The sky’s the limit for Sof’town flautist

Khanyisile Mthetwa-Lacny plays the flute. Photo: Supplied

A Sophiatown resident is one of a handful of South Africans who’ve completed a gruelling Master’s in Music degree from Trinity College London.

Khanyisile Mthetwa-Lacny, originally from Soweto, completed her Level 8 flute, which is the equivalent of a Master’s degree at Trinity College and is currently a fellow at the college.

The mother of two completed her Level 8 in eight months where other post-graduates usually take up to three years.

“You can finish at any time. It depends on how much you’ve prepared and I had already done a lot of the work by then. Basically what happens is they squeeze an entire Master’s into one hour [of performances],” she said.

Not only did she complete the programme in record time, she did so while holding down two jobs and still looking after her two young children.

Mthetwa-Lacny has been described as one of South Africa’s leading new generation of young artists.

While she is passionate about playing the flute, she is a flute lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and also teaches the instrument at the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company.

“Playing is the difficult part at this point with work and all. I have to plan everything around my work schedule.”

Mthetwa-Lacny said she now aims to complete her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in music at Wits and also has an upcoming project, Duo KP, in which she collaborates with pianist Peter Cartwright.

She said they seek to cross over to the jazz world with the project and she looks forward to playing at iconic jazz venues in Johannesburg such as the Orbit, Sophiatown the Mix and the Afrikan Freedom Station.

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