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ORCHESTRA 2002 (article first published : 2002-07-28)

Due to the resounding success of the first Orchestra 2001 concert last year, the British Cultural & Heritage Association has decided to run with the project once again on August 25. The venue has once again been generously sponsored by the National Ports Authority, so N-Shed at Durban Harbourís T-Jetty will be the setting for this exciting community project.

Nearly 300 musicians participated last year including steel drummers and the marching brass band while an audience of over 1000 thrilled to the sounds of this unique concert - it is hoped that the massed orchestra will be even bigger this year.

Plans are in place for the event and numerous musicians have expressed a desire to participate - conductor Richard Cock; the Arts, Culture & Youth Affairs Directorate; KZN Youth Orchestra; as well as a number of individuals are already on board so we anticipate another triumph. It is envisaged that this will become an annual event and an encouragement to the general public to maintain an interest and involvement in the arts and music specifically.

Through the Orchestra 2002 concert we are specifically striving: to provide a platform for all musicians, young and old, to develop their skills; to provide an opportunity for amateur musicians to play as part of a full orchestra in an official concert; to facilitate the development of cultural activities and the arts, fulfilling one of the British Cultural & Heritage Associationís roles in the local community.

Orchestra 2002 is a fun and exciting project which aims to bring together musicians from all age and race groups in KZN for a massed orchestral concert performed by the biggest Orchestra ever seen in Durban under the skilled conducting baton of Richard Cock. Anyone who can read and play music is encouraged to participate in the project which will provide a unique opportunity for musicians, young and old, to play as part of a massed orchestra.

All participants have to register to play either as individuals or as members of an existing group. Musicians are required to pay a nominal entry fee of R20 per person to participate to cover administration costs however bursaries covering the cost of entry fees for disadvantaged groups/musicians are available on request.

All those interested in participating as a musician or booking tickets can call 031 202-6174 or e-mail: bcha1820@global.co.za




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