UoN to launch an orchestra in partnership with Oxford University

University of Nairobi partners with Oxford to start an orchestra.

The university that offers a Degree in Performing Arts is set to branch out to unchartered territory with an orchestra.

According to a post on the varsity’s website, “the process of acquiring equipment and training the members of the orchestra is still ongoing,” said the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi. The V.C recently received a team from the Oxford University Orchestra, who are to facilitate the process that will see one of East Africa’s oldest universities officially launch the University of Nairobi Orchestra in May 2018.

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Speaking about the impending launch, Oxford’s Alberto Sanna said, “We have had very successful practice sessions with UoN students at St. Paul’s. We are impressed at how they have mastered to play instruments such as the violin with no trainers. They are self-taught.” Mr. Alberto Sanna, an acclaimed musicologist, and violinist also pointed out “the amount of talent is immense. With such a pool of instrument players, the UoN Orchestra dream can be realized.”

“We will build on what we already have to set up the orchestra,” said the Dean of Students, Dr. Fr. Dominic Wamugunda. “Although we are still at the foundational level of this orchestra, we will tap into the experiences of successful orchestras including Oxford’s,” said the UoN Choir Director, Dr. Fred Atoh.

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This article was first published on the University of Nairobi website.

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