Apr 052017

Music Graduates: Interested in an African Adventure?

We are looking for two musicians to work as volunteer teachers in Kenya for a one or two year placement, starting Aug/Sept 2017.

You will be based at Starehe Boys’ & Girls’ Centres in Nairobi. Duties include individual lessons, choir training, preparing students for ABRSM exams and Kenya Music Festival, piano accompaniment and some classroom teaching. You will have a Music degree/B.Ed with Music or equivalent and be a competent pianist. You may already have experience teaching, accompanying and training ensembles but this is not essential.

Starehe Boys’ School is a charitable boarding school with an international reputation, being the first school to offer free secondary education to some of the brightest but poorest boys in Kenya. The school has grown from its humble beginnings in two tin huts to educating 1000 boys at any one time. Starehe Girls’ School is its partner institution.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed musician with high expectations to work in an inspiring educational and social environment. The students are well motivated, eager to learn and ready to seize any opportunities offered them. There is free accommodation, a monthly living allowance and the return air fare to the UK.

We have been sending volunteers to Kenya for life-changing experiences since 2004.

Please send CV and covering letter to the UK sponsor of this post:

THE MARTYN DONALDSON MUSIC TRUST, 7 Manor Crescent, Tytherington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 2EN.

www.mdmt.org.uk / andy.donaldson@mdmt.org.uk / 01625 433187 for further information

Closing date for applications is 1st May 2017

Aug 022015

Vivian Onano came to Macclesfield in 2010 as one of the music students from Starehe Girls’ Centre to take part in the Martyn’s Music 6 concert. On 29th May she delivered a key note speech at the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the World Programme of Action for Youth. This is a policy document that guides countries on how to invest and address youth issues.

Jul 232014

Congratulations and thanks to our former music volunteer at Starehe Girls’ Centre, Ryan Searle.

Together with fellow musicians Nicholas Stansfield and Clive Davenport, he cycled from Manchester to Blackpool, raising funds for Starehe Schools in Nairobi. Well done boys!


Jun 292014

On the 23rd of June 2014 Destiny Garden School took part in the annual Likoni sub-county music festival which is a precursor to the National music festival. The school has been preparing for a long time for this event thanks to a grant from Martin Donaldson Music Trust (MDMT) which allowed us to employ a specialist part-time music teacher. We took part in 13 disciplines of which 7 were judged good enough to proceed to the next heats.   These items were; African traditional dance, Public Speaking (Kevin Omondi and Kevin Otieno – both class 8), Lower primary choral verse (2 groups) and Poems (Faith Wekesa and Charity Nyangai).

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Sep 252012

As MDMT is now 10 years old, a timeline has been created which shows all the activities that have taken place in each of the last 10 years. This involves fundraising concerts and support of events.

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