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Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Two Mandela University music students have been awarded prestigious bursaries from The Southern African Church and Concert Organists Society (SACOS).

Cameron Lee (right) and Joshua de Paula e Silva were awarded bursaries of R12 000 and R8 000 respectively for their programme of three pieces, one of which had be a chorale-based work by a South African composer.

The 2021 SACOS Study Bursaries for meritorious studies in organ, organ building and church music.

provide financial support and stimulus for the furthering of quality organ playing, organ studies, organ building, and research in the field of church music in Southern Africa.

Cameron, a third year BMus student with organ as his main instrument and piano as his second instrument, won in the Undergraduate Main Instrument category. He is the Music Director of St Saviours parish in Walmer where both organ and piano are used for worship. He plans on going into studies regarding organ building and wants to pursue a career in academia.

Joshua, also in his third year of the BMus ,won in the Second Instrument category. He joined the Eastern Cape Children's Choir as their resident accompanist in 2019 and is currently in pursuit of his London Trinity College Licentiate in piano. Joshua started organ in his second year and plans on gaining his master’s in music therapy as well as piano performance.

SACOS endeavours to promote music, as well as liturgical and organ-building practices in Southern Africa by developing and supporting church and concert organists to offer functional, relevant and inspired services.

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