Musical journey with HQ, Fielies and Lucas

2018-02-22 06:00
Nkumbuzo Nkonyana, Sihle Mtitshana, Mawande Mxunyelwa and Melikhaya Ndabeni.

Nkumbuzo Nkonyana, Sihle Mtitshana, Mawande Mxunyelwa and Melikhaya Ndabeni.

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Heavenly Quartez, the operatic voices of Khayelitsha will be one of the main acts in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s grand Debut Gala concert on Sunday February 25 at the Artscape Theatre Centre from 18:00.

The group was formed in 2008 and it has great cross-over appeal through its combination of various languages like Afrikaans, English, Italian and Xhosa.

They sing about hope and their aim is to empower and inspire.

The quartet has sung with the CPO in concert in the Overberg and Kayamnandi.

Baritone Nkumbuzo Nkonyana said: “Music education in one thing we are passionate about, especially in communities like Khayelitsha. We, ourselves never had professional music training and we have come far. Imagine how it would be for those who can get music education! Our dream is to have a music centre that will equip young people with theoretical knowledge as well as training in instruments and we have established the Iqonga Arts Centre in Khayelitsha,”.

Nkonyana is one of the four young men who form the quartet.

The others, all tenors, are, Sihle Mtitshana, Mawande Mxunyelwa and Melikhaya Ndabeni.

With the exception of Ndabeni, who arrived in 2007 from the Eastern Cape, all were born and bred in Khayelitsha.

This prestigious symphonic platform for community brilliance will also feature the amazing Paxton Fielies, winner of the 2017 Idols singing competition.

Craig Lucas, who won the 2017 The Voice singing completion, will also feature and all will be performing for the first time with the mainstream Cape Town Orchestra.

Also on the bill is jazz pianist Kyle Shepherd who is well-known in the jazz scene at home and abroad.

This celebration of talent by artists across Cape Town’s communities will be conducted by Brandon Phillips.

Says Louis Heyneman, CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra: “Cape Town has an incredible array of talent, much of which never has the opportunity to perform with a symphony orchestra.

Their time has come and we are delighted that Idols winner Paxton Fielies, Craig Lucas, and Heavenly Quartez will all perform with the CPO.

Fielies and Lucas will sing some of the songs that made them justifiably famous and Kyle Shepherd will show us why he already has an international reputation.”

Tickets for this concert are R90 to R190 and are available from Artscape or Computicket http://bit.ly/DebutgalaFeb25

or Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695. You dare not miss this musical journey.

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