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Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Concert in Durban Music School’s new concert hall a most pleasurable event. (Review by Keith Millar)

The KZN Youth Orchestra’s Gala Concert, performed at the Durban Music School’s new concert hall, proved to be a most pleasurable event.

It was without doubt one of the most enjoyable concerts I have been to for some time. To see these talented youngsters playing together with such enthusiasm and pleasure was a heart-warming and joyful experience.

The fact that they played so well was the cherry on the top.

The 40 piece orchestra was conducted by their astute mentors, Lykele Temmingh who is Resident Conductor for the KZNPO, and Cathy Peacock who is a trumpeter with the KZNPO, and the leader of the marvellous jazz band, Platform Jazz.

The programme featured an eclectic selection of music which included everything from the Renaissance and Baroque works through to items from the contemporary classic, jazz and pop genres.

Being a classical music fan, my favourites pieces performed were Ancient Airs and Dances by Ottorini Respighi which is from the Renaissance period, and Bach’s Baroque masterpiece, Sheep May Safely Graze.
Also notable were Bill Holcombe’s Saxanova which featured a confident performance young saxophonist Abby McArthur and Quincy Jones’ Soul Bossa Nova which highlighted the talents of the exciting drummer Callula Clay-Smith.

The concert was also enriched by the appearance of guest singers from Crawford North Coast School. They provided the vocals for Michael Bublé’s Sway, Beautiful by the Parlotones and Miriam Makeba’s iconic Pata Pata.

It takes considerable dedication along with skill and talent to produce a performance of this standard. The success of this concert is testament to the effort which has been made in this regard. The orchestra along with their teachers and their parents need to be commended for their commitment the KZNYO.

The KZN Youth Orchestra has recently taken up residence at the Durban Music School. This is a collaboration which should prove hugely beneficial to both parties. The new concert hall at the music school is a pleasant and functional venue. Hopefully we can look forward to many more inspirational performances at this venue.

The KZN youth Orchestra consists of young musicians ranging from 12 to 23 years of age from all around KZN.

Auditions will be held in the last weekend of October at Durban Music School. Any youngsters wishing to join the orchestra may make an appointment to audition by emailing – Keith Millar