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SUCCESSFUL KEARSNEY FEST (article first published : 2004-06-14)

Hundreds of music lovers enjoyed the autumn ambience and a fine eclectic mix of music at the first Kearsney College Music Festival held at the college campus this weekend from June 11 to 13.

On the strength of the support and success of the weekend, Kearsney have committed to hosting the festival again next year with the intention of it becoming an annual event.

"We want to build on the idea and continue to make the festival a platform for music in all its genres: from choral to opera, from cabaret to classical," said Kearsney teacher Adam Rogers from the festival committee.

Music was the focus of the inaugural festival with the Kearsney Choir and KwaZulu Windband playing to particularly enthusiastic audiences. Productions featuring the youthful performers were interspersed with professional musicians. Among the line-up was a recital featuring the KZNPO wind soloists joined by Christopher Duigan on piano in an all Mozart & Beethoven programme; an Organ Recital featuring Patrick Harty and also Moscow Nights featuring the popular Kerimov Trio. Andrew Warburton joined three outstanding stars from the Opera School and Vocal Academy of UKZN in a programme of popular opera and Neapolitan songs in Opera is Calling Me! The classical programme was interspersed with some musical theatre favourites: Beautiful Noise; Brutal Tunes and Good Vibrations.

A particular highlight was the open air "buskers stage" with the magnificent backdrop of autumn trees where punters enjoyed a free Saturday sundowner concert featuring Lounge Act and Kerry de Witt and Colin Peddie as well as some enthusiastic Kearsney College choir and music students.

The music was complemented by a fine art exhibition, a craft market and a mosaic workshop. The idea was to embrace the autumn chill with "warm" music; red wine; open braziers; hot-chocolate, gluwein, butternut soup and toasted marshmallows.

"We are all thrilled that it went so well and got the support that it did. We salute Kearsney for supporting the arts and look forward to next year’s event. We also wish to acknowledge the sponsors who helped make the festival financially possible – especially Suncoast Casino and Entertainment Centre and the Zulu Kingdom," said Festival Director Sue Clarence.




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