Benefit concert for ‘Old Boy’

2018-01-24 06:01
Nathan Julius will perform at Hilton College in Febr-uary.PHOTO: supplied

Nathan Julius will perform at Hilton College in Febr-uary.PHOTO: supplied

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HILTON College Old Boy, Class of 2016, Nathan Julius will perform a programme of Renaissance and Baroque arias in his counter-tenor voice.

He has just finished the first semester of his studies in Switzerland at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and will be visiting Hilton College.

Nathan will share the stage with Hilton College headmaster, George Harris, and Hilton College staff and boys on February 8 at the memorial hall at 6.30pm.

Entry is free, but as it is a benefit concert, pledge forms will be on the chairs should you be inspired to make a once-off, or monthly or yearly donation.

The young man is from Cape Town and has the desire to become a professional singer as a counter-tenor. Unfortunately, prospective South African students need to look outside South Africa to make a
career in this field.

He has fortunately been accepted, top of his class, in his first year at Schola Cantorum Basiliesis (School of Singing in Basel), Switzerland, where singers of this voice type are guided by voice teachers who themselves have made careers of singing “old music”.

Schola (as the students call it) has a proud 150-year tradition of producing amazing musicians such as the counter-tenor Andreas Scholl.

Role casting at opera houses seem to favour Schola students in all baroque operas – a field in which Julius is particularly interested in.

Coming from the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, his time at Hilton College was marked by his exceptional singing ability, singing both as soloist and choir member with three of our well known orchestras.

In 2016 he featured as soloist with acclaimed South African conductor, Richard Cock and the Chanticleer Singers, in two performances of Handel’s Messiah in March 2016, as well as with the KNZPO in a performance of an aria from Haydn’s Creation in April 2016.

In April 2017 he was alto soloist with the Baroque 2000 Orchestra in a performance of JS Bach’s St John Passion in Durban.

Conductors who have worked with Julius have labelled him as one of the most gifted young singers of his time.

Having said that Julius has not had an easy life - he lost both parents before finishing high school, making his story an inspiring one of how an exceptional music talent, and the loving support of others can open doors to a bright future.

- Supplied.

Nathan Julius will perform at Hilton College in Febr-ua ry.PHOTO: supplied

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