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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


(Dr David Tidboald will be honoured at this concert)

The next concert in the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic’s World Symphony Season Series will be the Youth Concerto Festival taking place on September 29 in the Durban City Hall.

Each year, the KZNPO is proud to host this festival at which aspiring artists are awarded the opportunity of playing with the orchestra. Auditions are held across South Africa in Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Durban, and attract South Africa’s finest up-and-coming young musicians.

The winners of the auditions will perform a concerto movement, aria or concert piece with the KZNPO.

Conductor Lykele Temmingh leads the process of selecting the participants and directing them in concert. The annual event has become a primary outlet for South African musicians to launch their careers and audiences enjoy seeing a wide variety of music presented with a fresh perspective.

This concert will honour Dr David Tidboald, former principal conductor of the KZNPO and founder of the National Youth Concerto Festival. Now celebrating its 40th year, the festival started in Cape Town in 1971 when Dr Tidboald was principal conductor of the CAPAB orchestra (now the Cape Philharmonic) and entrants auditioned via cassette tapes. When Dr Tidboald moved to Durban in 1983 to conduct the Natal Philharmonic, the Festival moved with him. The event will also celebrate Dr Tidboald’s birthday which was on September 23.

The concert starts at 19h30 on September 29 and booking is at Computicket. There will be a pre-concert lecture held in association with Friends of Music in the Royal Hotel at 18h15.