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Annual Report

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

    During this year, 2017-2018, the changes proposed during the previous year have continued. We plan to build on this and make NewMusicSA a true representation of the new music activities taking place in South Africa. Plans for 2018-2019 are underway but depends largely on there being funds available for expansion of the organisation.
    Funding has still been an issue for this year, but we have had a generous grant from SAMRO for this year’s Indaba, supported also by BASA (Business Arts South Africa). Support has also been given by the Nelson Mandela University in the form of providing us with their excellent auditorium and music suite and much administration and general support, all free to us.
    We would like to hold further events, such as our Soundings programme, but lack of funding has prevented us from continuing this year. We hope to resume Soundings and possibly other events during 2019.
    Whereas last year we were able to send one person to Visby International Centre for Composers, this has not happened this year.

    Annual Bulletin: François de Villiers is now the editor of this year’s NMSA bulletin, with the help of Malcolm Dedman and Douglas Scott who are co-editing. It is planned to issue this year’s bulletin, number 17, before the end of November.

    ISCM: We successfully entered six scores to the ISCM, for selection by their panel of judges. The final selection was a solo flute piece, Coquette, by John Simon and this was performed at the ISCM’s World Music Days in Beijing, China, which took place between 19 and 26 May 2018. The event was attended by John who has given us a full report of his experience there. Maike Watson submitted a piece as an individual (as the ISCM rules exclude submission by selected composers from the previous year), and the result was her VI Aphorisms for piano solo was performed. We wish to congratulate both composers.
    Next year’s World Music Days is well under way and NewMusicSA have submitted six works by six composers to the ISCM. We await their final selection. The event will be held in Tallinn, Estonia during 2 to 10 May 2019.

    Indaba 2018: At the time of this AGM, the Indaba is almost over, with our final concert to follow during the evening. It is being curated by Malcolm Dedman and is taking place between 5 to 7 October in Nelson Mandela University South Campus. We have an exciting programme of concerts, presentations and discussions, there being three evening concerts and a student concert when there was an opportunity to discuss the works being performed. The aim of this Indaba is to reflect on new concert music that is either by a South African composer or has a strong connection with Africa in general and South Africa in particular, or both. The talks served as an introduction to the pieces being performed during the evening concerts and provided an opportunity for students of the University and relatives/friends to ask the composers themselves questions about their work.
    The Friday evening concert was given by Elmarie van der Vyver (viola) and Mathilda Hornsveld (piano) with a programme of music by Niel van der Watt, Franco Prinsloo and Pieter Bezuidenhout. Four of the five pieces were world premières. Saturday evening was a piano recital by Dominic Daula and he played works by James May, Hubert du Plessis, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Casey Chiang, Malcolm Dedman and Arnold van Wyk, two of these being world premières. Tonight’s concert (Sunday) is a joint collaboration between the Nelson Mandela University and NewMusicSA when students and staff from the University perform no less than eight pieces by five composers. Four of these works will be world premières and three will be South African premières.
    I would like to thank the staff of the Nelson Mandela University, especially to Alethea de Villiers, Nicky Bosman, Grant Snyman and David Bester, whose hard work helped to make this Indaba possible. We are indebted to the University for providing the premises to make this happen. Also, we could not have held this event if it wasn’t for funding from Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) and Business Arts South Africa (BASA) who have both given generous grants (R35,000 and up to R20,000 respectively).

    NMSA Website: Our new website is still functioning well. We encourage suggestions from all members as to what they would like to see on the site and to suggest any changes. No member has yet written a blog on the site.
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    Looking ahead, we now need to focus on how the new board will plan for events in 2019. Priority must be given to even more 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. The organisation exists for our members so we would welcome suggestions. We still would like to welcome further board members to take on some of the important administrative tasks important to the continuing function of the organisation.
    In summary, we have done what we can to maintain the important events during 2018. I am confident that we can build even further on our strengths during the year ahead. I wish the organisation well for the future.

    Malcolm Dedman
    Chair of the Board of NewMusicSA



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