Chamber choir on tour in KZN

2009-09-08 00:00

THE Rhodes University Chamber Choir, founded in 1953 as one of the first university choral ensembles in South Africa, will be performing in Pietermaritzburg and Durban this week.

Their first concert in the city takes place at Epworth tonight at 6 pm. Admission is free.

Tomorrow the choir will be at the ­Tatham Art Gallery at 1.10 pm to perform a free lunch-hour concert. The lunch-hour concert series is presented by the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (Fotag) and secure parking is provided in the Tatham grounds.

The choir’s final performance in the city is at the Cathedral of the Holy Nativity,169 Langalibelele Street, at 7 pm tomorrow. Tickets are R40 (concessions R25) at the door.

These performances are part of the choir’s tour of KwaZulu-Natal — it’s first to the province since 2003 — which concludes with performances at the Westville Baptist Church on Thursday at 6 pm (tickets R35, concessions R20) and St ­Thomas Anglican Church in ­Musgrave on Friday at 7 pm (tickets R35, concessions R20).

The Rhodes University Chamber Choir was established with the aim of providing students from all faculties with a platform for participating in and enjoying choral music, and over the years it has built up an ­impressive and varied repertoire of sacred and secular music in many different languages.

The choir’s eclectic mix ranges from ancient Gregorian chant, through to 16th-century music, ­contemporary and traditional styles.

This year’s repertoire includes music by the 16th century composers, Robert Parsons and Orlando Gibbons, as well as spirituals and music by F. J. Haydn.

On the secular side, the choir will sing Italian and English madrigals, popular music such as Yesterday and Fields of Gold, and a number of African traditional songs in Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho.

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