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2017_ISCM - SOUTH AFRICA 

 
 

Annual Report

  • Year: 
    2017
  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    The year 2016-2017 is a year of change which is to continue through next year. We have now come to a significant turning point where we need to look at how many people we need on the board; how we are to structure the future board and what events we will be in place for 2017-2018.

    The two major issues affecting NMSA this year have been:

    1. Reduction of board members, notably our chairman Mr Jiba S. Xulu, our Secretary Ms Carina Ventor and our Soundings and SANME co-ordinator, Dr Marietjie Pauw. In addition, our previous chairman, William Fourie, has resigned from the board.
    2. Reduction in funding, primarily due to NAC not renewing their offer of funding for this year’s activities.

    The resignation of Jiba Xulu has also compromised the Indaba, originally to be curated by him in Grahamstown. We are therefore extremely grateful to Douglas Scott for taking over the reins and, on a limited budget, rearranging for the Indaba to take place Pretoria. He has done a great job and we wish to offer our sincere gratitude.

    The resignation of Marietjie Pauw was mainly due to limited funding, preventing her from being able to continue her services as Soundings co-ordinator. Also, the South African New Music Ensemble (SANME) is largely disbanded as the ensemble members were scattered all over the country and had little opportunity to get together.

    Despite these set-backs, the remaining board members are determined to keep NMSA going. We recognise that now is the opportunity to welcome new board members so that positive decisions can be made about the future of the organisation.

    Annual Bulletin: Aidan Erasmus is once again editor of this year’s NMSA bulletin, with the help of Coila-Leah Enderstein who is co-editor for this year. Last year, Aidan addressed the backlog of publications by successfully publishing two issues, and has now produced our current issue for 2017.

    ISCM: We successfully entered six scores to the ISCM, for selection by their panel of judges. The final selection was a solo piano piece by Maike Watson called Prälüd, and this was performed at the ISCM’s World Music Days in Vancouver, Canada, which took place between 2 to 8 November 2017. Unfortunately, neither Maike, nor any NMSA representative, were in a position to attend this year’s event. It is hoped that this can be remedied next year.

    We have already put out a call for scores for next year’s World Music Days and a panel of judges has been drawn from the current board members. They will study the submitted scores and select 6 most suitable scores for submission to the ISCM by 31 December 2017. The event will be held in Beijing, China, during 19 to 26 May 2018.

    Visby: The requirement this year was for us to send just one person to Visby International Centre for Composers. For this, Diale Mabitsela was chosen. This event took place from 19 September to 15 October with funds provided by SAMRO. We expect to receive a report from Diale soon.

    Indaba 2017: As previously stated, this has had to be moved to Pretoria and took place between 10 to 12 November 2017. This year saw a wide range of diversity from ‘speaking pianist’ – a performance of Frederic Rzewski’s ‘De Profundis’, performed by Joanna Wicherek from Poland – to traditional South African songs performed by Cora-Mari van Vuuren and Loveline Madumo. This year’s event was on a relatively small scale, but it was able to include at least 4 first performances. In addition, videos provided by two composers were shown publically for the first time, as well as a video taken from the 2014 Unyazi in Johannesburg.

    Besides live concerts, an art installation was given by Tshidzo; a children’s workshop was featured and, at the same time, the adults enjoyed a talk on ‘Dwelling in Dissonance’. A further talk/discussion was presented that related to the piano recital given by Benjamin Fourie.

    NMSA Website: Our website has changed significantly, providing us with a new look. The site includes a blog to which any member may contribute. It is admitted that more needs to be added, but it is hoped that the site will offer greater opportunities for discussion with our members.
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    Looking ahead, we now need to focus on how the new board will plan for events in 2018. Priority must be given to funding to ensure continued success. We must also focus on increased diversity of styles – key to the music of our century – and diversity of race and gender, not only for our board members, but for our membership as well. We need to be more in touch with our members and encourage a platform for them to make further suggestions.

    In summary, we have done what we can to maintain the important events during 2017, despite the setbacks. I am confident that, with new board members, we can build on our strengths during the year ahead. I wish the organisation well for the future.

    Malcolm Dedman

    Acting Chair of the Board of NewMusicSA

 

 

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