Aspirant musicians wanted for special concert with Richard Cock

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The Corobrik Orchestra 2014 mass rehearsal in progress, with conductor Richard Cock on the podium. Photo: BCHA

ASPIRANT orchestral musicians in the Durban are being invited to audition for the British Cultural and Heritage Association (BCHA)’s Corobrik Orchestra 2017 project.

During  a concert at 2.30pm on Sunday, August 20 a massed adhoc orchestra will perform under the baton of South African conductor, Richard Cock, in the Penzance School Nkulisa Conference Centre, 61 Penzance Road, Glenwood. Continue reading

KZN Philharmonic’s ‘Royal Symphony’ to delight with programme of West End musical melodies 

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The KZN Philharmonic will be delighting classical music fans at the Royal Symphony concert on June 4. Photo: Supplied

THE magic of the world of Broadway and West End musicals will be recreated in the main arena at the Royal Show when the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra presents Music of the Night:  The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Friends at 10 am on Sunday, June 4.  Continue reading

Classy entertainment in store at the 2017 Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg

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Blues legend, Dan Patlansky, will be one of four great acts at the Royal Rock concert on May 27. Also performing will be Locnville, Ard Matthews and the Black Lapels. Photo: Bakkes Images

SOUTH African musicians, Ard Mathews, Dan Patlansky, Locnville and Siphokazi, are among the drawcards at this year’s Royal Agricultural Show concerts, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Music plays a major part in the event, which runs at the Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, June 4. Continue reading

Enjoy a weekend of magical music at Michaelhouse in the KZN Midlands

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Rubber Duc will be performing at the Michaelhouse Music Festival.

Music lovers are invited to head to the hills for the third annual Michaelhouse Music Festival, taking place over the month-end April long weekend. The four-day festival kicks off on Freedom Day on Thursday, 27 April and concludes on Sunday, 30 April.

Pietermaritzburg’s very own Idols star and student teacher and last year’s winner of Idols SA season 12, Noma Khumalo, who will be joined by legendary vocalist, Sibongile Khumalo.

Big names that will be performing at the festival are Cape Town based live electronic duo, The Kiffness, Easy Freak (a new Durban-based two-piece performing an eclectic mix of funk/pop/soul/electro and other sounds combined) and Rubber Duc, an independent, fresh, four-piece band.

Also on the bill is Michaelhouse’s very own Pillar Box Red comprising of four pupils.

Ending the festival on a high note will be Africa’s foremost professional orchestra, the KZN Philharmonic led jointly by maestro Richard Cock and Michaelhouse’s William Silk.

For more information like the festival’s Facebook page: Michaelhouse Music Festival, contact the school on 033 234 1000 or log on to www.michaelhouse.org.

Tickets are available to purchase from www.tickethut.co.za/michaelhouse

Enter the SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition

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Avigail Bushakevitz. Pic: Fyn Arts Hermanus Festival

THIS year’s SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition is looking to unearth fresh, exciting Western art music or jazz instrumentalists with the potential to compete in the global premier league.

The closing date, Monday, May 16, is fast approaching for music students and early-career professionals (younger than 32 years old) to apply for one of the country’s most sought-after postgraduate music study awards. Continue reading

Richard Cock shares anecdotes from a life of conducting at Caversham Mill

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Maestro Richard Cock.

Caversham Mill Restaurant in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal midlands is hosting Conduct Unbecoming! narrated by Richard Cock at 8 pm on Thursday, April 21.

The conductor, who will also be taking part in the Michaelhouse Music Festival, will be telling stories and anecdotes from the world of conductors.

Guests will also be treated to a guest performance by The Philip Cox Trio, which will be launching their album, Top Drawer.

Top Drawer promises so much yet delivers more, the devotion of each musician in the show comes together to create an experience that delights audiences and reminds that contemporary music in South Africa is vibrant and alive!

Tickets are R120, which excludes dinner, which can be ordered off the al a carte menu. Book at 033 234 4524 or 072 125 3392.