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Sunday, May 10, 2020


The music continues to flow as we power through another week, and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra shares the mission of enriching your lives by offering innovative musical presentations. To celebrate Mother's Day, the KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras (KZNPO & JPO) delivered a virtual performance dedicated to moms for Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 10, 2020.

This virtual performance, produced by Bongani Tembe, features two of the most well-known lullabies - Brahms’ Wiegenlied and Thula Thula, with each musician recording their own performance at home based on an orchestral arrangement by Eddie Clayton. The video also features a mini show reel entitled “moments with mom,” which has been made by emerging filmmakers.

“On this Mother’s Day we pay tribute to our everyday heroines with the unique orchestral arrangement of these two timeless lullabies. We hope that this beautiful music will help all of us to reflect on the crucial and nurturing role that mothers play to make our world a better place. Like the joy of music, a mother’s love overflows forever and is essential to our wellbeing”, said Bongani Tembe, Artistic Director at the KZNPO and JPO.

Tembe added that “I specifically chose Brahms’ Lullaby since it is one of the most popular lullabies in the world; and decided to intertwine it with Thula Thula - a popular lullaby in Zulu culture, which has been sung by mothers to their babies over generations. Whilst these lullabies originate from different continents, they both radiate the universal power of unconditional love”.

Following on the success of Amazing Grace, which went viral, this performance is the second one of many more to come from the orchestras as the industry embarks on new ways to entertain and delight audiences during the COVID-19 national lockdown.

The internet has certainly allowed the show to go on – virtually, at least and the couch has become the best (and safest) seat in the house. Whilst the viewing of performance won’t be the same as a live concert for a while, we truly have seen the adaptability of the performing-arts.

The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra (JPO) is a not-for-profit Section 30 company and a public benefit organisation which was originally formed in May 2000 following the demise of the National Symphony Orchestra. The JPO went into business rescue in 2012, however, it was relaunched in August 2017 with a revitalised vision, a new brand identity and a diverse board of directors which is comprised of captains of industry and credible community leaders. The board is chaired by former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, with seasoned arts manager and Julliard School trained singer, Bongani Tembe, as the Chief Executive and Artistic Director. The relaunch of the JPO affirmed the organisation’s aspiration to be internationally recognised for its artistic excellence, innovation, education initiatives and community engagement programmes. For more information visit

The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is a not-for-profit company and a public benefit organisation, with a committed board of directors consisting of prominent business people and community leaders. The Orchestra is chaired by business luminary, Saki Macozoma, and ably led, for the past 25 years, by Bongani Tembe, an accomplished Juilliard School trained singer and seasoned arts manager. Tembe’s strong vision fosters high artistic values and a commitment to engaging with the diverse communities of South Africa. A comprehensive education, development and community engagement programme exposes more than 30,000 urban and township learners per year to music educational concerts. The Orchestra also has a rural residency programme which entails visits to rural areas working with local schools and communities. In addition, the Orchestra presents its flagship World Symphony Series (WSS), which features four seasons of symphony concerts at the Durban City Hall and the Playhouse Opera Theatre. To link direct to the KZNPO’s website click on the advert above this article of visit

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