Don’t miss the Michaelhouse Music Festival this weekend


Ladysmith Black Mambazo

An impressive line-up of phenomenal eclectic music, from Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Beatenberg; Platform Jazz to Nibs van der Spuy; and the KZN Philharmonic to Seb Goldswain, is on the programme for the second Michaelhouse Music Festival, which takes place at the Balgowan school from April 22 to 24.

Following on from an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response in 2015, the weekend programme has been thoughtfully-curated to offer a smorgasbord of world-class music to cater for a myriad music lovers who can enjoy the best of South African pop, choral, acoustic, jazz and classical music in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

Bookings for all the concerts can be made through

For more information email or visit the event’s Facebook page.

The programme for the weekend is:


  • Schlesinger Theatre, 7.30 pm: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the famous male choral group which sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube, will open the Michaelhouse Music Festival. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including four Grammy Awards. Ladysmith Black Mambazo were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and their releases have received gold and platinum disc honours. Tickets are R200.
Celebration Time 2

Platform Jazz


  • Amphitheatre Michaelhouse, 10 am: Musical Extravaganza featuring Abri Venter, William Silk and Audrey Mbuyazi. Tickets are R50.
  • Michaelhouse Chapel, 12.30 pm: Hannes Ebersohn and David Orr will be performing works by Bach, Franck and Hurford on the organ. Tickets are R50.
  • Rugby fields, 4.15 pm: Newcastle Brass Band. Entry is free.
  • Schlesinger Theatre, 5 pm: Celebration Time! with Platform Jazz. Platform Jazz is set to bring you jazz party favourites from the gangster and Great Gatsby parties, evergreen tunes from the Swing era, conga line Latin favourites and songs that just celebrate life, like Mac the Knife, What A Wonderful World and lots more. Tickets R80.
  • Indoor Centre, 7.30 pm: Beatenberg and opening act, Seb Goldswain, will be performing. Beatenberg is based in Cape Town and is composed of Matthew Field, Robin Brink, and Ross Dorkin. The group gained national attention in 2014 from their collaboration with the artist DJ Clock with Pluto (Remember You). Their second album The Hanging Gardens of Beatenberg (2014) generated hit singles including Beauty Like a Tightened Bow, Scorpionfish and Pluto (Remember You). Tickets R200.





The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.


  • Schlesinger Theatre foyer, 9.30 am: KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet and Wind Quintet. Tickets R50.
  • Michaelhouse Chapel, 11.30 am: Various Vivaldi – Vivaldi Guitar Concerto, Viiolin Concerto and Vivaldi Gloria performed by The KZNPO Ensemble, Leandros Stavrou, Nic Forster and The KZN Midlands Youth Choir. Tickets R80.
  • Michaelhouse Chapel, at 1 pm: Autumn Voices featuring the choirs from Michaelhouse, Clifton Nottingham Road, Ferrum High School and the KZN Midlands Youth Choir. Tickets R80.
  • Michaelhouse Chapel, 3 pm: Lara Kirsten and Morne van Heerden perform the The Dance, an eclectic mix of vibrant and sensually attractive music from Hungary, Argentina and Poland. Tickets R50.
  • Indoor Centre, 4 pm: KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra performs Round the world in 80 minutes with Richard Cock. Tickets R100.
  • Schlesinger Theatre, 7.30pm: Award-winning musicians Guy Buttery and Nibs van der Spuy will be in concert. Tickets R100.

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