Pams and city orchestra to perform Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

2013-06-20 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society (Pams) and the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra are joining forces to stage a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in the Epworth chapel in Scottsville at 2.30 pm on Sunday.

Performing the solos in Requiem will be soprano Linelle Wimbles, contralto Aukse Trinkunas, baritone Andrew Butler and tenor David Plank.

Plank, who is better known as the conductor of the Pietermaritzburg City Orchestra, stepped into the breach when Wayne Mkhize was unavailable for the concert.

Wimbles, from Johannesburg, obtained her B.Mus degree (cum laude) at the University of Potchefstroom, where she majored in singing. Further studies took her to the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Munich.

She has won a number of awards, including the AKTV prize for singing. Her repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio. She has also performed the roles of Susan in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Pagena in The Magic Flute.

Trinkunas was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. Having obtained degrees in choral conducting and in operatic and concert singing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music, she was awarded a bursary to further her studies in Johannesburg under Emma Renzi.

Over the years, she has performed in Russia, Italy, Poland and Cuba, and her repertoire includes oratorio, masses and opera.

Butler’s musical aptitude was nurtured from a young age by his parents, John and Shirley. Encouraged by his membership of the KZN Youth Choir, he has developed a repertoire which covers many styles and occasions.

An agricultural engineer, Butler lives and works in Pietermaritzburg.

The choir and orchestra will be joined by cellist Nigel Fish and organist Christopher Cockburn, for the performance of Requiem. The Pams choir and guest soloists will be conducted by Robin Walton.

In addition to Mozart’s Requiem, concertgoers can look forward to hearing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia, featuring a piano solo by Jacques Heyns, an accompanist at the Opera School and Choral Academy at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), and at St Anne’s Diocesan College in Hilton.

Heyns also accompanies the Durban Chamber Choir and was taught locally by Rieta Deysel, and subsequently by Dr Liezl-Maret Jacobs at UKZN.

The pianist completed his B.Mus in Potchefstroom and did an M.Mus. at UKZN. He performed with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009 and has featured in concerts at the Tatham Art Gallery, in Howick, Paulpietersburg, Kokstad and Greytown.

The final offering on Sunday’s programme is Haydn’s Symphony No 100 in G Major ‘Military’ First Movement: Adagio.

Tickets for the concert are R70 at the door. Safe parking is available and patrons are advised to take a cushion.

• arts@witness.co.za

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