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NEDBANK LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS (article first published : 2003-09-17)

The Durban City Hall will be alive with glorious music and song for the “Nedbank Last Night of the Proms” on October 4. The British Cultural & Heritage Association offers the opportunity of capturing the fun, unique atmosphere of this great music occasion which is now in its 14th year in Durban - Nedbank has been the generous sponsor since 1992.

Conducted by the much-loved Richard Cock, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban Symphonic Choir and the Caledonian/NMR Pipe Band will perform a variety of well known and lesser-known classical and traditional pieces including Hungarian Rhapsody, Sabre Dance and We all stand together.

The popular KZN Youth Wind Band will perform on the City Hall steps prior to the concert. After the interval, the audience can join in the fun with their streamers and balloons and sing along with the perennial favourite Jerusalem. Adding to the atmosphere will be the Caledonian and NMR Pipe Bands and the Celtic Dance Company who will open the second half with the stirring Mist Covered Mountains - the Pipers will also play after the concert on the City Hall steps.

The concert supports Youth Education and Development - it is not only a jubilant celebration of music but also a significant commitment to placing music high on Durban’s cultural agenda. The Proms concerts are a springboard for many up and coming young local artists giving them an opportunity to perform before a large audience singing or playing operatic and popular works. The concert thereby makes a meaningful contribution towards developing the wealth of artistic talent in KZN. Soloists this year will be Jackie Wedderburn-Maxwell (violin) and Ronette Bodenstein (vocalist). The Association sees the Last Night of the Proms as a long-term promotion of the arts in KZN and thanks Nedbank for their valuable support.

Full bar facilities run by the Durban South 143 Round Table will be available before the concert and during the interval. Keeping with tradition, volunteers from TAFTA will be serving tea and coffee. To round off this wonderful evening there will be an After Party with the Dee’z M Bee’z providing music and entertainment in the Basement Supper Room. Programmes, streamers and bashers will be on sale in the foyer before the concert to add to the festive atmosphere. Doors open at 18h30. Dress code is smart-casual, and for those who wish to party, the best of British red, white and blue.

Tickets range from R55 to R95. Booking opens at Computicket on September 1. More details from Chris or Adrienne on 031 202 6174 (office hours).




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