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ORCHESTRA CONCERT (article first published : 2003-07-16)

Make music with Richard Cock in the third annual “Orchestra” concert on July 27 at 14h30 at N-Shed - NPA Passenger Terminal on Durban Harbour's T-Jetty.

This unique massed orchestral concert is open to anyone who can read and play music. An exciting musical project it is presented by The British Cultural & Heritage Association ([KZN Branch of The 1820 Settlers Association).

Last year over 155 musicians participated in the second ‘Orchestra’ concert including the marching brass Field band and dancers while an audience of over 800 thrilled to the sounds of this unique event. Music Kits with scores will be ready for collection shortly.

Special mention must be made of the much-appreciated sponsors who make this event possible: The N-Shed NPA Passenger Terminal has been generously sponsored by the National Ports Authority and as the concert venue it is practical - being central with ample parking - and attractive as it is situated on the harbour jetty with a view of the bay and the city. Sincere thanks also go to the KZN Arts & Culture Council for their Project Grant and to Regma for Printing.

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. Bursaries are also available to cover transport costs on the condition that payment was made directly to the transport service. The Field Band Foundation and the KZN Youth Orchestra benefited from bursaries last year.

The concert day will begin with the rehearsal scheduled from 11h30 to 14h00. It is important to note that this will be the first time that the musicians come together as a group to practice as a unique massed orchestra. (This indicates the high level of expertise required on the conductor’s part). It is expected that all participants will be fully conversant with the prescribed music prior to the rehearsal - participants are encouraged to be thoroughly prepared and rehearsed in order to ensure that the concert is a successful “team effort”. The concert can be an amazing experience for all involved if everybody strives to perform at their best.

The audience will be welcomed by a performance by the Field Band Foundation marching brass band and their dancing girls. The main concert will run from 15h00 to 16h30. The 2002 music programme included the SA National Anthem, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Colonel Bogey, Belle of the Ball, Radetsky March, Espana, a medley from The Phantom of the Opera and Ag Please Daddy. The ever-popular Shosholoza and Masiti Amen were real hits with the audience. The 2003 programme is being finalised and the music will be announced shortly.

Register to play now on 031 202 6174 or e-mail: orchestra@global.co.za




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