Recently, the boards of the newly launched Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra (Mzansi NPO) and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (ECPO) held a very productive meeting and resolved to work together for the advancement of music in the Eastern Cape.
Speaking on behalf of the ECPO, Professor Erik Albertyn said “The board of the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra share the ideals, vision and mission of Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra, and appreciate this entity as an important national asset”.
Professor Albertyn added “We are delighted that 75% of the budget of Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra will be utilised for artistic programmes and also benefit regional orchestras in a significant way and will have a positive impact throughout South Africa”.
Professor Muxe Nkondo, speaking on behalf of the board of Mzansi NPO said “Mzansi NPO is committed to working with regional orchestras and other institutions on various levels, but most importantly, to implement the national development programmes in order to help transform the orchestral sector”.
Prof Nkondo, emphasised, that “There will be no duplication in the programmes of Mzansi NPO, instead, the commitment is to introduce orchestral programmes where they do not exist and help enhance them in provinces where there is already a strong orchestral presence”.
Top young South African violinist, David Bester, a senior lecturer of music at Nelson Mandela University and the Concert Master of the Eastern Cape Philharmonic said, “The prospect of more opportunities and, importantly, resources made available to artists and regional orchestras through the Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra in a way that would improve the stability and long-term viability of these organisations, is one that is welcomed.”
Bongani Tembe, speaking on behalf of the management of Mzansi NPO, said. “The joint meeting between Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra was held in a transparent and consultative manner. Going forward, the orchestras will now develop an MOU which will regulate and coordinate their relationship”.
Finally, both Orchestras thanked the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture for making a significant investment that will contribute to the growth and sustainability of the orchestral sector throughout South Africa.