Our vision is a Sophiatown and surrounding communities where all people truly belong: where there is healing, opportunity and prosperity; so that resources are used to create a society where none live in poverty.

Our programmes integrate leadership and value-based approaches which enhance social justice and a non-racial society.  Our business enterprise work is based on a people-planet-profit dynamic.

We also preserve and share the history of this area, and the histories of the multi-cultural communities who inspired Fr Huddleston throughout his life.

Our values are inspired by the life-long service of Fr Huddleston to the recognition of every person’s intrinsic and equal value:  we aim to operate with integrity, a focus on service, we value innovation and respect diversity

Our venues, known as Sophiatown the Mix -  are a state of the art ‘green’ building and an original 1930s Sophiatown home that has a rich history.  You can discover more by joining a walking tour every Saturday at 11am (other days by arrangement) .  Click here to find out more. or call to book

Tour Bookings:

083 550 7130

Entrance to heritage

house: R60 per person (groups 6+ R45 pp)

Full Sophiatown walking tours R180 every Saturday 11am

All profits are routed to support our work with young people and creative community development that is sustainable: where the impact on people, planet and profit is carefully judged and resources shared.

Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, 71 Toby Street, Sophiatown, Johannesburg, 2092 . Post: PO Box 468, Westhoven 2142.  

Email: thmcentre@mweb.co.za   Tel: +27 (0) 11 673 1271   Fax: +27 (0) 11 252 7976

Registered section 21 not-for-profit association no 2000/006377/08

The Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre. NPO no 020 393

             Patrons: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Ambassador Abdul Minty, Rev Mpho Tutu

Hon Sophie du Bruyn MP, Emeritus Archbishop Khotso Makhulu, Esme Matshikiza, Sally Motlana.

As we know Hugh went on to be perhaps South Africa’s most internationally famous band leader, trumpeter and jazz pioneer.  At the memorial service for Fr Huddleston, held at the Market Theatre, Joburg in 1998 Hugh Masekela presented a young trumpeter with a brand new trumpet in Huddleston’s name.  In Sophiatown today we support emerging talent – music, dance, art, design, theatre and photography to name a few of the disciplines.  But at the heart of it is the music.

We are all about people:  connecting and working together to make a better South Africa.  Here's a story about Fr Huddleston’s commitment to the development of young people that inspires us

 Fr Huddleston with two members of the  'Huddleston Jazz Band'  the teenage Jonas Gwangwa and Hugh Masekela, with Alan Paton (St Peter’s School, Johannesburg).


Fr Trevor Huddleston receiving  a trumpet from Louis Armstrong, for Hugh Masekela, on 1 May 1956, in the USA. Photo by Wallace Kirkland

Fr Trevor Huddleston, concerned that a 14 year old Hugh Masekela was not fulfilling his potential at St Peter’s School, bought a second hand trumpet at Hugh’s request.  Fr Huddleston was then inundated with requests, including from Jonas Gwangwa.  Having secured a trombone for Jonas, and other instruments, they formed the Huddleston Jazz Band in 1955. When Huddleston was exiled from South Africa he travelled to the US where he met Louis Armstrong and told him about ‘his’ band – to which Armstrong then donated a new trumpet for Hugh.

click here for a narrative biography of Fr Huddleston

Ashes of Fr Huddleston carried to South Africa

Mandela & Tutu pay tribute to Fr Huddleston

Archbishop Tutu recalls Fr Huddleston’s early influence on him and others

In March we joined the nation and the world in remembering Bra Hugh Masekela, his legacy and influence:  read here about Bra Hugh receiving his first trumpet from Fr Huddleston;  and here, a later gift of a trumpet from the legendary Louis Armstrong.

Here we remember Bra Hugh’s impact on us at the Fr Huddleston Memorial Centre in Sophiatown (clip courtesy of Kliphard)