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Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Encouraging evidence that classical music is alive and well among young people in KZN. (Review by Michael Green)

The final concert of the year of the Friends of Music, in the Durban Jewish Centre, was, as usual, called Rising Stars and presented young performers of particular promise and ability.

The concert was organised in collaboration with the South African Society of Music Teachers and it presented nine performers, four of them singers, three pianists, a violinist and a saxophonist. It was attended by a sizeable audience of relatives and friends.

The performers, all of them from KwaZulu-Natal, ranged in age from 15 to 18. The programme covered many of the standard classics, from Handel to Bartok, with some modern popular music.

Obviously it would be unfair and unproductive to apply strict critical judgment to a concert of this kind. Suffice it to say that there was plenty of encouraging evidence that classical music is alive and well among young people in our part of the world, in spite of the many counter-attractions.

The performers were:

Nathalie Hartman, soprano, a Grade 12 pupil at Northlands Girls’ High School.
Kialan Pillay, aged 15, from Eden College, Durban, a pianist who played Mozart and Grieg.
Mitchell Green, 17, from Hilton College, saxophonist who, accompanied by Bobby Mills, played two pieces by Debussy.
Sabrina Loubser, 17, from Ashton College, Ballito, who performed songs by Debussy and Delius.
Tyrell Pillay, 17, pianist from Eden College, playing music by Mozart, Sergei Slominsky and Bartok.
Simesihle Nkosi, 18, singer from Eden College, songs by Schubert and Giulio Caccini.
Samantha Parle, 16, pianist from Durban Girls’ College, Mendelssohn, Ginastera and Gershwin.
Nontobeko Bhengu, 17, singer, Handel, Puccini and Gershwin.
Blake Perryman, 16, violinist from Kearsney College, playing Mozart.

 - Michael Green

Friends of Music is supported by the National Lotteries Commission.