MAKING MUSIC WITH LASTING IMPACT
Finding the Light Foundation brings together stars of London’s West End & South African Musical Theatre in a celebration of the human spirit
and with a mission to change lives.
Experience the transcendent power of some of musical theatre’s best loved shows as UK & South African Musical Theatre Stars perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on the iconic Artscape Opera House stage in Cape Town. With a world-class musical and production team, 100% of net proceeds will go towards our charity partners.
With special guests two-time World Cup Rugby winning captain Siya Kolisi & Rachel Kolisi, the Finding The Light gala dinner will unite the passions of UHNW philanthropists, sports lovers and arts supporters in support of the Kolisi Foundation. The evening will feature performances from West End stars and celebrity guests including current and former rugby stars & stars of the stage and screen & the chance to bid for some unique auction lots.
100% of net proceeds from both events & additional donations will go towards supporting charities working to transform the lives of vulnerable young people in South Africa. This year’s primary beneficiary is Kolisi Foundation. We are also working to support Ubuntu Pathways & Empower’s South African beneficiaries.
About Finding the Light
Our Youth have limitless potential. But their future is at risk. By 2030, 42% of the world’s youth will come from the African continent. High levels of poverty, violence and psychological trauma are undermining their potential for development. South African youth, on average, experience 8 ‘highly traumatic’ life events per year versus 4.8 in the entire lifetime of a Western child (USA/UK)*. The organizations we support address not only frontline challenges in health care and education, but the impact of violence, trauma, poor mental health, and a chronic degradation of self-esteem – something which undermines the success of primary frontline interventions.
Finding the Light Foundation is an initiative to help unite & mobilise South Africans & Africans in the UK and in South Africa in support of those addressing frontline challenges in Africa, and particularly South Africa.
At a time when the arts are critically underfunded globally, particularly in developing countries, THE SHOW also provides opportunity and employment for local artists and developing talent in South Africa.
* Source: Waves for Change, EMpower grantee partner
The Charities We Support
Remember the One, One by OneOn the eve of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, current Springbok Rugby captain Siya Kolisi and Rachel Kolisi sat in the hotel hallway and discussed their social responsibility following the influence they would gain by winning the Rugby World Cup – and so, the Kolisi Foundation was birthed through the desire to change the story of inequality in South Africa. Responding with compassion and courage to the challenges faced by the South African nation, Siya and Rachel Kolisi are compelled by a strong conviction that every small act of change matters. With hearts willing to respond, hands ready to serve and heads ready to learn, the Kolisi Foundation team is committed to the vision of changing stories of inequality. The Kolisi Foundation unite organisations to mobilise resources and strengthen infrastructure and learning. To help communities thrive, they aim to bring about systemic change by creating safe spaces through sport and education, addressing gender-based violence, and contributing to food security. They do so by partnering with organisations with a pre-existing footprint in our geographic focus areas.
We’re supporting the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Youth Development ProgramFounded in 1914, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (“CPO”) in Cape Town is arguably the most versatile and active orchestra on the continent of Africa, contributing handsomely to Cape Town’s global status and appeal. A portion of funds raised will be directed to their Youth Development programs in the Cape Town Communities to ensure that the arts and young artists from marginalized communities receive critical, and much needed support.
For 5 nights only, experience the transcendent power of some of musical theatre’s best loved shows. Top talent from London’s West End and South African musical theatre come together on Cape Town’s iconic Artscape Opera House stage to perform songs from shows including “Phantom of the Opera”, “Les Miserables”, “West Side Story”, “Company” and many more.
Accompanied by the full Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the evening promises a visual and auditory kaleidoscope in celebration of our humanity and search for the light.
Original visual elements and scoring link a programme of exceptional vocal performances and bring the best of the world’s musical theatre stages to Cape Town.
100% of proceeds go to charities working to transform the lives of South Africa’s underprivileged youth, including addressing the immensely limiting impact of violence and trauma.
14th March 2024 at the Savoy Hotel in London
With special guests
Siya & Rachel Kolisi
a keynote address from Siya Kolisi & showcasing the work of the Kolisi Foundation.
The dinner will feature spectacular performances from top West End performers.
We’re working in partnership with our beneficiary organisation and supporters to bring together South African/African philanthropists, sports & arts enthusiasts, and celebrities with South African connections.
The dinner will feature an auction with lots including sports memorabilia and fabulous experiences.
Please contact us to make a donation
Daniel spent 10 years leading a formidable team at the purpose built Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. In his career, he has produced over 150 Theatrical Productions both locally and internationally, which collectively have received over 220 Award Nominations. He now runs a theatre consultancy.
Juliet is an experienced producer and creative based in London. She has founded, funded, programmed and produced a range of award-winning off-West End productions (Omnibus Theatre, the Pleasance, Battersea Arts Centre, Rich Mix). She has also worked across digital delivery, from corporate livestream video interviews and short films to app and website development. She is Head of Production at BoxPlay, a learning platform that combines education with entertainment.
Charl-Johan Lingenfelder is a world-renowned composer, musical director, arranger, conductor, writer and performer and has worked in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Athens, New Zealand, China, Taiwan and Indonesia. He has composed soundtracks for more than 300 theatre, dance, film and documentary productions. Some of his many Musical Director credits include as Musical Director and Composer for the triumphant 2017 revival of Todd Matshikiza’s 1959 musical, King Kong, for which he won multiple awards; and as Musical Director for acclaimed South African productions of West Side Story, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Chess, & Sunset Boulevard. His most recent awards for composition include a 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards Gold Award for Serialized Podcast, My Only Story, Best Original Score – Beurtkrag Silwerskermfees (SAFTAS), and Best Soundtrack- Angeliena (Netflix).
David is a co-founder of Finding the Light Foundation. With a career spanning Musical Theatre and Opera David achieved international acclaim as a tenor and founding member of the platinum selling pop opera band, Amici Forever. His many theatre credits include Marius/Combeferre in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End and as the male lead, Tony, in Arthur Laurent’s revival of West Side Story for over 200 performances.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry across all departments, entertainment is in Collett’s blood! Best known as a publicist specialising in theatre, music and film, Collett is a skilled producer, strategist and media profiler. Collett launched The CoLab Network in February 2013 to add ‘producer’ to her skill set, (while still looking after her publicity clients) and hasn’t looked back since! In 10 years, she has produced over 25 productions. Collett is strongly committed to support youth empowerment and devotes time to several projects each year to develop, nurture and showcase young talent wherever she can. She is thrilled to be part of the Finding the Light team where two of her passions are brought together – entertainment and sport – in the support of very meaningful organisations.