Ruth First Jeppe Memorial Trust to host annual fund-raising concert

The Ruth First Jeppe Fiesta, which is part of Jeppe High School for Girls’ annual initiative to provide scholarships to deserving young women to develop them into principled leaders, will take place on August 31.

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The concert will be held at The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Linder Auditorium at 7.30pm.

Carolyn Steyn.

“Conducted by the much-in-demand Richard Cock, the programme includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21, a Star Wars medley, repertoire from the recent World Choir Games where the school received a gold diploma; a tribute to Nelson Mandela and a performance of bagpipe melody Highland Cathedral,” said business and advancement consultant at Jeppe High School for Girls and the Ruth First Memorial Trust, Kevin Tait.

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Artists who will perform include baritone Timothy Moloi, who featured extensively in South Africa and abroad and whose career highlights include performing the song Hope at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to an estimated global audience of 500 million viewers.

“Moloi will be joined by classical crossover soprano Candis Angelene, whose 2009 debut album Ancient Light reached number four on South Africa’s Classic FM chart, and pianist and educator Elize Kruger, who recently obtained her doctorate in piano performance.

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“There will also be performances by the Jeppe Pipe Band, under Damien Pitman, who have just returned from performing at the Basel Tattoo, the Jeppe Girls’ Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Johan Bester and Andrew Parfitt, and the Jeppe Hlabelela and Marimba ensembles,” said Tait.

Jeppe old girl Carolyn Steyn, of the 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela campaign, will perform as a guest conductor.

Steyn’s 67 Blankets charity recently achieved a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest scarf at more than 27kms.

Timothy Moloi.

Each kilometre crocheted represented a year of the 27 years that Mandela was imprisoned.

“All the artists will be accompanied by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. The Ruth First Jeppe Memorial Trust was established in 2010 to pay tribute to anti-apartheid activist and journalist Ruth First, who was killed in a letter bomb explosion in 1982. She matriculated from Jeppe High School for Girls in 1941.

“Using First as a role model, scholarship recipients are provided with full tuition to enable them to obtain a top-quality education at Jeppe.

Jeppe High School for Girls choir.

“In addition to academic, extramural and leadership excellence, the young women are exposed to other role models and events that broaden their horizons and prepare them to address national challenges. Those selected are recommended by primary school principals from 135 institutions in Jeppe’s broad feeder area,” he said.

There are currently 55 girls in the programme, 11 of whom will matriculate at the end of the year and join the 19 alumnae who are all involved in tertiary studies.

Fourteen new recipients in Grade Eight have been accepted for 2019.

Tickets for the concert are available from Computicket.

Discounts are available for bookings of 10 or more.

For further information contact 011 616 5090 or email

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