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Saturday, January 19, 2019


(Janet Welch)

The classical music world was saddened to learn of the death of Janet Welch, former marketing manager of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra who died on December 27, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

At her special request, no funeral or memorial celebration was to be held.

Bongani Tembe, the CEO and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic remembers her fondly: “Janet was a very kind person and she loved the orchestra and supported me as CEO both in my work and personally. She was always pleasant to everybody – I don’t remember ever having had a single complaint about her. She was a lady and she epitomised dignity. She continued to love the orchestra and never missed a concert unless she was unwell. She shall be missed.”

Friend and colleague Stavros Anthias adds: “I knew Janet for over 20 years, and our symphony concerts seats were next to each other for all this time. She was an elegant, eloquent lady who was kindness and graciousness personified. She was always so caring of others, and had a wonderful sense of humour. She will be greatly missed.”

Welch also worked for the Clairwood Turf Club at one stage and The Sporting Post has carried a heartwarming tribute to her at