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Monday, August 19, 2019


(Nafas Frenzel)

Fun, fellowship and lots of spirit run through the Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society’s (PAMS) Feel The Spirit concert at Cordwalles Preparatory School in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

The programme includes several favourites from the choral repertoire, but this time the focus is on secular and entertaining music.

Five famous evocative spirituals from a cycle of seven spirituals, Feel the Spirit by John Rutter will get the spirit moving. Rutter arranged the music for mezzo-soprano soloist, choir and orchestra/piano. Japan-born Nafas Frenzel will be the guest soloist for the occasion.

Frenzel is a musician and music teacher (voice and drums). She was born and raised in Japan, being an instrumentalist since the age of 9. She developed her passion for music and advanced her skills when she came to South Africa to study at Epworth High School in 2013. Singing became her main focus, as she was involved with several choirs, including the KZN Midlands Youth Choir. During her time at Epworth she was trained as a soloist under Johan Grobler. After matriculating, she achieved her DipABRSM in singing under Simon Bester and continues to grow as a young soprano.

The second part of the programme includes music from Broadway Musicals – a medley from Oklahoma and highlights form The Sound of Music. Also included will be The Exodus Song from the 1960 film Exodus and the old-time favourite Hello Dolly from the American romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name.

The Drakondale Girls Choir will join the PAMS choir and perform a few songs from their light, entertaining music programme.

Botes Gresse will conduct the PAMS and Drakondale Girls’ Choirs and Jacques Heyns and Matthew Hoffman will accompany the choirs respectively.

The concert takes place at 15h30 on August 25 at Cordwalles Preparatory School in Pietermaritzburg. Tickets R70 available at the door. Contact Helen White (Chair) on 083 264 5705 or Judy Lawrence (Secretary) on email: for more information