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Sunday, May 22, 2022


(Andile Mthethwa (percussion); Mendy Mchunu (trumpet) and Sanele Qwabe (tuba) from the Durban Music School, KZN Youth Wind Band with Tshepho Ntswelengwe from the KZN Philharmonic and Ella Scharler (clarinet) from the Durban Girls High School, KZN Youth Wind Band)

The Pop Opera Concert with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra with Natalie Rungan and Njabulo Nzuza and the KZN Youth Wind Band has had to be postponed due to bad weather.

The concert, planned for May 22 at Glenwood High School Dixon’s Field, will now take place on Father’s Day, June 19, at the same time and at the same venue.

The concert was to feature the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, with soloists Natalie Rungan and Njabulo Nzuza, and the KZN Youth Wind Band. The concert will now be crafted around a Father’s Day theme.

“All weather reports indicate we are in for a rainy and cold weekend – not ideal for an outdoor music concert!  The sports grounds will be wet, which will be unpleasant for our guests. While we know this is hugely disappointing, we didn’t want a potentially fabulous afternoon of great music to be spoilt by the weather,” said producer, Darin Samuels.

“As we are being hosted by Glenwood Boys High, to offer something fun, engaging and accessible for the boys to do with their fathers and families on Father’s Day felt like an elegant solution. It is also the week of Youth Day, too, which is a fitting time to honour our young performers – the KZN Youth Wind Band,” said Samuel. “We invite all Durbanites – young and old, and especially Fathers, to spend the day with us” adds Samuels.

The Siza Foundation, the proactive CSI hub of The Durban based Samuels Group – key players in the logistics, sales and marketing of petroleum related products and vehicle servicing industry in South Africa – is hosting the event as part of their arts support programme.

(Right: Natalie Rungan & Njabulo Nzuza)

Samuels have put together a bumper afternoon musical programme to be enjoyed by the whole family, on the spacious Glenwood High fields.

Two acts are on the programme the KZN Youth Wind Band and the mighty KZN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of resident conductor, Lykele Temmingh. Soloists are Natalie Rungan and Njabulo Nzuza. The orchestra will be performing a programme of light classics; catchy pop; hits from the musicals and some jazz fusion.

One of South Africa’s premier youth ensembles, the KZN Youth Wind Band, is made up of young musicians between the ages of 13 and 27, many from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. It is considered one of South Africa’s finest symphonic concert bands. Conducted by Russell Scott, the band has a varied repertoire of classic symphonic band pieces, as well as swing, pop, and film music, not to mention a fantastic real South African repertoire!

The concert will take place on June 19, 2022, at Glenwood High School Dixon’s Field. Doors open 14h00 with the concert itself starting at 15h00.

Tickets R150 (R100 children). Tickets will still be for sale at Glenwood High School – 031 205 5241. Book in advance or pay at the door.

Contact Laiken on Whatsapp 067 411 1647, e-mail: or book and pay at Glenwood Finance Office – contact 031 205 5241 or email:

Tickets already purchased can still be redeemed. For ticketing queries, contact Laiken – 067 411 1647.