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STREET FESTIVAL A WINNER! (article first published : 2003-09-14)

On September 7, lovers of all music styles gathered in front of the Durban Music School in St Andrews Street in Albert Park for a fun-filled celebration of music. Organised by the DMS in association with Cell C and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the well-received programme included the KZNPO and five top KZN bands. Playing a number of styles from classical to pop, they wowed the crowd, not only from the Albert Park vicinity but also from different areas around the city.

The programme for the day kicked-off with a fine marching performance by the Field Band Foundation. This display quickly attracted people from the surrounding flats and before long there was a good buzz in the street. A brilliant four-member band, Jimmy and the Krickets, followed this performance with some jazz classics.

The biggest highlight of the day was the performance by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, which included the world premiere of the Heritage Overture, a work written for the orchestra by Ntuzuma composer Qinsela Sibisi. The piece has strong humorous elements and included snatches from Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica as well as popular traditional South African songs like Sarie Marais. The Heritage Overture forms part of the KZNPO's New Music Programme.

The SANDF Band gave a marching display and played some groovy music in concert and the top class KZN Youth Wind Band was undoubtedly another highlight of the day. The two bands are on the annual programme of the festival.

There was a strong police presence in St Andrews Street and the surrounding area with a contingent of mounted police. Even the horses seemed to enjoy the music!

“The festival is definitely an annual event and we will make it even bigger next year with a bigger crowd,” says the principal and chairperson of the Durban Music School, Werner Dannewitz. "The event is also part of the development campaign for the Albert Park area. An incident-free event like this proves the hard work of everyone involved in bettering this area."

Music lovers can be assured that the same security measures will be in place for the next big event – Awesome Africa Music Festival - which will take place from September 23 to 28 in Albert Park!

The Durban Music School acknowledges the kind support from Cell C. For information contact 031 304 1001.




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