THE GRAHAM & RHONA BECK DEVELOPMENT TRUST: MUSIC & DANCE
The Graham & Rhona Beck Development Trust (GRBDT) together with other role-players in the music arena established a music academy for the youth since public schools for the mainly previously disadvantaged do not accommodate music as a subject. Together with the financial assistance of the GRBDT the tuition in music includes: the teaching of various music instruments, music theory, forming of bands and district choirs and participation in concerts and festivals. Together with the establishment of the music school and academy, the need to also establish a prestige community youth choir was envisaged. In June 2014 local youth between the ages of 14-18 formed a community choir to showcase the vocal excellence of our area, develop constructive ways to use leisure time/counteract boredom, develop life skills, perform at social functions and participate in local competitions and fundraising events. The GRBDT supports the choirs by assisting with transport and practicing facilities. The Langeberg Ad Libitum Youth Choir and concert Band (towards which GRBDT sponsors R500K) have improved in leaps and bounds. The Ad Libitum Academy of Music’s Jazz Ensemble recently had the opportunity to perform at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town as part of the prestigious annual Cape Town Big Band Festival. They also had an opportunity to perform at the annual Achoired Taste showcase held in Cape Town alongside some of the best choirs in the country. Graham Beck Wines and the GRBDT were significant sponsors of this event. The Agapé dance group practices weekly and regularly performs at church and community functions. Participation in the dance group enhances character building, discipline, positive self-image and social behavior for these youngsters.