THE Tatham Art Gallery, in Pietermaritzburg, will be celebrating women in song in a special concert at 7.30 pm on Friday, September 20.
Featuring the talents of Emma Farquharson, Erin Fourie, Audrey Mbuyazi and Nozuko Teto the concert is being presented by the gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag) and Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival.
Farquharson, who will be singing a range of classical songs, completed a BA Honours degree at Rhodes University and has staged two successful shows at the National Arts Festival, including Opera Found, which won a 2017 Standard Bank Encore Ovation Award.
She currently lives in Hilton, where she is working on a number of concerts with Lara Kirsten, Ilse Myburgh, David Orr, Jacques Heynes and others, while furthering her vocal development with Margaret Clay-Bowen.
Soprano, Teto, who was born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape, studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of Cape Town as a student of Kamal Khan and Virginia Davids.
Thanks to a scholarship from the Nicolai Ghiaurov Foundation she was able to learn from the renowned soprano, Mirella Freni, at her Cubec Academy.
While overseas, she sang in numerous concerts at the Teatro Comunale Pavarotti in Modena with the Puccini Festival Orchestra, in Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Teto made her debut as Mimi in La Bohème in South Africa and in December 2012 sang the role of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in Italy.
Mbuyazi has appeared alongside the likes of Hugh Masekela and Joseph Clark in concerts around South Africa; and has also performed in Norway, accompanied by the Stavanger Gospel Company.
The talented vocalist enjoyed a sold-out South African tour in 2012 and has performed in Lusaka, Zambia, Harare, Zimbabwe and London.
Her original music offers something for everyone, with a pleasing blend of African ballad, soul, jazz and classical.
Fourie is well-known to local audiences. She made the top 16 on the seventh season of the M-Net reality competition Idols in 2011.
Part of a family of accomplished musicians, she has been playing guitar since she was 13, is one of Hilton’s busiest and best-loved vocalists, and enjoyed a successful Hilton Arts Festival as part of a new music revue, Ladies Sing The Blues.
The singers will be accompanied by pianists, Myburgh and Duigan, cellist, Nigel Fish, and guitarist, James Grace.
Guests will be offered a glass of wine and soft drinks on arrival, and coffee and other refreshments at interval. Booking for this gala concert is essential. To book phone Bryony at 033 392 2825 (mornings only).