KZN Philharmonic Orchestra trains pupils

2016-03-17 06:00
Siphokazi Maphulo sings opera with KZN Philharmonic Orchesta in a demonstration for pupils.PHOTO: precious gumede

Siphokazi Maphulo sings opera with KZN Philharmonic Orchesta in a demonstration for pupils.PHOTO: precious gumede

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ON Friday, a number of schools in the Ugu District, who will be taking part in an upcoming opera competition, met and were trained by KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The training session, co-ordinated by the Department of Education, was held to prepare and familiarise the pupils with singing opera with an orchestra.

Thobile Mthiyane of DoE said the schools will be participating in the South African Choral festival in May.

“The department has engaged with the orchestra to assist opera singers with their musical notes and sing opera in a professional way in order for them to familiarise themselves before the competition.”

The choral festival will start at local level from 5 May.

There will be three phases at local level and the winners will go though to the next level.

“The competition is divided into three phases - foundation, intermediate and senior. From 5 May schools will compete at Uvongo Town hall and those that win will go through to the next round, which will be held in Pietermaritsburg from 13 May. The finals will be held at Rhema Bible Church in Johannesburg,” she said.

Soloist Siphokazi Maphumulo has been performing with the KZN Orchestra since 2008 and said they are going to schools training pupils as part of their development programme.

“We go to schools to assist pupils to get used to the vibe of having an orchestra playing while they perform because on many occasions they are not exposed to performing with an orchestra - only when they get to national level,” she said.

DoE spokesperson said they want more high schools to take part in the competition as there is a shortage of senior phase entries.

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