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Monday, November 15, 2021


(Left: Andrew Warburton)

Friends of Music will present Andrew Warburton (piano) and Ralitza Macheva (violin) on November 21 at 15h00 at the Durban Jewish Centre.

The programme will feature virtuoso works for violin and piano from the 19th century:

Beethoven: Sonata no.8 in G major, Op. 30 no 3

Brahms: Sonata no. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Fauré: Sonata no 1 in A major, Op.18

Andrew Warburton is acknowledged as one of the finest solo pianists and accompanists in South Africa. He is presently Lecturer in Piano, Director of the Opera School and Choral Academy, and head of Western Classical Performance Studies at the UKZN School of Music. He graduated with a PhD in piano performance in 2018.

(Right: Ralitza Macheva)

Ralitza Macheva was born in Bulgaria. She relocated to South Africa in 2000 where she is the Co-Principal Second Violinist of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Durban. 

Her strong devotion to music of the Baroque era resulted in her appointment as Leader of the Durban-based orchestra.

Prelude Performers

(Left: Mingmei & Gongxuan Zhang)

Friends of Music welcomes back to the Friends of Music stage the brilliant young sisters Mingmei and Gongxuan Zhang. Both are learners at Our Lady of Fatima School in Durban North and are the recipients of many awards and prizes for their piano playing.

They will be joined at this concert by their young brother Zhehan. He is a grade three pupil at Chelsea Preparatory School. He has been learning to play the piano for only six months. Their teacher is Liezl-Maret Jacobs Livingstone.

(Right: Zhehan Zhang)

Their programme includes:

Mingmei: The Lark by M Glinka/Balakirev

Zhehan & Gongxuan: Mrs Van Der Blond by Elna Cobb

Gongxuan: Paganini Variations in the style of modern jazz by Fazil Say

Tickets are R120 (R100 FOM members). Due to Covid regulations, pre-bookings will be necessary (You may still pay at the door)

Seats may be booked via or phone 0715051021 or 0832537935

All Covid protocols will be observed

The Durban Jewish Centre is situated at 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road. Safe parking on site is available.