Drakensberg Boys Choir’s conductor will always hold the school close to her heart

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Charlotte Botha with members of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School. Photo: Supplied

Estelle Sinkins speaks to CHARLOTTE BOTHA, outgoing conductor of the world-renowned Drakensberg Boys Choir School, and says that, with its emphasis on music excellence and its heavenly setting in the mountains, the school and its pupils have had a special place in her heart since childhood.

Botha, who will be conducting the boys when they take to the stage of the Pietermaritzburg City Hall for Music Revival’s Christmas concert on Tuesday, November 29, says the feeling of ‘shaping the music with the movement of your arms is nothing short of magical. It is probably as close as we earth-dwellers will ever come to experiencing flight.’

The concert will be one of the last that she does with the world-renowned choristers. Continue reading

Fantastic fun expected at Hillcrest’s Festival in the Hills

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Three of the participants in Festival in the Hills 2016, pictured from left, festival director Judith Hawthorn (in her opening parade persona as ‘Mistress Fantastical’), actor Bongani Mbatha, and guitar whiz Seb Goldwain. Photo: Supplied

A day long feast of family fun entertainment is happening on the last Saturday of August in Hillcrest with a star-studded roster headed by the internationally acclaimed Drakensberg Boys Choir and more.

The Rotary Club of Kloof presents the Festival in The Hills 2016, a wonderful cultural extravaganza for the whole family, hosted by Curro Hillcrest Christian Academy. Festival in The Hills will take place at Curro HCA in Hillcrest on Saturday, August 27 from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Continue reading