Legendary Reggae musician Bob Marley once said that “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain”. Truthfully so, a dose of great music is good for your soul. At KMS we organize great music concerts that leave you wanting more.
In April, we have lined up a great Violin and Piano concert with some of the best players around. The concert also dubs up as a fundraiser for the school with proceedings going to support various KMS undertakings.
The event takes place at the Shanghai Restaurant on 7th April, 2017 at 6.30pm for Cocktail. The concert and fundraiser kicks off at 7pm. There are a limited number of early bird tickets so grab you one today.
Below are summary profiles of the artists performing on the night.
Rachel Ellis started her violin prowess journey at a tender age of 9 during playtimes at school. Her teacher quickly singled her out for individual lessons and she gained a distinction in her Grade 1 Violin ABRSM exam after just 12 weeks.
At 18 she won a scholarship to study full time at the Royal College of Music, studying with violin with senior violin professor, Jaroslav Vanecek, and taking every opportunity for chamber music and orchestral playing and singing in choirs.
Since leaving college in 1989, she has played professionally with many freelance orchestras. Over the past 10 years she has been leader of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra (in her local town).
Kiggundu started learning piano with his father aged 3, and went onto attain LRSM in piano performance, Dip ABRSM in piano teaching, Dip ABRSM in flute performance and Grade 8 in voice.
In 1998 he won Kenya Young Classical Musicians competition (senior category) and has since been invited to be on the jury of this competition.
His extensive performing career includes playing title role in The Marriage of Figaro, piano recitals in Edinburgh, Malawi, Nairobi and Kampala, a flute& piano concertos with the Nairobi Orchestra, and at the Safaricom classical music fusion festival in Nairobi. In 2007 he had the honour of playing piano recital for Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Uganda for CHOGM.
Kiggundu is the principal Conductor of the Kampala Symphony Orchestra and the Kampala Singers Choir. He has conducted ballet in Kampala, guest conducted the Nairobi Orchestra in opera and symphonic concerts, most recently in March 2015.
Kiggundu is also a jazz musician and has performed with several bands on the local and international scene, among many other accomplishments.
In October 2012 he was appointed as the Executive Director of Kampala Music School, a post he holds to date, leading a team of over 20 teachers, and 5 departments in their work training musicians of all ages in various styles.
Kiggundu holds an engineering degree from Makerere University and is married with three young increasingly musical children.
JOB IVAN TEZIGATWA
Job Ivan is a music graduate from Makerere University. He holds two diplomas of ABRSM in Piano performance and Choral music direction. He is an accomplished contemporary art composer, arranger and music educator. He has composed “The Galaxy”, a symphony whose world premiere was in 2012 in the UK, the mysterious peaks which was also premiered in 2012 at Makumira University in Dar-es-Salaam.
He works as a music examiner for Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB). He is a senior Teacher at Kampala Music School. He has featured on many performance platforms as a solo pianist, accompanist and choral director. He is also a member of the One Song Festival, a festival of all East African choral cathedral choirs. Currently he is looking forward to making his concerto début, playing the Mozart piano concerto k488 in A major, later this year.
We look forward to seeing you there. Tickets are going for 120,000 and are available at Kampala Music School.