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South African Section of the ISCM

There have been considerable changes in the organizational personnel of the South African ISCM section in the past year. Our President, Mokale Koapeng, stepped down due to pressure of work and was replaced by Chris Walton, while the vacant post of Treasurer was taken on by Michael Blake. New members to the Board include Cameron Harris, an English composer fresh from studies in the USA who was recently appointed to a position at the University of South Africa. 
Our association with the University of the Witwatersrand has now ceased. This brought with it a move of office, and is now part of a larger-scale reorganization that is featuring a membership drive, and will forge new links with other institutions and organizations in South Africa in an effort to promote contemporary music in an even broader manner than hitherto.

The 2006 New Music Indaba in Grahamstown was a great success; the 2007 festival is taking place in October in Pretoria and Johannesburg, with concerts featuring music by Kevin Volans, Robert Fokkens, Peter Klatzow and others. The Schubert Ensemble of London is the resident ensemble; Jill Richards is giving a birthday concert in honour of Stefans Grové, who turned 85 in July 2007 and is the featured South African composer at this year's World Music Days in Hong Kong; and there will be workshops for young composers, as well as a half-day symposium entitled 'South Africa's Instrumental Voices' dealing with issues in cross-cultural composition. 
Our journal, the 'NewMusicSA Bulletin', continues - we believe - to be the most thought-provoking, critical journal on the music scene in South Africa, and we are currently broadening its editorial board to include interested parties from overseas. We anticipate being able to expand our 'Growing Composers' project, which has already benefited many young composers from disadvantaged communities.

At the end of 2006, Michael Blake visited the International Centre for Composers in Visby in Sweden as the first of a series of annual visits planned as part of an exchange programme between the Visby and the South African branches of the ISCM. In late 2007, the composers Clare Loveday and Paul Hamner will spend time in Visby. Other international collaborations are being explored with groups and institutions in England, Finland and elsewhere. 
Preparations are well underway for the second 'Unyazi' Festival of Electronic Music, to be held in Cape Town in March 2008. The organizers, James Sey and James Webb, are collaborating with Pro Helvetia (the Swiss Arts Council) and Stellenbosch University, and the event promises to be one of the biggest of its kind ever to take place in the southern hemisphere. 

Chris Walton
President: NewMusicSA
September 2007




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