The CP Rural Engagement Programme was established in 2008, in the Overberg, in response to a request by the WC Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), to address lack of formal music education in the region. It has expanded since then and includes West Coast, Mamre, Kleinmond etc.
Handevat Music Project
About: NPO, which draws music students from Kleinmond and Hangklip; offers classes, ensembles and music concerts. Practical music training is offered by teachers in the area and with teaching assistants drawn from the community. Partnership established with CP in 2019.
Social Impact: Handevat has access to workshops, concerts, and CP teaching material. Music Department graduates currently employed in programme.
Overberg Koperblaasontwikkelingsprojek (OKOSI)
About: Initiated by Shaun Cloete of Genadendal, who started playing in the Genadendal Brass Band in 1975. His concern for the youth of Genadendal and other rural villages and towns in the Overberg, acted as the catalyst for the establishment of OKOSI – the Overberg Brass Band Development Initiative.
Social Impact: Following schools are included in this project: Emil Weder High School, LR Schmidt (Mor.), Greyton, Riviersonderend and Teslaarsdal Primary Schools. Many of the learners who initially started the project are now at high school and have continued being members of the project. The project leader, Shean Cloete is a former student in the CP, and learners at OKOSI participate in performances, workshops etc. of the CP.
Liron School of Arts
About: Formerly, the Mamre School of Music, name now Liron School of Arts as includes all Arts. Was established by former CP student and graduate from the Music Department, Ash-lee Louwskieter. Provides training in music, art, dance and production.
Social Impact: Music tuition offered in a community where no or little access to formal music education; Jazz Band established. Former CP student, who was formerly a fitter and turner, enrolled in CP to upgrade music literacy skills and continued with a Diploma at the Music Department, SU.
Facebook video links:
“Bra Ash on the Move”: https://www.facebook.com/374132823047500/videos/369499193925894/
Jazz Band (Locals and visitors from Germany): https://www.facebook.com/374132823047500/videos/2775952792423705/
“Web Wednesdays during lockdown”: https://www.facebook.com/374132823047500/videos/337998280490761/