On Friday 8 May, artists from the Africa Voices Trust will take to the Baxter Concert Hall stage alongside special guest Vusi Mahlasela for one night only.

The Africa Voices Trust Gala Concert: “Voices of Hope,” is both a showcase of the extraordinary talent of the next generation of leaders in the music industry as well as a benefit concert to support the Africa Voices Trust.

Featured vocalists in the concert have all successfully completed the most recent programme in Opera and Musical Theatre. The “Voices of Hope” Gala Concert marks their graduation and also gives them the opportunity to raise funds for the Trust. This allows graduates to empower others in the future. All proceeds of the concert will go towards the next programme scheduled to start in July 2015.

“We have been privileged to witness the growth of these exceptional individuals and over the course of the programme, they have exceeded our greatest expectations.” says Jessica Schnehage, Managing Director of the Africa Voices Trust. “It is truly inspiring to encounter such talent, as it reflects the bright future that our music industry can aspire to. The participants were selected for their musical talent, leadership potential, charisma and artistic vision. They have shown us that they have the courage to hold themselves to the highest standards.”

Directed by the acclaimed Magdalene Minnaar of Biblioteek Productions, the 'Voices of Hope' concert will introduce eight dynamic young singers in various genres. It is an emotive story reflecting on the journey of life – including themes of heartbreak and adversity, inspiration and hope.

“Vusi Mahlasela is a legend in the South African Music industry, who inspires countless artists. We are delighted that he will be on stage and performing with the graduates as an Africa Voices Trust Ambassador.”

There will also be an award ceremony for participants who have excelled during the course of the programme. One of these awards is the Caroli Singing Award which is offered in association with the internationally acclaimed Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. This award enables the deserving participant to travel to Germany in order to gain experience and network in the European Opera industry. A bursary for excellence and potential in musical theatre and the Africa Voices Leadership Through Music Award will also be presented on the night.

Date: Friday, 8 May 2015

Venue: The Baxter Theatre Centre, Concert Hall

Address: Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

Show Starts: 20h00

Ticket Price: Limited Early Bird Special R130.00, thereafter R150.00

Bookings: Computicket – 0861 915 8000 or