Bank Windhoek funds musical development workshop
15 February 2021 | Art and Entertainment
In collaboration with the Namibia Music Ensemble, Bank Windhoek will host a music development workshop from 16 to 23 February in Windhoek.
Known as the Voice Masterclasses, the workshop, an introduction to classical singing, will take place at the College of the Arts (Cota) from 17:45 to 19:00.
Summaries of the workshops will be available online once a day after each session is concluded.
Namibia Music Ensemble founder Galilei Njembo; former conductor of the award-winning and internationally recognised Cota Youth Choir Fanie Dorfling, and voice lecturer and classical singing specialist Hermien Coetzee will facilitate the masterclasses.
“We will teach participants classical vocal techniques,” Njembo said.
Promoting classical music
The masterclasses will focus on promoting classical music in Namibia by offering a series of five classical voice training and choral workshops, and will conclude with a collaborative musical performance between participants and professional Namibian classical musicians.
The concert will premiere online on Friday, 26 February, at 19:00.
“Ultimately, the concert allows musicians from various backgrounds to unite, collaborate and showcase Namibian talent,” Njembo said, adding that the concert will premiere Ovaherero neo-classical composition and popular operatic selections.
An aspiring opera singer from Windhoek, Njembo is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in voice music performance at the McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
His classical singing career began in 2016 with Coetzee at Cota. He has also been a regular soloist, sharing the stage with the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra (NNSO) at annual baroque and concerto festivals since 2017.
Njembo has sung as the tenor soloist in both the Haydn Missa Nikolai and Vivaldi’s Magnificat in 2019, accompanied by the NNSO and the Cota Youth Choir of Namibia. In 2019, he received Cota’s prize of excellence award.
For more information, contact Njembo at 081 889 9576 or via [email protected]