Monday, January 30, 2012

How the SMS was started

Late in 2004 the Heeses and the Meijs were playing bridge and Chris idly asked whether there would be ten or more people in Stilbaai who would cough R1 000 each per year so that we could bring live classical music to Stilbaai. The idea was kicked around and the consensus was that no ten such blokes existed but that many would support the idea. The discussion lapsed.

Lo and behold, in January of 2005 Amanda invited a number of people to discuss the issue and asked me (Chris) to explain it, which I did. After a discussion, it was decided that I would draft a constitution and that we would meet at Wouter and Connie’s place for a formal meeting.At that meeting a resolution was passed to found the Stilbaai Music Society and the constitution was adopted.

Mike and Louise had previously invited an honours B. Mus. student from Stellenbosch to play before a group op guests and they kindly agreed to permit the Society to advertise this as its first concert. The concert took place in their lounge.

From this small beginning we now have more that eighty members, we own half a piano, we  have awarded a study stipend and count a number of international artists as friends of the Society. We have had our flops. Despite these, we have brought pleasure and musical excellence to a large number op people in Stilbaai who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to hear these artists perform.

Chris Heese
(Uit Nuusbrief 10 2011)

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