Music is in her soul

2018-02-27 06:00
PHOTO: SuppliedCathy Peacock has been playing the trumpet for 40 years.

PHOTO: SuppliedCathy Peacock has been playing the trumpet for 40 years.

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“OCHESTRA is a unique art form and it epitomises team work,” said Cathy Peacock, who has been playing the trumpet for 40 years.

The sub principal trumpet player said she started playing the trumpet at the age of nine, “I started playing piano at the age of five and when my father started teaching my brother how to play the trumpet, I also thought I’d like to play and never looked back,” said Peacock.

She said that her love for music comes from her father, who was a teacher and also a clarinet player.

Peacock said that she completed all the necessary formal training for playing the trumpet years ago.

“I completed the Royal School’s exams up to grade 8 and then went on to study at UKZN under Michel Schneuwley and Georges Franz. Then in 1990, I joined the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra as the sub principal trumpet player,” she said.

“I’ve been with the KZNPO for 28 years but have been playing for 40 years. I also help tutor the KZN Youth Orchestra and I’ve been doing that for the past 13 years,” said Peacock.

She shared some highlights from her career, which include a tour to London and Bremen in 2004.

“We performed in London and Bremen in 2004, and we did a great tour to France in 2013, where we played in Marseille and in the Place de Republique in Paris on Nelson Mandela’s last birthday to a crowd of over 3 000 people.

“We have also performed with Paul Potts and Ronan Keating, and I love playing at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The whole buzz of artists there is amazing,” said Peacock.

Peacock also manages a band call Platform Jazz, which has been around for 26 years. She said people can look forward to music that takes you on a journey that touches all your emotions and soothes the soul. “If it’s something you’ve never tried before, come and open your mind,” she said,

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