The Story of the South Africa Panjazz Project

February 2007
The South Africa Panjazz Project was inspired by a visit to Cape Town in February 2007 by Hampshire based music teachers Shaun Riches and Peter Beadell.
July 2007
11/07/07 - First public performances by the South Africa Panjazz Project 
The full story, as told by the students involved.
August 2007
Shaun Riches, Ben Riches and Stuart Fowler visited South Africa, working with students at Groendal, Kayamandi and Scottsville Schools and at the Frank Pietersen Music Centre. Among the aims of the visit were to initiate a combined South African choir and a jazz programme at the Music Centre. Many key contacts were made, establishing a possible programme of performances at prestigious venues.
Full story on our Newsletter.
October 2007
Peter Beadell and Lindsay Jobling (Sounds Of Steel tenor pan player) visited South Africa, spending two weeks at Groendal Secondary School and the Frank Pietersen Music Centre. They worked with about eighty local students and staff. Highlight of the trip was a visit to Andile Siyo's marimba workshop. A number of performances have been arranged for 2008 and members of the steel band gave interviews and played on the radio.
Full story on our Newsletter.
November 2007
Sponsorship/Partnership Updates: Laura and Lucy Chappell have secured sponsorship for the project from their local church. Sharon Duke has secured the services of a local coach company to transport our party to the airport, when we travel to South Africa in March 2008. We are discussing a partnership in which players from the Jazz and Steel orchestras will perform with Tabla maestro Sanju Sahai, representing Art Asia in South Africa, in exchange for the South Africa Panjazz Project appearing at the Mela festival in Southampton.
Full story on our Newsletter.
December 2007

19/12/07 - Our first Newsletter has been launched. These will be distributed as A4 leaflets as well as being available as PDF downloads. Click here to download the Winter 2007 edition.

Friday 21st December 2007

Portchester Community School
Fundraising Event
Tickets 5.00, Doors open 7.15pm
January 2008

Monday 28th January 2008

The Concorde Club, Eastleigh
Invitation Only - Project Launch Event
February 2008

Friday 8th February 2008
Click here to open a PDF file
(148 KB) of the concert poster.

Ferneham Hall, Fareham
Fundraising Event
Tickets 7.00, Doors open 7.15pm

23/02/08 - Preparations continue for the South Africa visit. The equipment for our 'tour' has now been shipped off to South Africa. To see pictures of the gear being loaded onto trucks at Portchester click here.

March 2008
07/04/08 - Raring to go! Judging by the delightful messages they have sent us, the Scottsville School Choir are certainly looking forward to the Tour! We have also received pictures of the Groendal School Steel Band hard at work!
Read the messages in full

14/03/08 - After a twelve hour delay at Heathrow, the UK party arrived in South Africa to be welcomed by a group of marimba players and representatives from the participating Western Cape schools.

Panjazz Project - South Africa Dates 2008

Sunday 16th March Stellenbosch University
Workshops - Performance 16.00
Monday 17th March Frank Pietersen Music Centre, Paarl
Tuesday 18th March Frank Pietersen Music Centre, Paarl
Sunset Concert 16.30
Wednesday 19th March Artscape, Cape Town
Education Launch - Workshops
Thursday 20th March Artscape, Cape Town
Evening Performance 19.00
Saturday 22nd March Vineyard Brasserie, Franschhoek
Lunchtime Performance - 13.00
Monday 24th March V&A Waterfront
Evening Performance 17.00
Tuesday 25th March Mzoli's Place, Gugulethu
Evening Performance 17.00
Thursday 27th March V&A Waterfront
Evening Performance 17.00
Friday 28th March Nelson's Creek Wine Estate
Evening Performance 19.00