Bursary for Trinity South Africa, Botswana and Namibia: Feedback from 2020 beneficiaries

A Trinity Bursary scheme for Talented Young Musicians and Actors from Disadvantaged Backgrounds was introduced in 2019.

Despite 2020 being an exceedingly difficult and unprecedented year, it was a successful year music-wise for several Trinity bursary recipients who submitted their exams digitally.

Trinity received wonderfully positive feedback from the bursary recipients.  Two music students from the Zwaanswyk Academy expressed both their and their parents’ appreciation of the financial assistance and the fact that the bursaries inspired these candidates to work to the best of their abilities.

Bursary recipients from the West Coast Music Academy (WCMA) were grateful to WCMA for their support in continuing teaching music without charging and for the bursary support from Trinity for exams.  Morale was low last year and with many negative influences affecting them, preparing for an exam gave the candidates something to focus on during lockdown and gave them a sense of achievement at the end of the year.

One father lowered his head, and the tears flowed with gratitude. Food and money were scarce, and he could almost never work during lockdown. But God provided: someone sponsored a new Cello for his son, Trinity and WCMA sponsored the music exams and lessons for his son and he could proudly end the year with a positive attitude. This candidate was also chosen as 1st Cello player in the West Coast Youth Orchestra.

From Musiquelaine SA, we heard from more than one candidate about how helpful it was to be able to prepare for an exam; how the need to practice pushed them to improve their skills even though it was at times difficult and trying.

Well done to all the bursary recipients, for pushing through in a very difficult year!