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Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Exciting and glorious collaboration of extremely talented young performers. (Review by Keith Millar)

Durban Girls College was the place to be last Saturday evening when the School’s Music Department hosted the KZN Youth Orchestra and the Drakensberg Boys Choir in a rousing concert of marvellous music.

There was some serious talent on show as all the young folk who were involved performed with, exuberance, panache and elation. The result was a magical evening of heart-warming and inspirational entertainment that will be long remembered by the appreciative audience.

The concert started with a performance by the DGC Marimba Band conducted by Calvin Human. The girls played with infectious energy and enthusiasm and set the tone for what was to follow.

Durban Girls College has a history of producing outstanding choirs under the tutorship of the Head of the Music Department at the School, Ronel Perks. The 2016 vintage is no different, producing a soaring performance of American Pie and Mr Bojangles. Soloist Sarah Kitching was excellent in singing Linda Perry’s What’s Up.

The Drakensberg Boys Choir, conducted by Charlotte Botha, showed why they have such an impressive international reputation with a performance of considerable class.The influence of the School’s Musical Director, Bernard Kruger, who has won several gold medals at the Choir Olympics with the Kearsney High School, is apparent in the style of performance the Drakies delivered.

After interval, the audience were treated to a performance by the DSG Orchestra which was conducted Cathy Peacock. This is a very skilled and well-rehearsed ensemble and no less than 13 of their members are part of the KZN Youth Orchestra.

The KZN Youth Orchestra is conducted by the KZNPO resident conductor Lyk Temmingh. He has excellent rapport with the young players and always seems to get a first-rate performance from them. They presented an enjoyable mix of light classical music and lighter items.

The KZN Youth Orchestra was then joined on stage by the Drakensberg Boys Choir and the choir and orchestra of DGC for a performance of an eclectic selection of wonderful songs. Amongst others we heard Sway, Tequila, Viva la Vida, New York New York and Pata Pata.

 It was an exciting and glorious collaboration of extremely talented young performers which brought a very special occasion to a close. Part of the proceeds from the concert were donated to the CANSA Mkhhula Care Home. – Keith Millar