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MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS (article first published : 2002-04-3)

An innovative and colourful programme has been compiled for the Music in the Mountains Festival to be held on the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School campus in the Central Drakensberg from April 26 to 29.

A feature of the Festival is the première of the Drakensberg Oratorio, specially written by Christian Ashley-Botha, conductor and musical director of the DBC, to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the founding of the choir school. This work “describes the conflict between Nature and Man, the evolution of the mountains over time, with only the soaring eagle remaining unaffected, the destruction of the forests, and rain linking the different cycles of life. “

The programme presented by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir will also include a variety of classical and contemporary works. In a tribute to the kaleidoscope that is the South African way of life, the Choir will perform in several languages and incorporate traditional instruments in its routines.

The 2002 Festival also features concerts by artists such as Danièle Pascal, Laurika Rauch, Eden, Dozi, the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Richard van der Westhuizen and Lochner de Kock. One of the highlights of the festival will be a special performance by John Fletcher, direct from the United Kingdom and currently touring South Africa. His show, Songs for all time is a treat for all lovers of good music as John gives a profound and dramatic interpretation of some of the world’s most popular songs. This show has been voted “Best Music Show of the Year” by the UK Concert Review and consists of a mix of classical and light music.

Another favourite returning to Music in the Mountains is Danièle Pascal. Her show Nostalgia explores the themes of love, loss, faith and the dance of life with a sense of joyousness and melancholy that is intensely personal.

The 2002 Music in the Mountains Festival is a celebration of life and music in the beautiful setting of the Drakensberg. More information as well as bookings from Marthie on 036 468-1012.




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