WHO WE ARE
The St Anne's Camerata is a unique string orchestra - a hybrid of the traditional Oxford choirs - comprised of professionals, student scholars, and youth exhibitioners. We perform regularly at college and Oxford events, and at venues further afield.
- Hannah - 20, Violin. Having participated in and initiated various musical outreach projects throughout the UK over the last five years, I'm so grateful for the opportunity to begin expanding these experiences further afield. I am particularly looking forward to seeing how we can approach a common music with musicians from a culture so different to our own: I think this will produce a truly colourful and dynamic musical outcome.
- Conor - 19, Viola. Having joined Camerata only this term, I'm really excited to be taking part in this unique project so soon. I am especially looking forward to working with young people from around Nairobi, as I believe this will be a truly rewarding experience for everyone involved.
- Lennox - 20, Cello. I’m really excited to work alongside Kenyan musicians and see how we can bring our completely different musical backgrounds together to perform together. I love experiencing new cultures in different parts of the world and this trip will be my first ever to Africa so I’m looking forward to being immersed in it.
- Richard - 21, Double Bass. Having taken part in St Anne's Camerata outreach projects with local schools throughout my time at Oxford, I am very excited to be travelling to Kenya to continue the work we've been doing in a new context. Working alongside students from Nairobi will be an enriching experience for all involved, and the chance to engage with a new culture is such a great opportunity.
- Josh - 21, Senior Conducting Scholar. I'm really looking forward to this project, as this will be my first experience working with early music as a conductor, and also my first time in Africa. The programme devised by Dr Alberto Sanna is a special one, allowing us to combine outreach work involving children and university students with more advanced rehearsals and concerts of early music. Every little you give would make a huge difference.
On 18th March 2018, five student musicians and the college's Plumer Fellow, Dr. Alberto Sanna, will be flying to Nairobi, Kenya. Over the following week we will be collaborating with musicians from the University of Nairobi to perform concerts in the city, as well as engaging in outreach programmes with Tangaza University, and with children and young people from around Nairobi.
Why are we flying all the way to Nairobi when we already have more performance opportunities than we can accept right here on our doorstep? That is in fact the reason itself! Here in Oxford, and in the UK at large, we are privileged with such a strong classical music tradition that picking up an instrument or attending a concert is more or less commonplace. It becomes easy to take these things for granted, forgetting that many people in other cultures and communities do not enjoy the same extent of opportunities that we do. Our trip to Nairobi is an endeavour to change that: to take the experience we have already gathered and share it with others. We believe this will create new, unique, and truly impacting experiences both for ourselves and for the individuals we seek to reach.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
All that sounds great, right?! But one thing stands between it sounding great and being great - and, as usual, it's the expense.
Our food and accommodation will kindly be provided for us by our Kenyan hosts. However, we still need to raise £1500 to cover the costs of flights to (and preferably also from) Nairobi, and visas to allow us to proceed further than the airport as well as standard travel insurance.
We are confident that with your support we can raise this figure. By giving any donation, however great or small, you will contribute to making our vision a reality, playing a direct part in sharing the benefits of music with the people of Nairobi.
It doesn't end with donation! Follow the St. Anne's College Music Society page on Facebook for updates on our progress, and to follow us in Kenya!
Please help spread the word by sharing our project with anyone you think might be interested in supporting us - whether on social media or in a chat over the fence!