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ORCHESTRA 2001 (article first published : 2001-04-6)

The British Cultural & Heritage Association presents Orchestra 2001, a fun and exciting project which aims to bring together all musicians - anyone who can read and play music, from all age and race groups in KZN. The idea is to create “The biggest Orchestra ever seen in Durban” for a musical concert.

Working on an initial grant from the Liberty Life Foundation, Orchestra 2001 comprises a massed orchestra under the baton of Richard Cock. The idea is to serve the interests of the arts, culture and musical education in Durban. Musicians will not be paid to take part. Rather they will need to pay a nominal fee of R20 each to participate to cover administration and music costs. A few bursaries for needy musicians are available on request.

This unique fun-filled afternoon of entertainment is planned to take place on July 28 or 29 from 16h30 to 18h00 at N-Shed at the T-Jetty sponsored by Portnet. The BCHA’s aim is to develop the arts in South Africa by making the concert accessible to all and supporting young musicians by launching them on the platform of the Orchestra 2001.

“We also want to encourage the general public to support orchestral music which forms an essential part of KZN’s cultural fabric; stimulate an interest in and an enthusiasm for orchestral music in Durban and promote musical education by assisting the KZN schools to involve pupils in the concert,” explains Chris Newton of the British Cultural & Heritage Association.

Formerly known as the KZN Branch of the 1820 Settlers Association of South Africa, this is a non-profit making, non-political organisation which promotes the best in British language, education, culture and heritage for the benefit of all the people of South Africa. It also sponsors the annual Inter-Schools Shakespeare Quiz of the National Creative Arts Youth Festival and has organised the popular Last Night of the Proms concert for the past 11 years.

Rehearsal will take place from 12h30 to 15h30 on the day of the concert and players must supply their own music stands.

More details from Chris Newton on (031) 202-6174 or fax 202-6228.




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