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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


(James Grace)

Popular Cape Town-based guitarist, James Grace, will perform in three Music Revival concerts in Kloof and Pietermaritzburg this month.

Grace is winner of the award for best male artist at the 2010 ABSA KKNK, and is one South Africa’s leading concert artists. Having recently performed with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in Kirstenbosch to more than 7,000 people, he will join forces with pianist, Christopher Duigan, for the recitals at the Tatham Art Gallery at 15h00 on February 19, Casa Mexicana at 35 Montgomery Road on February 21 and at St Agnes Church in Kloof on February 23.

The programme will include duo arrangements and improvisations on classic melodies, jazz standards, Latin milongas and Spanish fiestas. Fans can expect to hear Fields of Gold, Tico Tico, and Duigan’s own composition, Indigo.

In recent years Grace has appeared with the Cape Philharmonic, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Festival, the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the Free State Symphony. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London as a Foundation Scholar with Carlos Bonell – and, upon graduating, became the first guitarist in the history of the college to receive the Tagore Gold Medal, an annual award presented to the most outstanding student.

After spending two years in Doha, Qatar, where he taught guitar at an international music centre, Grace returned to SA and was appointed head of classical guitar studies at the University of Cape Town. He recently released his fifth solo album, World Café, under his own record label, Stringwise Records. His previous two releases Sevilla – Music of Spain II and Café Latino both topped the Classic FM Top 20 South African chart and earned Grace South African Music Award nominations for best popular classical album and best instrumental album respectively.

Widely regarded as one of South Africa's leading concert pianists, Christopher Duigan is a Steinway Artist. He has performed extensively with all leading South African orchestras in a repertoire of more than 25 concerti. He is committed to promoting concert performance, both his own and those of others, locally and further afield. He is the director of the Music Revival series, which he established in 1997. Major projects include the concert series at the Hilton Arts Festival, the Franschhoek Classic Music Festival and a series of performances by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

February 19 at Tatham Art Gallery: Tickets R80. Booking is preferred. Email or SMS or WhatsApp Music Revival at 083 417 4473. Secure parking is available next to the gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg.  Cafe Tatham will be open for lunch - booking is essential at 033 342 8327.

February 21 at Casa Mexicana. Tickets R150 includeg wine and refreshments from 19h00. Booking is essential via email at or through SMS and WhatsApp at 083 417 4473.

February 23 at St Agnes Church in Kloof. Tickets R100 include refreshments at interval. Booking is essential via email at or through SMS and WhatsApp at 083 417 4473. Alternatively call the church at 031 764 2037. Secure parking is available.

Please include contact numbers in all email and telephone bookings.

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