Anele Mnguni

 

Anele Mnguni began his music studies as a Sunday School boy in New Apostolic Church, under Mr Luvuyo Booi. Anele started with recorder before switching over to church organ. After playing as a church organist for five years, he developed an interest in orchestral instruments.

 

 

In 2002, Mr Mnguni started his bassoon studies with Thys van Zyl, as part of a music project run by the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Port Elizabeth, now Gqeberha.  The orchestra later awarded him a bursary to study a Diploma in Music Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Here, Anele graduated Cum-Laude before relocating to Durban.

 

At the beginning of 2007, Mr Mnguni joined the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) as part of their National Cadetship Programme. After two and a half years of training, he successfully auditioned for the sub-principal bassoon position at KZNPO. In 2009, he enrolled for a Bachelor of Practical Music in the University of KwaZulu-Natal under the late Principal Bassoonist of KZNPO, Ms. Vessela Minkova. Anele completed this degree in one year and graduated cum-laude in 2010.

 

Mnguni participated in a great range of Youth Orchestra Programmes throughout South Africa and internationally. These programmes include the Stellenbosch   International Chamber Music Festival; National Youth Orchestra, 2006 Germany Tour and the 2009 KZN Youth Wind Band European Tour. As part of the KZNPO, Anele also participated in the late former president Nelson Mandela’s 95th Birthday Tribute that was held in Marseille and Paris, France. Anele had an opportunity to perform at Mandels’s state funeral that was held in December 2013, in Qunu.

 

Anele taught music at the Durban Music School from 2007 to 2021. Here he taught recorder, keyboard, piano, bassoon and theory. His love for teaching encouraged him to enrol for Post Graduate Certificate in Education, through Management College of South Africa (MANCOSA), and graduated with distinction in 2021.

 

Currently, he is teaching full-time at Thomas More College as Junior Primary Music teacher and plays with KZN Philharmonic part-time.