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Sunday, June 5, 2016


June is always seen as the month to celebrate youth in South Africa. On June 18, Durban Girls’ College will host what promises to be an concert that showcases talented musical youth.

Entitled Shining Stars, the concert will feature the world renowned Drakensberg Boys’ choir and the Durban Girls’ College High School choir and orchestra. The Umhlanga College choir will make a guest appearance with two choral items and the KZN Youth Orchestra will also perform some popular orchestral works. In the second half they will team up and accompany soloists from DGC and the Drakensberg Boys’ choir. The evening will end with two massed choir and orchestral items.

The KZN Youth Orchestra recently performed with the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir at their Music in the Mountains Festival at the end of April and their concert was a resounding success, being the first one to be sold out at the festival and ended with a standing ovation.

The first half of the concert on June 18, will feature marimbas from DGC conducted by Calvin Human and the three choirs - Umhlanga College Choir conducted by Heidi Huizinga, Durban Girls’ College choir conducted by Ronel Perks and there will be some fascinating choral pieces rendered by the Drakensberg Boys' choir under the directorship of Bernard Kruger and Charlotte Botha. The second half will feature the KZNYO under the batons of Lyk Temmingh and Cathy Peacock, performing such favourites as Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance no. 5”, Tchaikovsky’s March Slav and the ever-popular Radetsky March.

Some of the lighter music will feature soloists from DGC and the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and there will be popular songs such as Sway, New York New York and Over the Rainbow.

Part of the proceeds of the concert will go to The CANSA Mkhuhla Care Home .This first opened its doors in 1975 to cancer patients and has since made it possible for more than 12,000 people with cancer to access life-saving treatment in Durban. The Home provides full accommodation including all meals and transport to and from the treatment centres. 24-hour care and support is provided in a holistic, therapeutic environment. It is the only facility of its kind in KwaZulu-Natal. It is financed by CANSA’s own fundraising and by donation from the public. It receives no governmental assistance or has any stable source of finance.

The Shining Stars concert will take place at Durban Girls’ College Hall in Musgrave Road on June 18 at 18h30. Tickets R100 (R80 pensioners and scholars). Booking is essential through Tania Borman on email