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ST ANDREWS STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL (article first published : 2002-11-19)

St Andrews Street will hum to the sounds of music and fun on November 24 as the street hosts its first music festival between 11h00 and 16h00.

The festival has been organised by the Durban Music School and local residents who hope that the event will stimulate interest in musical education and at the same time show the public how the area has been upgraded.

A variety of performers will play unplugged (non-amplified) music, ranging from favourite tunes to popular light classics and marches. Well-known local musicians will include the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band, Jimmy and the Krickets (Dixieland jazz), the South African National Defence Force Band, Martin Sigamoney (keyboards) and Brian Thusi (trumpet).

The Field Band Foundation will also take part and the Durban Metro Mounted Police will be on hand to introduce themselves and their magnificent horses to the people. There will also be locally produced crafts, food and drink on sale.

St Andrews Street has seen some improvements recently. The Diakonia Centre and the Durban Music School have both undertaken renovations and are keen to display their ‘new look’ to the public. One of the main aims of this event is to raise awareness of the area and many of the musicians are connected in some way to the Durban Music School.

Werner Dannewitz, the school’s director and well-known, local clarinetist is very excited about the festival. “The Durban Music School and all of the other musicians have worked very hard to put together a fun musical programme which has something for everyone,” he says. “It will be a great opportunity for the people of Durban to see who we are and hear what we can do. I hope that this festival will encourage more people to study music and to see just how beneficial and enjoyable a musical education can be.”

The St Andrews Street Music Festival promises to be a great day out for the whole family and all the entertainment is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring a cushion or chair and a picnic and soak up the atmosphere of music and fun.

More details from the Durban Music School on 031 304 1001.




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