Update From Ghana's National Youth Orchestra
When Instruments For Africa first visited Ghana we met with the director of the National Orchestra Isaac Annoh, who told us that if he could acquire the proper instruments he would begin a youth orchestra and have the young players mentored by members of the senior orchestra. We eagerly donated the equipment Mr. Annoh was lacking and within a month auditions were being held and before long Ghana's new National Youth Orchestra were immersed in rehearsals and were ready to begin performing.
When we returned in October, 2020 we were happy to supplement the Youth Orchestra's collection with a flute and two huge boxes of accessories and repair equipment, including plenty of cork grease and reeds courtesy of The D'Addario Foundation, along with extra mouthpieces, countless violin and clarinet parts, and a pile of instructional books.
Just a few days later the Youth Orchestra met for rehearsal and Mr. Annoh sent us along these pictures. We are thrilled to have helped to launch such a wonderful undertaking and we would like to extend this excitement to all of our donors, each of whom deserve an equal share in this success.
IFA's Second Trip to Ghana a Success
In October of 2020 Instruments For Africa founder Todd Snelgrove returned to Ghana to sort and distribute IFA's most recent shipment of musical instruments and accessories.
Though the large crate of equipment departed Ottawa in October of 2019, it took almost a full year for 100+ instruments, hundreds of books, and countless accessories including music stands, clarinet and saxophone reeds, strings, disinfectant, and extra mouthpieces to finally clear customs.
Once the shipment was released, the Ghanaian Ministry of Education had the equipment delivered to Accra High School and arranged for representatives of nine schools from all over Ghana to meet with Snelgrove there on October 28th and 29th to receive their instrument donations.
In addition to supplementing the instrument collections of these nine schools, IFA was pleased to grant another donation to Ghana's new National Youth Orchestra, which was started following our initial donation to the National Orchestra in 2018.
Due to concerns related to covid-19 Snelgrove kept his time in Ghana to a bare minimum and out of an abundance of caution he declined to personally visit the donee schools.
St. Roses Senior High School, Akwatia
Ebenezer Senior High School, Dansoman
Mozano Senior High School, Gomoa Eshiem
Anglican Secondary School, Kumasi
Fijai Senior High School, Sekondi
Mawuli School, Ho
Jachie-Pramso Senior High School, Kumasi
Ghana Secondary School, Koforidua
Accra High School, Accra
Ghanaian National Youth Orchestra