Magical mountain music

2012-04-26 00:00

THE mountains will be alive with the sound of music when the Drakensberg­ Boys’ Choir School hosts its annual Music in the Mountains Festival from Friday until April 30.

This year’s programme will include performances by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Chris Chameleon, The Blarney Brothers and Plush. In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy a music revue by Nottingham Road residents­, Cat Simoni and Paul Spence­, and the children’s theatre show, A Froggy Fairytale.

Other attractions include arts and crafts and tempting food, all of which will take place against the backdrop of the Champagne Valley in the Central Drakensberg, shadowed by Cathkin Peak and Champagne Castle.

The festival takes place in the grounds of the choir school, which is surrounded by a selection of hotels and B&Bs, where visitors will be able to stay overnight.

All performances, unless otherwise indicated, take place in the Ken MacKenzie Auditorium on the school campus.

 

Full programme

Friday

• Drakensberg Boys Choir: A Portrait, noon: features highlights of the choir’s 2012 programme. A mix of pop and classical songs, extracts from musicals and South African folk songs will be on the programme. Tickets are R80 to R100.

• Noel & Gertie — A Talent To Amuse, 3 pm: comedy revue, set in a Jamaican bar and centred around Noel Coward, who finds himself unexpectedly reunited with his muse and former co-star, Gertrude Lawrence. Nottingham Road-based theatrical talents Cat Simoni and Paul Spence perform the songs which made Coward­ and Lawrence the toast of the West End and Broadway. Tickets R70 to R110.

• Chris Chameleon, 6 pm: This singer’s newest work includes compositions inspired by Ingrid Jonker’s poetry­. Visitors to Music in the Mountain are guaranteed a dynamic new show. Don’t miss the chance to see Chameleon playing live. Tickets R90 to R110.

• The Blarney Brothers, 8 pm: enjoy a helping of Irish blarney, courtesy of The Blarney Brothers, who will be performing in the beer tent in celebration of the choir school’s 45th anniversary. Tickets R50 to R100.

Saturday

• Choirs Extravaganza, 9 am: a concert featuring the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Youth Choir and the award-winning Kantare Children’s Choir, which brought home a gold medal from the last World Choir Games. Tickets R40 to R80.

• A Froggy Fairytale, 11 am: Creative Madness presents the perfect play for the little ones. Using masks and puppets, Bryan Hiles and Peter Court perform a silly and side-splitting retelling of The Frog Prince. Tickets R50 to R80.

• Drakensberg Boys Choir: Jubilate, 1 pm: concert featuring everything from the latest pop songs to moving renditions of classical works. Tickets R80 to R100.

• Plush, 3.30 pm: launched in 2003, Plush’s success at home and abroad has been due in part to its great shows and the groups message, which is simple, heartfelt and uplifting. Tickets­ R70 to R110.

• Drakensberg Boys Choir: Te Deum, 7 pm: concert which will include classics like the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and a South African premiere performance for piano, choir and string orchestra. Tickets R90 to R110.

 

Sunday

• Interdenominational church service­, 9 am. Admission is free.

• Organic Movie Magic, 11 am: organist Ockie Vermeulen and his ensemble — Anna-Marie Muller (flute), Thean Heynecke (bass) and Theuns Botha (percussion) —– join forces with the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir to perform a concert inspired by movie themes. Tickets are R90 to R110.

• Choirs Extravaganza, 1.30 pm: concert featuring the South Cape Children’s Choir, a gold award-winning choir from the Western Cape, and the Grey College Choir from Bloemfontein. Tickets R40 to R80.

• Drakensberg Boys Choir: Bayeza!, 4 pm: concert featuring folk songs from all corners of the globe and some great South African favourites. Tickets­ R80 to R100.

• Bewitched on Broadway, 7 pm: sees Cat Simoni and Paul Spence performing songs from classic stage musicals such as My Fair Lady, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, Camelot, West Side Story, Cabaret, Chicago and Evita. Tickets R70 to R110.

 

Monday, April 30

• A Bouquet of Keys, 9 am: concert featuring seven musicians from the Drakensberg Boys Choir staff, who produce a display of sounds, accompanied by marimba, accordion and organ. Tickets are R60 to R100.

• Drakies and Divas, noon: South Africa­’s leading sopranos, Zanne Stapelberg and Magdalene Minnaar, join the Drakensberg Boys Choir on stage to entertain with everything from Bach to blues. Tickets R90 to R110.

To book for any of the shows, e-mail bookings@dbchoir.co.za or phone 036 468 1012.

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