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Mathew Thomas

Mathew Thomas

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My name is Mathew Thomas and I am raising funds for Louis Fourie (26), a vocal coach and accompanist from Pretoria.

Louis obtained his BMus-degree in 2014 from the University of Pretoria, studying piano with Prof. Joseph Stanford and organ with Prof. Wim Viljoen, and received his MMus (Performing Arts) from the same institution in 2018. He also received his BAHons(German) in 2015.
Louis worked as répétiteur and accompanist at the Vocal Art Department at TUT from 2017 – 2018, and taught advanced harmony, counterpoint, form analysis and music history for the UNISA Music Foundation for 2 years. Louis finds music education for children very
important and taught piano at Midstream Ridge Primary School for 5 years, where he also conducted the senior choir. He accompanied various school choirs such as Hoërskool Oos-Moot and Laerskool Tygerpoort. An enthusiastic orchestral player, he also played the oboe for various orchestras on an ad hoc-basis.

Louis lectured in the German Department at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2018 and 2019, having previously taught DAF and DAM at the Deutsche Schule Johannesburg. 

Since April 2019 I have been pursuing an MA(Opernkorrepetition) at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar in Germany. This demanding course is not offered in South Africa, and very few people in Germany (approximately 1 person per semester) are admitted to the programme in Weimar. So far I have been funding my studies myself from the money that I have saved from working the past few years in South Africa, and also working part-time in a hotel in Germany. My funds have unfortunately run out, and I am only allowed to work a certain amount of hours in Germany as a student. Having almost completed my first year, I do need financial help to finish my second year of studies and subsequently my degree. I have been unable to secure a bursary - already have a Masters degree in Piano from the University of Pretoria, I am disqualified from most bursaries.

Although South Africa has excellent accompanists, there are very few trained vocal coaches (répétiteurs), and I do believe with the knowledge I gain in Germany I can make a meaningful contribution to the classical music scene in South Africa on my return.

The money will be used for monthly living costs, which consist mainly of rent, food and medical insurance.

Funds raised with be paid directly into the beneficiary's bank account.

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My name is Mathew Thomas and I am raising funds for Louis Fourie (26), a vocal coach and accompanist from Pretoria.

Although South Africa has excellent accompanists, there are very few trained vocal coaches (répétiteurs), and I do believe with the knowledge I gain in Germany I can make a meaningful contribution to the classical music scene in South Africa on my return.