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Wednesday, November 6, 2019


(Bongani Tembe at a rehearsal of the orchestra and choirs with conductor Daniel Boico)

The second concert in the KZN Philharmonic Spring Season 2019 will celebrate 25 years of Democracy in South Africa.

The concert takes place on November 7 in the Durban City Hall. The conductor will be Daniel Boico with soloist Matilda Lloyd, performing Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat Major.

Vocalists will be Khayakazi Madlala, (soprano); Joshua Littleton (boy-soprano); Nana Mkhize (mezzo-soprano); Menzi Mngoma (tenor); Njabulo Mthimkhulu (baritone) and Andile Dlamini (bass). Choirs include the Clermont Community Choir; Durban Symphonic Choir; Joyful Sounds and SA Singers.

The programme includes Koapeng’s Overture to Thina sizwe; Hofmeyr’s Partita Africana; Handel’s And the Glory of the Lord from Messiah; Sibisi N’s Uz’ungangilahli Jehova (Do not abandon me, Lord); and two works by Sibisi Q: Nkosi Sihawukele (Kyrie Eleison) and Mvana kaNkulunkulu (Agnus Dei) from Zulu Mass in B-flat.

Also featured will be Moerane’s Ruri’, ruri’, ketso tsa Rabohle and Haydn’s Sing the Lord Ye Voices All from The Creation as well as Mendelssohn’s Blessed are the men who fear Him and Thanks be to God from Elijah.

(Right: Daniel Boico)

The eclectic nature reflected in the wide-ranging repertoire performed in the selection of works to be heard here testifies to the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic’s honouring its mandate of addressing the rich cultural diversity that is celebrated among the communities it serves, both in terms of audience and performers.

For many years, South Africa has been world-renowned for its unsurpassed wealth of vocal gold, which continues to find expression not only in the steady stream of acclaimed young opera soloists who are carving careers for themselves on the international circuit but equally so in the field of choral singing, which for generations has thrived throughout this country, not least among the eastern seaboard communities. Choral competitions are eagerly contested by choirs across the nation, who are as adept at performing the great classics of master composers such as Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn, all represented here, as they are in embracing the musical creations of acclaimed home-grown composers such as Koapeng, Sibisi, Moerane and Hofmeyr.

(Left: Matilda Lloyd)

Juxtaposed among these choral chestnuts, Haydn’s celebrated Trumpet Concerto offers a thrilling debut platform for the young British trumpet virtuoso Matilda Lloyd to shine. A favourite of the trumpet repertoire and possibly Haydn’s most popular concerto, this work was composed in 1796 while the composer was working on his masterpiece, The Creation. Haydn was intrigued by a request for a concerto from Anton Weidinger, a trumpeter in the Vienna Court Orchestra, who invented a keyed trumpet along the lines of a woodwind instrument; with drilled holes in the body of the instrument, the player could easily raise the pitch in half-tone steps, enabling them to play chromatic passages. The modern trumpet has been greatly refined since Weidinger’s time, but the principle remains the same.

The concert takes place on November 7 in the Durban City Hall. Booking is through Computicket. To link direct to the KZN Philharmonic’s website click on the orchestra’s banner advert on the top of the page or visit

The next concert in the season takes place on November 14 at 19h30. Conductor: Roderick Cox. Soloist: Dmitry Shishkin, piano. Programme includes Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in b-flat minor and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in e minor.