Decoda Ensemble of Carnegie Hall to perform concert in aid of Tatham Art Gallery’s flood relief fund

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The Decoda Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Photo: Supplied

THE Decoda Ensemble of Carnegie Hall will be performing at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg at 3pm on Sunday, June 18 to help raise funds for the gallery’s flood relief fund.

This chamber music collective includes some of the brightest young classical musicians in the world and aims to bring impactful musical experiences to communities around the globe through a series of concerts.

Whether performing for young children, healthcare facility residents and employees, incarcerated individuals or traditional classical music lovers, Decoda engages audiences through lively performances, interactive concerts, and enlightening discussions that provoke creative insight into the music.

Their Music for Transformation justice initiative facilitates intensive creative songwriting projects for vulnerable and disenfranchised populations in the areas of criminal and social justice.

Empowering the voices of a frequently-ignored community, the programme has been recognised by CNN, Huffington Post, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, and Billboard Magazine.

In the past season, Decoda was invited by President Obama’s administration to perform on two occasions at the White House at events dedicated to the arts and criminal justice reform.

The concert in Pietermaritzburg, which has been facilitated by the Decoda Institute in South Africa (DISA), will feature:

  • Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream;
  • Ligeti’s Five Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, III. Allegro giocoso;
  • Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, II. Tres vif;
  • Gould’s Benny’s Gig for Clarinet and Double Bass, V. Slowly;
  • Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome, IV. Pietro;
  • Shaw’s Woodwind Quartet; Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome, VII. Lorenzo;
  • Schulhoff’s Divertissement for Wind Trio, IV. Charleston;
  • Balliett’s This Horse Ain’t Beholden… for Woodwind Quartet;
  • Prokofiev’s Quintet, Op. 39, III. Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio;
  • Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes 195; and
  • Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11.

Tickets for the concert are R120 minimum donation. Booking is preferred. To book email or send an SMS or WhatsApp to 083 417 4473. Secure parking is available.

To learn more about Decoda, please visit

Please note: the Tatham Art Gallery and Cafe Tatham are open as usual.


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