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Saturday, October 17, 2015


(Christopher Cockburn)

More than 250 choral singers will perform in Let The People Sing!, a special festival of popular hymns and inspiration songs to be held in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on October 22.

The Michaelhouse Chapel Choir, Epworth Prep School and High School choirs and the Howick Choristers will sing individual numbers and combine for massed choral works in this festival of popular hymns and inspirational songs, which aims to bring together communities, audiences and choirs.

They will be accompanied by Christopher Cockburn on the magnificent City Hall pipe organ, pianist Christopher Duigan, brass players, Malcolm McKinley, Clair Cumming and Andrew Arbuckle, Bernard Kisbey-Green on timpani, Nafas Agha on cymbals and Serena Armstrong and Pierre Frenzel on violin. David Orr, head of music at Epworth, will conduct.

The concert was devised by Epworth’s Chaplain, Rev Frenchye Magee, and Orr who said: “It’s not a religious event, but it is a festival of sacred music ranging from Siyahamba to Thine Be the Glory.”

Members of the audience will be encouraged to join in with singing some of the popular hymns, said Magee, adding: “It will be a very uplifting experience for those who are able to come out and enjoy it.”

Let The People Sing! takes place on October 22 at 19h00 in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall and is supported by ParklaneSuperSpar, Msunduzi Municipality, CPW Printers, The Witness and Duigan’s Music Revival.

Tickets R100 (R80 children and scholars) booked through ParklaneSuperSpar on 033 342 3487. Money raised will benefit the Epworth Foundation Bursary Fund. Secure parking is provided in the City Hall precinct.