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Monday, January 8, 2018


(Miriam Kramer & Nicholas Durcan)

Friends of Music’s first recital of its 2018 series will take place on January 16 and will feature Miriam Kramer (violin – UK) accompanied by Nicholas Durcan (piano – UK).

Miriam Kramer began studying the violin at the age of four, giving her first public performance at the age of seven. Since then she has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, Kennedy Centre (USA), Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St. David’s, Queen Elizabeth Hall, (UK) and Theatre Champs Elysees (France). She has been praised by Strad Magazine as been a “violinist of superior natural talent, an exceptionally sensitive interpreter and a phrase maker of uncommon expressivity” and by the NY Times as “soulful and virtuosic”

Nicholas Durcan studied piano and organ at the Royal Academy of Music where he won many prizes. From 1980 to 1982, he was organist at Westminster Cathedral and in 1983 made his concerto debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. He performs regularly in the USA and has given solo and chamber music recitals in Sweden, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He is also an acclaimed jazz pianist and appears regularly with London's top jazz musicians.

The programme includes Béla Bartók’s Romanian Dances; J S Bach’s Adagio ma non tanto (From Sonata No. 3 in E Major), Edward Elgar’s Sonata in E Minor Op. 82 and Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestucke Op. 73. Also to be performed will be Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Libertango; Ernest Bloch’s Nigun (from Baal Shem) and Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen Op. 20.

The Prelude Performer for the evening will be talented pianist and violinist Rachel Wedderburn-Maxwell who is a 15 year-old learner at Durban Girls College. She will perform Mendelssohn’s Rondo and Capriccioso Op 14 on Piano and the Kreisler's Praeludium and Allegro on Violin. Her accompanist is Molly Chen.

Tickets R120 (R100 FOM members and R20 Orchestral / Students) available at the door.

The concert will take place at 19h30 on January 16 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 Old Fort Road (K.E. Masinga Road), Durban. There is safe parking. For more information visit