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Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Young musicians showed that classical music is alive and well. (Review by Michael Green)

The annual Rising Stars concert organised by the Friends of Music provided, as usual, a platform for talented young performers from KwaZulu-Natal.

A big audience, mainly family and friends, attended the concert at the Durban Jewish Centre and gave enthusiastic applause to nine musicians aged between 16 and 18. All of them are either at school or have just finished school.

In a programme ranging from Bach to Lloyd Webber they showed that, notwithstanding the counter-attractions, classical music is alive and well among the youth of our part of the world.

Much credit is due to the South African Society of Music Teachers, who collaborated with the Friends of Music in presenting this concert, and to the parents who have supported and encouraged these students.

Sitting near me was a man who had driven from Mtunzini, a two-hour journey each way, to hear his granddaughter play the flute, and her parents had come from Pietermaritzburg.

The level of performance was generally good, with the players showing skill, poise and, in some cases, a touch of glamour!

The performers were: Nathalie Hartman, singer, from Northlands Girls’ High School, Durban; Joshua Stapleton, piano, from Ashton International College, Ballito; Tumelo Zondi, singer, from Eden College, Durban; Morgan Rowland, flute, from Wykeham Collegiate, Pietermaritzburg; AnĂ© Dippenaar, singer, from George Campbell High School, Durban; Sarah Camp, cello, from St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls, Kloof; Courtney Perrett, piano, from Durban Girls’ College; Arliya Peters, singer, from Northlands Girls’ High, and Kirsten Moody, flute, from Wykeham Collegiate. - Michael Green