Evening of choral delights in Pietermaritzburg

MORE than 250 choral singers will be performing in Let The People Sing!, a special festival of popular hymns and inspiration songs, in the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 7 pm on Thursday, October 22.

The Michaelhouse Chapel Choir, Epworth Prep School and High School choirs and the Howick Choristers will sing individual numbers and combine for massed choral works in this festival of popular hymns and inspirational songs, which aims to bring together communities, audiences and choirs.

They will be accompanied by Christopher Cockburn on the magnificent city hall pipe organ, pianist Christopher Duigan, brass players, Malcolm McKinley, Clair Cumming and Andrew Arbuckle, Bernard Kisbey-Green on timpani, Nafas Agha on cymbals and Serena Armstrong and Pierre Frenzel on violin.

David Orr, head of music at Epworth, will conduct.

The concert was devised by Rev Frenchye Magee, Epworth’s Chaplain, and Orr, who said: “It’s not a religious event, but it is a festival of sacred music ranging from Siyahamba to Thine Be the Glory.”

Members of the audience will be encouraged to join in with singing some of the popular hymns, said Magee, adding: “It will be a very uplifting experience for those who are able to come out and enjoy it.”

Tickets for the concert — which is supported by Parklane SuperSpar, Msunduzi Municipality , CPW Printers, The Witness and Duigan’s Music Revival — range from R80 (for children and scholars) and R100 (for adults) upwards. Early booking is advised. To book phone Parklane SuperSpar at 033 342 3487. Money raised will benefit the Epworth Foundation Bursary Fund.

Secure parking is provided in the City Hall precinct.

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