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Saturday, March 17, 2012


(The Durban Chamber Choir)

A Sunday afternoon concert consisting of choral and instrumental works will be performed by the Durban Chamber Choir under the direction of Carol Stranex. They will perform the Requiem by Duruflé, Alleluia! Lobet den Heeren (Psalm 150) by Schütz and Litanies á la Vierge by Poulenc.

The Requiem was commissioned in 1947 and written in memory of Duruflé’s father. It is set in nine movements. The work will be accompanied by Dr Christopher Cockburn on the organ. It will be the first Durban performance of Psalm 150 by Schütz. In this performance, the choir and brass ensemble will be divided into two parts and placed on opposite sides of the church.

A brass ensemble drawn from the KZNPO will perform a number of classical and contemporary compositions in addition to accompanying the choir in several works. They will open the concert with a grand fanfare by Scheidt. In the second half, the ensemble will perform two fugues by J S Bach, Adiemus by Jenkins and the Pavane by Ravel. The concert will conclude with the audience and all performers joining in the singing of Thine be the Glory. This promises to be a very varied and popular afternoon’s entertainment.

The concert is a fundraiser for the eight Mater Homes throughout KwaZulu-Natal. Several of the Mater Homes provide moral and material support, shelter and counselling to women with “unwanted” pregnancies or a refuge for abused women. Five of the Mater Homes are HIV Hospices and Clinics which also provide centres for home based care and training; and day care facilities for children infected with or affected by AIDS. Mater Dei (Mother of God) is a skill development centre where ladies with babies or who are from an abused situation can learn skills which enable them to earn a living and support themselves.

The concert takes place on March 18 at 15h00 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Musgrave Road. Tickets R90pp on sale at the door on the day. Further information from Ian on