and helpful the people are and without the help of local people in both Livingstone and Lusaka, we never would have been able to achieve so much in such a short space of time.
Some of the most rewarding moments were when schools which had been previously taught by the Muze Trust had retained the songs they had learnt and subsequently taught these songs to younger years. The precious few hours we spent with them are some of the most memorable and uplifting days for these children and young adults, who often are double orphans, suffer from HIV and who only have one solid meal a day.
It is clear that the work we do is highly appreciated by the people we work with and it would be an honour to go back and work with them again.
You can see some photos from the 2019 trip below! Whilst the 2020 trip was not possible due to the Pandemic, we are hoping to run another trip soon.
Muze Trust Summer Programme 2018
In 2018, the Muze Trust supported 4 young musicians in a trip led by trustee Anna Lapwood.
The first couple of days were filled with leading workshops for praise teams and Choirs in Livingstone; below you can see the Choir of St Augustine singing a piece they had only started learning the day before. The group then relocated to Mukuni Village where they taught notation workshops at the music centre erected by the Butterfly Tree Charity.
Following a week in Livingstone, the group made the 8-hour coach journey to Lusaka. Day 1 was spent teaching the 7th grade students at St Matthias Community School in the Ng'ombe compound before seeing where the children lived. The group then went to Boabab College, leading music workshops for a whole range of ages and talking to the older students about GCSE music. The end of the week was spent at the Ngome Dolce music academy running piano masterclasses, helping out with ensembles and answering questions about teaching from the staff at the academy. One of the greatest joys of the trip was being reunited with our friend Chrispin, a wonderful Zambian tenor who we first made contact with in 2017. You can see an impromptu garden performance of 'Nessun Dorma' below…!
Muze Trust Summer Programme 2015
Summer 2015 saw two young musicians musicians – Rachel Ambrose Evans and Timothy Keasley – spend two weeks in Zambia supporting music leaders and music teachers, as well as running outreach workshops. As part of our ongoing collaboraton with The Butterfly Tree Rachel and Tim spent six days working with music leaders and children in Mukuni village. Morning sessions were devoted to equipping music leaders with a basic form of notation to compose new songs for youth choirs, as well as create a written record of music currently performed. Rachel and Tim then spent a week working with teachers and students at the Ngoma Dolce Music Academy in Lusaka. Sessions were given on pedagogical theory to support the training of the teachers and instrumental workshops were conducted to prepare a short performance to parents at the end of the week. Another part of this trip involved a visit to Misisi village to led a pilot outreach project. To read more about the trip, see Rachel and Tim's blog.
Muze & Estelle Trust Summer Programme 2014
Following a call for applications, the Muze and Estelle Trusts part-funded two students from Oxford (Steven Doran and Anna Lapwood) and two students from Cambridge (Alex Woolf and Max Cockerill) with strong musical backgrounds to visit Lusaka between over August and September.
The students spent their time in Lusaka assisting with music lessons at the Ngoma Dolce Music Academy and running music outreach workshops in schools nearby, including the Mulele Mwana ('Look after the Child') Community School. In the middle of the programme the students were joined by William Ham of the Estelle Trust who coordinated a visit to Kachele village a village a couple of hours drive from Lusaka and founded by the Zambian charity National Agenda for Social Advancement. After an overnight stay in the village, the students, accompanied by William Ham, visited the Natemwa village school. About an hour of vocal warm-ups were conducted during the assembly, split between each student. This was followed by a series of half-hour sessions given to each of the six classes, offering a range of subjects including rhythm, vocal tuition and the use of expression and emotion. The day ended with an exchange of songs being sung, two from the school itself and a moving performance of a William Byrd motet by our students.
During their visit, the students also performed in a concert at the Zambian Farmers' Union both promote the works of the Trusts and the music academy, as well as to raise funds for the academy.
The programme was a great success and our thanks go to all at the Estelle Trust, the Ngoma Dolce Music Academy, and above all to the students to their support, energy and enthusiasm.