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Sunday, June 1, 2014


This afternoon (Sunday, June 1) in Pietermaritzburg, the Durban Chamber Choir, under the musical direction of Barbara Trofimczyk, together with the Montpelier Players, a locally-based professional ensemble directed by Geza Keyser, will present a unique concert of choral and instrumental music seldom heard in KZN. 

Central to the programme is the delightful Welcome to all Pleasures written in 1683 by Henry Purcell in celebration of the annual Festival of St Cecilia, the patroness of music. Other items on the programme include sacred works by Pierre de la Rue, Heinrich Schutz, and WA Mozart, an early String Quartet by Josef Haydn, and some lighter folk song arrangements. There are also various solo items.

Dr Chris Cockburn will be the guest conductor at both concerts.

Comprising a group of some 30 singers of all ages, The Durban Chamber Choir has been in existence since 1992 after the Errol Slatter Chorale, and later the Oriana Choir, disbanded. It is currently under the direction of Barbara Trofimczyk (formerly conductor of Durban Boys’ Choir). The aim of the choir is to make known the great wealth of small scale choral music, sacred and secular, composed throughout the ages from the Medieval era to contemporary times. The choir has in the past sung with Baroque 2000 and with the KZN Philharmonic, given public concerts, and participated in various church services.

The concert will take place in Pietermaritzburg at the Lutheran Church in Hayfields at 15h00. Tickets R50 (R20 concessions) available at the door. Further information from Barbara on 031 201 9739 or 072 328 0605, or email or contact