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ORCHESTRA 2007 (article first published : 2007-06-29)

All musicians who play orchestral instruments are urged not to miss the Orchestra 2007 concert which will be held at N-Shed NPA Port of Durban at the Durban Harbour T-Jetty on August 19.

Registration is now open –call 031-202 6174 for forms and details. The concert is a wonderful opportunity for amateurs to play in a massed orchestra.

Last year, over 140 musicians registered to play in the sixth Orchestra concert - the event was a wonderful success and lots of fun for all those involved. Joining them were 37 members of the Steel Drum Foundation band from St Nicholas School and 70 members of the Field Band Foundation marching brass musicians and dancers from Chesterville and Umlazi.

The concert is an annual highlight on Durban’s music calendar and aims to bring together musicians from all age groups in KZN for a massed orchestral concert performed under the skilled conducting baton of Richard Cock.

Anyone who can read and play orchestral music is encouraged to participate in the project which will provide a unique opportunity for musicians young and old to play as part of a massed orchestra. Players will receive music packs on registration and have to practise the pieces in preparation for the rehearsal which is held on the morning of the concert from 11h30. The players get together for the first time on the day of the concert!

The concerts have done much to generate a renewed interest in amateur performing while supporting and creating awareness for the arts in KZN. All participants have to register to play and are required to pay a nominal fee of R20 per person to cover administration costs. However, bursaries covering the cost of entry fees for disadvantaged groups /musicians are available on request.

Sincere thanks go to the sponsors the National Ports Authority, REGMA, Unicommercial Printers & Uni-Copy and Stationers for their continued support. For further details contact the organisers, the British Cultural & Heritage Association, on 031 202 6174 or e-mail bcha1820@global.co.za




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