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Tuesday, July 31, 2018


(James Grace. Pic by Val Adamson)

Pietermaritzburg audiences should not miss an opportunity to enjoy a beautiful evening of music featuring world-class soloists, pianist Christopher Duigan and guitarist James Grace, at the Cordwalles Chapel in Wembley, Pietermaritzburg. The concert, presented by Music Revival, takes place on August 2, 2018.

"The chapel at Cordwalles Preparatory School  has recently been extended and now offers a wonderful performance space with very rewarding acoustics. We are looking forward to performing in this inviting stage and to bring our wonderful music and musicians to a new audience in Athlone, Wembley and surrounds,” says Duigan.

Duigan, one of South Africa’s leading concert pianists, can be heard in piano solos from his recent programmes of music by Gershwin and Debussy. Together with guitarist James Grace, the Duigan & Grace Duo, an usual combination of piano and guitar, has won a popular following at major festivals and on stages across South Africa.

Cape Town-based James Grace is a SAMA nominated artist with a string of successful recordings under his belt. Their programme together includes many of their own duo arrangements and improvisations on classic melodies, jazz standards, Latin milongas and Spanish classics. Their session will include Fields of Gold, Tico Tico and favourite Spanish guitar solos. Duigan’s own composition Indigo, a favourite at any Duigan and Grace concert, will complete the programme.

The concert on August 2 runs from 18h30 to 19h45. Tickets R120 (R60 scholars). Bookings (essential for catering purposes) are at email: or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (SMS or WhatsApp).

There will be complimentary soup and rolls or tea and coffee before the concert from 17h30.

The Chapel, Cordwalles Preparatory School, is situated at 101 Howick Road, Wembley in Pietermaritzburg. Secure parking is available on the school campus with access through the main gates of Cordwalles Drive (opposite Redlands Estate traffic lights).