How we began
The history of the Hatfield Arts Centre (HAC) has three different roots: NOVO Factories, Hatfield Music Publishing and Worship Academy. These three initiatives have a history of their own and by the end of 2008, it was decided that in order for them to grow and continue to bear more fruit we needed to bring them under one umbrella: the Hatfield Arts Centre.
In January 2005 Hatfield Christian Church in Pretoria East saw the need to equip people in music, fine arts and drama and started up NOVO Creative Ministries. On Fridays and Saturdays, an average of 40 to 50 people would attend music and singing lessons as well as painting classes. Drama and prophetic workshops were also organised several times per year.
In January 2007 NOVO became a part of the worship department of Hatfield Christian Church under the leadership of Gerben Grooten, and a classical music academy was added to the rock, pop and jazz lessons being given. Piano, Classical Guitar, Conducting, Flute, French Horn, Trumpet, Saxophone, Violin and Cello were added to the existing curriculum.
By 2009 student numbers had doubled and music rooms were built next to Andanté Coffee Shop. From January 2010 lessons were extended from Monday through Saturday and specific workshops were also presented. Students have really enjoyed the workshop mornings, getting together with other students and expressing their creativity. It is here that they can practically apply what it means to be a creative, reflective person. Classes are mostly given in small groups geared to best facilitate a specific creative discipline and develop listening abilities and collaborative thinking; qualities so needed in this century.
Since 2008 we have had over 3000 students go through the Arts Centre, many of whom went on to study music at tertiary institutions. Teachers employed by Hatfield Arts Centre are of the best in Gauteng and many are currently actively involved in the music industry at a high level.
Where we are today
In 2016 we rebranded the Hatfield Arts Centre replacing the name NOVO with Music Academy. Hatfield Arts Centre's Music Academy (HACMA) will be the only name from now on associated with our lessons and short courses.
We offer weekly group lessons during Gauteng school terms in contemporary, orchestral and classical music. We also provide a variety of short courses throughout the year. Our Hatfield-in-Concert series takes place quarterly in our 500-seater auditorium, and showcases our local up-and-coming artists together with established names in the music industry.
I trust we can continue to serve the community with our activities in the exciting fields of the arts.