after our summer break a lot of new activities will happen at Kinshasa:
First sad message is, that the German ambassador, Dr. Peter Blomeyer, and his wife Sabine have to leave the Kongo. After three years of wonderful work at this special place, the foreign office sends them into another country.
Since Mrs. Blomeyer has spent a lot of time teaching lovely the musicians of the OSK, especially the kids, all are very sad about her parting.
All other news are totally positive:
To deepen all existing helping contacts and to bring new supporter togehter, Mr. and Mrs. Blomeyer have organized a concert of the OSK for all EU ambassadors on sunday, 16.09. at the „salle de fete“.
The new culturale attache of the german embassy, Mr. Berkemeier, has already assured a long-term support of our work. We already met him and are very happy about his open and helping mind. The big farewell- concert of the OSK and the choir will be on the 3. Okt. at the german embassy.
Our next workshops for the musicians oft he OSK will take place in october and november 2012.
15 professionell musicians of the WDR (west german radiostation) will travel to Kinshasa in three groups:
First group will concentrate on teaching the wind players.
Second group will work with the choir and third group will teach the strings..
A violin builder is travelling within the third group and will help learning to fix damages of the instruments.
Each of us will stay at Kinshasa about two weeks.
All of us have the same request: we want to share our professionell knowledge to help our friends discovering and accomplishing the whole richness of music.
Armand Dinagienda, the founder and conductor oft he OSK, is working porpuseful for our common aim to build a music school. He also is finding local sponsors. Togehter we move up forward step by step to collect all the money, which is necessary to start the school.
Besides the workshops at Kinshasa, our team is working diligent to collect new scores and instruments for the OSK. Also two different forms of tours are planned with congolese and german musicians.
One tour through the Kongo and one tour to Europe.
Details about these ideas will be told in one of our next reports.