Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Tallis Scholars to give concert in aid of Muze Trust

2:15, 23rd February 2018

The Tallis Scholars will give a concert in support of The Muze Trust at St John’s Smith Square on Holy Saturday (31 March).

The charity, which provides music initiatives for deprived children and adults in Zambia, was set up in 2012. Peter Phillips, director of the Tallis Scholars, is one of its original trustees.

There is currently no specialised programme for aspiring music teachers in Zambia, little support for music leaders in the capital Lusaka and rural areas and few formal opportunities for children to come together and develop their music marking. It also came to the attention of the Trust that parts of Zambia’s rich musical tradition were being lost due to lack of notation skills amongst otherwise highly talented music leaders.

The Muze Trust has been establishing schemes that will fund professional musicians to visit Zambia to provide teacher training through mentor-led workshops and support the development of outreach workshops for children. The money raised from the Trust pays for professional musicians from the UK to travel to Lusaka and the surrounding villages every year. During these visits, children and music leaders are taught to read and write music. The Trust also places great emphasis on a two-way dialogue and promotes the exchange of musical traditions and ideas.

Peter Phillips and the Tallis Scholars hope the concert will raise awareness of the charity. They will also be donating the profits of the concert, plus a collection at the end, to the charity.

This concert is part of the Holy Week Festival, curated by St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae. The programme comprises works by Victoria, Guerrero and Lobo, culminating in Victoria’s Requiem.

Peter Phillips said: ‘I am thrilled to be able to highlight the fantastic work of The Muze Trust – I hope our concert will increase the awareness of the important role this charity plays in developing musical education in Zambia.’

Tickets cost £14-£35.


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