Musical icon bids Hillcrest farewell

2016-10-18 06:00
Photo: supplied Judith Hawthorn will hold a concert to bid farewell to the Highway community

Photo: supplied Judith Hawthorn will hold a concert to bid farewell to the Highway community

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LOCAL choral conductor, singer and colourful personality, Judith Hawthorn, bids farewell to the Highway community on 20 October at a farewell musical extravaganza.

The musical icon celebrates 35 years of music making in the area, and will hold a concert celebrating highlights of the music she has been involved in over the years.

She will conduct her choirs, the Curro HCA FP and IP choirs, Durban Girls High Choir and Hillcrest High Glee Choir, joined by special guest artists.

Hawthorn takes up the post of director of music at the new Drakondale Girls’ Choir School in Howick in January and invites everyone who has made music with her over the years to come along to send her off with a song.

“Growing up surrounded by classical music, I have been studying, making and teaching music in various ways my entire adult life.

“From strong roots in church music, to pursuing a musical theatre career as a mature performer. Music has provided an opportunity for me to express my unique voice, and to impact my world. In recent years, my passion for music has been directed to choral conducting and teaching private singing lessons,” she added.

Some of her achievements include conducting the junior primary and senior primary choirs at Curro HCA, the Hillcrest High Glee Choir and the Durban Girls’ High Choir.

She is the artistic director of the Festival in the Hills, a national arts festival for primary school children and their families, and she is also a voice coach.

Her acting career included her playing Sister Berthe in Sound of Music, Mrs Eyensford Hills in My Fair Lady, Mrs Hopkins in My Fair Lady and Ensemble in Cinderella, to name a few.

Everyone is invited to join Hawthorn in her free choral farewell at the City Hill Auditorium in Hillcrest, on Thursday 20 October from 6pm.

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