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JANET WELCH (article first published : 2004-12-22)

I would like to respond to the letter from the person named “professional trumpeter, London” who wrote regarding your review on Artsmart on the KZNPO/LSO at the Barbican concert.

He – or she – is, of course, entitled to his/her opinion, but it is funny that he/she is challenging you to refrain from saying that “Bongani and Linda were in fine voice” during this performance. We believe you, as Editor of Artsmart and a person who was in the audience at the Barbican, are also entitled to your opinion which seems to be in line with many members of the LSO and management, the SABC, BBC and over 30 positive commentary inputs that we have received.

The final judge, however, was the almost 2,000-strong audience at the Barbican who gave the soloists, choirs and orchestras a well-deserved standing ovation.

I might add that the artists received similar treatment in Germany - that is, standing ovations lasting about 15-20 minutes. As a result of this stunning success, Linda, Bongani and one of the choirs have been invited for a tour of 15 major German cities in 2005 together with an accomplished European orchestra. We hope some of our KZNPO members will also be involved.

Further, the LSO was so thrilled with our collaboration that they are now exploring dates of a possible South African tour.

Janet Welch (Marketing Manager. KZN Philharmonic Orchestra)




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