Gugulethu music lovers experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to listen to orchestral music in their own backyard.The Gugulethu Sports Complex became the perfect venue on Saturday as the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Joyful Harmonies, Princess Square Singers, Cape Serenade, Gugulethu Soloists Lindile Kula, Sandile Kamle, Jacqueline Manciya, Nosiseko Mbudu-Gocini and the Fezeka High School choir entertained music fanatics, as part of the township’s 60th anniversary celebrations, including the Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu Centenary Celebrations. It was organised by the Artscape Theatre in partnership with the Gugulethu 60th anniversary organising team.Patron Vanessa Nkonkobe said she could not miss the event. “We never have these type of musical events,” she said. “It was great to come out on such a lovely day and enjoy the music.”Nkonkobe said she enjoyed choral music festivals in the past and called for more such events. Sithembele Ningi, another choral music lover, said it was good to see the youth being involved in choral music. He said young people usually enjoy hip-hop and house music. Ningi added that it was good to see young people performing and listening to choral music.Phumzile Nteyi, one of the organisers hailed the event as a success.“We managed to bring orchestra to the township and they performed with our choirs for free which is something that never happens,” he said.Nteyi said more programmes were on the cards to mark Gugulethu’s 60th anniversary.