Dower DCAP Advisory Fund Donation

A huge thank you to Rob and Liesel Dower for their very generous and unrestricted donation to Beau Soleil Music Centre, which was enabled by the Dower DCAP Advisory Fund.

With the funds we were able to do much needed and long-overdue renovations to our bathrooms and kitchen area. The loft was renovated to create an FET teaching room with sound equipment, digital piano and a projector and screen. We were also able to add a shed for the bins and garden implements and last but not least, we were able to realize a long-held dream of buying a grand piano for the Main Hall!

Mr and Mrs Dower, you have literally made our dreams come true and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Donation in Memory of Pat Ellis

We would like to thank Mrs Joan de Castro for her generous donation to Beau Soleil Music Centre from the estate of her aunt, Pat Ellis. This donation of R38 000 has enabled us to do much needed maintenance on our ‘fleet’ of pianos, as well as to sponsor the instrument hire of a disadvantaged learner. Thank you so much for your kind generosity! 

Pat Ellis was generous and quirky, loved bargains, church music and compiling strange (but delicious) meals. She stood against injustice and quietly helped and blessed those who crossed her path.

Staff Recital November 2018

Sandra Kettle-Loubser (piano) hosted a staff concert on Wednesday 28 November 2018 here at the Beau Soleil Music Centre. 

 

Sandra was accompanist as well as solo performer and was joined by staff members: Merlin Macdonald (trumpet), Angus Petersen (trombone), David West (percussion). Past students Catherine Stephenson-Timm (flute) and Shaun Moir (tuba) were invited to perform as well as present student, Isaac van der Merwe (cello) whose own composition ‘Song for Words’ was debuted.

 

Blue Heritage Plaque Award

The unveiling of the Blue Heritage Plaque awarded to Beau Soleil Music Centre by the Simon van der Stel Foundation for the architectural significance of the building, took place at the end-of-term ensembles concert on Sat 24 Nov. Present at the unveiling were Sigi Howes from the Centre for Conservation Education and co-ordinator for the  Blue Plaque Schools Project, Ian Pretorius (Chairperson Simon van der Stel Heritage Foundation), Keith Martin (Adjudicating committee member) and Redewan Larney (Chief Education Specialist of the WCED). The wording on the Plaque is: “Awarded to Beau Soleil Music Centre for this architecturally significant neo-Gothic mansion, built in 1877 as a private residence”. More information on the history of the Beau Soleil House can be found on our website using this link.