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LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS (article first published : 2005-09-16)

The Durban City Hall will be alive with glorious music and song for the Last Night of the Proms on October 8. It will be a special traditional concert with a nautical theme due to the anniversary of the death of Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The British Cultural & Heritage Association offers the opportunity of capturing the fun, unique atmosphere of this great music occasion from the Royal Albert Hall and brings it to Durban audiences for its 16th year.

Conducted by the much-loved Richard Cock, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban Symphonic Choir, the East Coast Choristers and the Caledonian/NMR/Durban Regiment Pipe Band will perform a variety of well-known and lesser-known classical and light classical pieces including the Nelson Mass, the overture from Pirates of Penzance and Handel’s Water Music.

The popular KZN Youth Wind Band will perform on the City Hall steps prior to the concert from 18h30. Amongst other artists, the concert will include Zenneth Cibane and Selby Hlangu, both students at the Opera School at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

After the interval, the audience can join in the fun with their streamers and balloons and sing along with the ever-popular Jerusalem and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No.1. Adding to the atmosphere will be the Caledonian/NMR/Durban Regiment Pipe Bands who will open the second half with the stirring Scotland the Brave followed by a special arrangement of Amazing Grace for orchestra and pipes - the Pipers will also play after the concert on the City Hall steps.

The concert 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 operatic and popular works. The concert thereby makes a meaningful contribution towards developing the wealth of artistic talent in KZN; helping South Africa’s youth to reach their full potential. The Association sees the Last Night of the Proms as a long-term promotion of the arts in KZN and thanks the Durban public for their valuable support.

Run by the Durban South 143 Round Table, full bar facilities will be available before the concert and during the interval. Keeping with tradition, volunteers from TAFTA will serve tea and coffee. To round off this exciting evening there will be the long-established After Party with the Dee’z & 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.

Staggered ticket prices range from R65 to R120. Book now for a fun-filled evening performed by talented musicians. Book through Computicket. More details from Chris or Adrienne on 031 202 6174 during office hours.




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