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Saturday, July 17, 2010


Corobrik Orchestra 2010 invites al musicians to take part on August 1.

All musicians who play orchestral instruments are urged not to miss the Corobrik Orchestra 2010 concert which will be held at the Indoor Sports Centre on the Westville Campus of UKZN on August 1.

Last year over 170 individual musicians registered to play in the ninth ‘Orchestra’ concert - the event was a wonderful success offering much fun for all involved. Joining them were members of the Steel Drum Foundation band from St Nicholas School and approximately 100 members of the Field Band Foundation marching brass musicians and dancers from Inanda Seminary.

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 acclaimed conductor Richard Cock.

“To mark our 10th concert milestone, we are attempting a South African record,” says Adrienne Doherty Bigara, BCHA/1820 Branch Manager, “gathering the largest ad-hoc massed orchestra in South Africa for a wonderful combined piece for the Field Band/Steel Drum/Orchestra. We aim to make it a bumper event.”

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 11h00 - the players get together for the first time on the day of the concert!

These 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 R30pp to cover administration costs – however, bursaries covering the cost of entry fees for disadvantaged groups /musicians are available on request.

Corobrik is to be acknowledged for their valued support of this project. Registration is now open – contact the British Cultural & Heritage Association/1820s during office hours on 031 202 6174 for forms and details.