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Friday, August 12, 2011


(Conductor Richard Cock)

The annual “Orchestra” concert is an exciting project presented by the British Cultural & Heritage Association/1820s which aims to bring together musicians from all age and cultural groups for a fun musical concert by a massed orchestra under the baton of charismatic conductor Richard Cock. The programme will also include the Field Band Foundation’s marching brass band from Inanda Seminary and the Steel Drum Foundation Band from St Nicholas School in PMB.

It is a unique concert and a popular part of the Durban music calendar – the organisers aim to gather the largest ad-hoc massed orchestra in South Africa with one of the concert highlights being a wonderful combined piece for the Field Band, Steel Drums and orchestra. The last ten concerts were a resounding success and the 11th is set to be a bumper event!

The “Orchestra” concerts are an exciting project which aim to bring together musicians of all abilities for a musical concert with a massed orchestra to serve the interests of the arts, culture and musical education in Durban.

Anyone who can read and play music is encouraged to participate – over 215 individual musicians registered to play in the 2010 project. This does not include the members of the Field Marching Band and the Steel Drum Foundation who are popular participants in the event. The concerts have done much to generate a renewed interest in amateur performing while supporting and creating awareness for the arts in KZN.

The organisers pay tribute to Corobrik for their valued project support. The audience will be welcomed at 14h30 by a performance by the Field Band Foundation’s marching brass band and their dancers, followed by an energetic performance by the Steel Drum Foundation.

The event takes place at the Indoor Sports Centre, Westville Campus, UKZN, on August 21 with a rehearsal at 11h00 followed by the concert at 14h30. Tickets available from the BCHA/1820 office which is situated on the premises of the Berea Bowling Club on the corner of Brand and Ferguson Roads, Glenwood or at the door on the day.

There is unreserved seating: R55 (R40 for pensioners/students/children). For further details about registration as a musician and/or booking tickets, contact the organisers, the British Cultural & Heritage Association/1820 Settlers on 031 202 6174 or e-mail