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Saturday, January 31, 2015


(Sir James Galway)

Great news for South African concert goers! Sir James Galway, living legend of the flute and a leading icon in the world’s classical music arena for many years, will tour South Africa at the helm of the internationally renowned Zurich Chamber Orchestra and select members of the South African National Youth Orchestra early in February.

Hosted by the South African National Youth Orchestra and supported by the Embassy of Switzerland and Pro Helvetia, the Galway-Zurich Chamber Orchestra lightning tour of South Africa will include a performance in the magnificent Durban City Hall, South Africa’s largest acoustic venue, on February 9 at 19h00 in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic.

Other concert dates include Johannesburg (February 6), Pretoria (February 7) and Cape Town (February 11)

Works to be featured on the programme include Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No 59 in A Major, popularly known as The Fire Symphony, composed in 1769; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1778 virtuoso showpiece, the Flute Concerto in G Major; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Serenade for Strings in C Major, composed in 1880; and the engaging Concerto for 2 Flutes in G Major by the late 18th century composer, Domenico Cimarosa, in which Sir James Galway shares the solo spot with his wife, the distinguished flautist, Lady Jeanne Galway.

The concert in the Durban City Hall takes place at 19h00 on February 9. Tickets range from R140 to R450 booked through Computicket or call 0861 915 8000 or book online at