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Wednesday, October 13, 2010


(Pic: Marilyn Lourens and Mickey Chasomeris as Brittania and Beefeater standard symbols of British heritage)

The Playhouse Opera Theatre will be alive with glorious music and song for the Last Night of the Proms on October 23.

The British Cultural & Heritage Association/1820s captures the fun and unique atmosphere of this great musical occasion from the Royal Albert Hall and brings it to Durban audiences for it’s 21st year. Conducted by the much-loved Richard Cock, the programme includes the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban Symphonic Choir, Durban Girls College Choir and the Caledonian/NMR/Durban Regiment combined Pipe Bands and drummers. Also featured will be the Parker Studio of Celtic Dance and guest soloists Kwazi Makhanya, Kirsten Dey and Keziah Peel. This is one of the most fun, classical annual gala events on Durban’s music calendar!

After the interval, the audience can join with their streamers, flags and balloons and sing along with the ever-popular Jerusalem and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No.1. Adding to the mood will be the Caledonian/NMR/Durban Regiment Pipe Bands who will open the second half with the stirring Ode to Joy - they will also perform in front of the Playhouse entrance prior to the concert from 18h45.

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 operatic and popular works before a large appreciative audience. The concert thereby makes a meaningful contribution towards developing the wealth of artistic talent in KZN; helping South Africa’s youth 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 and the KZN Department of Arts and Culture for their valuable support.

Programmes, hats, streamers and flags will be on sale in the foyer before the concert to add to the festive atmosphere. Parking concessions available from the Royal Hotel and the Albany. Dress code is smart-casual, and for those who wish to party, the best of British red, white and blue.

The 21st concert Last Night of the Proms concert in Durban takes place on October 23 from 18h30 in the Playhouse Opera. Ticket prices range from R85 to R160. Book now at Computicket on 083-915 8000 / 011-340 8000 or at For more details contact the BCHA/1820s on 031 202 6174 during office hours.