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LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS (article first published : 2007-09-29)

The Durban City Hall will be alive with glorious music and song for the Last Night of the Proms on October 6. 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 18th year.

Conducted by the much-loved Richard Cock, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban Symphonic Choir, the Chesterville Choir, the Caledonian/NMR/Durban Regiment Pipe Band will perform a variety of well known and lesser-known classical and light classical pieces celebrating the anniversaries of Grieg, Sibelius, Coates and Elgar. Donít miss this distinctive gala event on Durbanís music calendar!

The British Cultural & Heritage Association is proud to host Voices for Hospices by opening the concert with the Hallelujah Chorus as part of a three-yearly international musical chain of concerts which create awareness for hospice and palliative care services. At precisely 19h30 local time, the piece will be sung in concerts which will be held in cities, towns and villages in every continent. The last Voices for Hospices involved more than 45 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and America linking more than 550 concerts around the globe.

Amongst other artists, the concert will include guest soloists from the OSCA Opera School at the University of KwaZulu-Natal: sopranos Khumbuzile Dlamini and Fae Evelyn; tenor Lukhanyo Moyake as well as nine-year-old violinist, Laura Osorhean. After the interval, the audience can join in the fun with their streamers and balloons and sing along with the ever-popular Jerusalem and Elgarís 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 Highland Cathedral. They will also perform in front of the City Hall steps prior to the concert from 18h30 and play after the concert in the City Hall foyer.

The concert is not only a jubilant celebration of music but also a significant commitment to placing music high on Durbanís 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 Africaís youth to reach their full potential.

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 be serving tea and coffee. To round off this wonderful evening there will be the long-established fun After Party with the Deez & Beez providing the music and entertainment. 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.

Last Night of the Proms takes place at 19h30 on October 6 in the Durban City Hall. Staggered ticket prices range from R65 to R120 booked through Computicket. More information from Adrienne or Lynne on 031 202 6174 (office hours).




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