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Saturday, April 15, 2017


(Jacqueline Martens)

The next recital from Friends of Music takes place on April 25 at the Durban Jewish Centre. It will feature Jacqueline Martens and Sulayman Human.

Jacqueline Martens was born in South Africa and moved to UK when she was five years old. She has performed at venues such as Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and Eaton Square. In 2013 she played Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Chandos Symphony Orchestra and in 2014 took part in the sold-out concert in the Royal Albert Hall. Over the last two and a half years she has lead the London Firebird Orchestra. She is now on trial as an extra first violinist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra and will lead the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2017. She plays on a 1754 Bairhoff violin loaned to her by the Royal College of Music.

Sulayman Human was the youngest winner of the Lionel Bowman Beethoven Bursary Competition in 2010 but the first and only person to date to have won it whilst still in secondary school. In 2012, he won three competitions, namely, Hennie Joubert National Piano competition and Atterbury National Piano competition. In 2013, he was the overall winner of the SACS music competition and in 2015 he was a semi finalist at the 2015 UNISA National competition .

Their programme will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio in E major, K 261; Hendrik Hofmeyr’s Laumereva and Richard Strauss’s Sonata for violin and piano in E flat Major, op.18 followed by Ludwig von Beethoven’s Sonata no.1 in D Major op.12; Jules Massenet’s Meditation from Thais Camille, and Saint- Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op.28.

The Prelude Performer for the evening will be soprano Lungile Cele, a grade 12 student at Northlands Girls High School where she is learning music with Jenny Bonsignore. She will play Le Violette by Scarlatti; Yizwa Ukukhala Kwam by Qinisela Sibisi and Moonfall from The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes. Her accompanist will be Bobby Mills.

The recital will take place on April 25 at 07h30 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 K.E. Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. Tickets R100 (R80 FOM members; R20 Orchestral & Students):

Friends of Music is funded by the National Lotteries Commission.