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The MUSON School of Music has over the years developed many talented students who became world famous.

Over the years, the School of Music was founded in 1989 from where some National and International names have emerged. The Diploma school of music evolved around 2003. We will as time goes by, bring you names of students who have brought Laurels to the School of Music; names like Glen Inanga, a Pianist of note based in England; Omo Bello a renowned Opera Singer based in Paris, Bolaji Omotayo, a renowned Pianist/ Accompanist and Educationist, based in England, John Eclou, at one of the Royal Schools of Music in Birmingham, Miracle Ogbo (Soprano)… just to mention a few that were developed at the initial MUSON Basic School of Music and have been making waves on the International scene.  

On the National scene, there are many who went through the portals of MUSON Diploma School of Music, like, Ayo Ajayi (Pianist), Bright Kpalap (Pianist) Chizurum Mbali (Voice – Tenor), Olumide Dada (Voice – Baritone), Tosin Ajayi (Pianist), Imoleayo Balogun (Saxophone), Perpetual Atife (Saxophone), Joshua David (Voice – Tenor), Genevive Ogu (Voice – Soprano), Ifeoma Ubani (Voice – Soprano), Princewill Ubani (Voice/ Pianist), Fatima (Voice – Alto), Micheal Amadi (Baritone)… Apologies to those not mentioned of the 360 graduates so far that had passed out of the Diploma Graduate School of Music. Many are furthering their training in America and Britain, many are doing good works in Schools in Nigeria.

We are still gathering bio – data’s and photographs, and from time to time, be highlighting them and keeping you abreast of where they are and what they are doing as lights to the forthcoming musicians who would want to follow in their footsteps. 

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the sudden passing away of Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, a founder Trustee, Patron and Artiste of MUSON, on Wednesday 8th April 2020.

Francesca Emmanuel was a woman of many parts. She was an accomplished public civil servant, a successful administrator, a talented singer, poet, actress as well as a distinguished woman of the arts. Francesca was born on September 19, 1933, in Lagos where she had her early education. She gained admission to Holy Child College, Lagos in 1946. And during her schooling career, her considerable talents as a singer earned her many plaudits and prizes. In 1952, after obtaining her Cambridge School Certificate in top grade, she was admitted to the University College, Ibadan (now University of Ibadan) where she studied Geography. In 1955, she obtained the Inter-B.A. after which she transferred to the University College, London for her main degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A): Honours degree in Geography in 1959.

Mrs. Emmanuel had her professional career largely in the civil service. She went through the whole gamut of the various arms of the Federal Civil Service and became the first lady Permanent Secretary in the country in July 1975. She served for over thirteen years as Permanent Secretary in different departments before her retirement. And she served with distinction in many governmental and non-governmental bodies and received a number of awards and recognitions, notably, the award of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).

I first met Mrs. Emanuel at the residence of the then British High Commissioner, Sir Mervyn Brown in 1982. Being then the pre-eminent Nigerian soprano singer, she was a regular participant at concerts organised by Sir Mervyn and I soon had the pleasure and privilege of accompanying her on the piano.

Our interactions at Sir Mervyn’s led to our becoming founder-trustees of MUSON, together with Mr. Akintola Williams, Chief Ayo Rosiji and Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi and others in 1983. And we remained Trustees and Patrons of MUSON up till the present time. During the first 18 years of the existence of MUSON, I was Chairman of its Artistes Committee with Mrs. Emanuel as Vice-Chairman. Together, we organised all the musical and artistic events of MUSON. In particular, she set up the MUSON Choir with Emeka Nwokedi, and was the pioneer Chairman of the MUSON Festival Planning Committee, in which capacity she set up the template for future Festivals. Needless to say, the debt that MUSON owes to her is immeasurable. And the personal debt of gratitude I owe to her, especially during my Chairmanship of MUSON (1995-2001), for her unflinching support, dedication, friendship, advice and loyalty cannot be quantified. She was indeed the quintessential woman of timbre and calibre!

Some years ago, I was asked to speak on the qualities of Mrs. Emanuel. I summed up by saying –
“God was in a particularly good mood when HE created her. For HE bestowed on her the panoply of gifts that any human being can dream of, let alone, possess! What are these virtues? She was beautiful; she was elegant; she was kind-hearted; she was brilliant; she was intellectual; she was hospitable; she was dependable; she was unflappable; she was courageous; she was irrepressible; she was resourceful; she was friendly; she was humble, and she was supremely talented!!! As we say in the law – “res ipsa loquitur”.

Mrs. Emanuel never tired of facing new challenges; she never tired of helping others. And in addition to her considerable administrative skills, she had supreme musical, literary and artistic talents.

It has been a great privilege for me to enjoy a warm friendship with her over the past 38 years. She will be very sorely missed by my wife and myself and the entire MUSON Community, as well as the multitude of organizations in which she played crucial roles.
Our heartfelt sympathies go to her son Muyiwa as well as the entire Emanuel and Pereira families.
And we pray that the God in HIS Infinite Mercy Grants her Soul a Peaceful Repose.

                                                                                                                                       LOUIS NNAMDI MBANEFO (SAN)
                                                                                                                                          CHAIRMAN, MUSON 

 

posted 11th of April 2020

A message from our Chairman

Dear Esteemed Members of the MUSON Community,

As the Covid-19 situation continues to develop worldwide, our thoughts are with all of our members during these unprecedented and challenging times. Please be assured that we are thinking of you, your family and community, and wish you all well.

However, in the past week, in light of the most recent restrictions announced by the Government, it became necessary to close down temporarily the MUSON Centre, the Diploma School as well as the Basic School. This will necessitate the postponement all examinations slated for the months ahead – the MUSON Theory and Practical Examinations and also the ABRSM examinations.

We were all looking forward to the Opera Concert on the 22nd of March 2020 and the annual Passiontide Concert slated for the 5th of April 2020 but unfortunately the two events cannot hold. In due course we shall keep you updated on our latest plans through email, our website and social media channels.

These are challenging times for us all and we are infinitely grateful for your continued support and contributions to MUSON. As we weather this storm together, we implore our members to stay positive, safe and prayerful.

With very best wishes,

Louis Mbanefo (SAN)

Chairman, MUSON

 

posted 1st of April 2020