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LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS (article first published : 2001-10-5)

In the tradition of the Royal Albert Hall's Last Night of the Proms in London, the Durban City Hall will be alive with music, song and revelry on October 6. Now in its 12th year, the Last Night of the Nedbank Proms guarantees an evening of glorious music.

This annual concert is not only known as the "biggest musical party in Durban" but also for the opportunities it provides in terms of fund raising for charity and as a stepping stone for up-and-coming young musicians. The concert has been a launching pad for many local artists and singers including Bronwen Forbay, the 3 Durban Tenors and last year's Suzi Stngel and Nicholas Ndadane. This year's concert features Joyce Moholoagae, Lwazi Ncube, Thembelani Luwaca, Bongani Zondi and Ross Butcher.

The audience will be greeted as they approach the City Hall by the sounds of the KZN Youth Wind Band which will be performing on the City Hall steps. Richard Cock will conduct the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the Durban Symphonic Choir, the Durban Men's Choir and the KZN Youth Choir. The programme will include a special tribute to celebrate the anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi but will feature other well-loved classics such as Fantasy on Sea Songs.

After the interval, the audience can join in the fun with their streamers, balloons and singalong with the ever popular Jerusalem. As tradition demands, the concert will finish with Elgar's Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 (“Land of Hope & Glory”) and Rule Britannia.

Adding to the volume will be the Caledonian and NMR Pipe Bands who will open the second half with the stirring Scotland the Brave and play after the concert on the City Hall steps. There will be an after-party with the Bee'z M Dee'z providing music and entertainment in the Basement Supper Room. Full Bar facilities run by the Durban South 143 Round Table, will be available before the concert and during the interval. Volunteers from Tafta will be serving tea & coffee.

Souvenir programmes, streamers and Hats will be on sale in the foyer before the concert to add to the festive atmosphere. Doors open at 18h30. Dress code is smart-casual, and for those who wish to party, the best of British red, white and blue. Ticket prices range from R45 to R75.

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