SACS to blow up a storm

2016-05-17 06:00
Ready to blow up a storm at the SACS Concerto Festival are, front from left, Soren Herdien (tuba), Daniel Loubscher (french horn), and Daniel Tucker (tuba). Back from left, Luke D’Águira (trumpet), Seth Meyer (trombone), Shaw Komori (trumpet), and Zubair Abader (trumpet).  PHOTO: gary van dyk

Ready to blow up a storm at the SACS Concerto Festival are, front from left, Soren Herdien (tuba), Daniel Loubscher (french horn), and Daniel Tucker (tuba). Back from left, Luke D’Águira (trumpet), Seth Meyer (trombone), Shaw Komori (trumpet), and Zubair Abader (trumpet). PHOTO: gary van dyk

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A symphony of sound will be emanating from the South African College School (SACS) when they host their annual concerto festival tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

Nine music student soloists will be performing movements from trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone and piano concertos accompanied by a professional symphony orchestra in the Hofmeyr Hall at the school in Newlands.

Guest artists are the Springfield Convent Senior School Choir and jazz saxophonist Buddy Wells.

A highlight of the evening will be Mike Campbell’s arrangement of Wells’ “Recognisance” and the 50-piece SACS High School Concert Band will open the evening with an overture.

Greta Graham, head of music at the school, explains that the event started eight years ago when five of their students were playing concertos, but there was no school orchestra to accompany them.

“They were so talented and inspired us to find an orchestra to accompany them. They were Daniels Gadd, Blake Hellaby, Murray Meisner, Joseph Macmillan and Simon Ackermann. Since the first Concerto Festival was launched in 2008, the number of soloists, the audience and interest have grown each year.”

This year the audience will be treated to an outstanding concert featuring the talented students at the school. “We are indeed fortunate to have a headmaster who believes in the enormous value of this event, despite the cost of bringing an orchestra to SACS.”

The “pros” of musicians having a focus such as this, being rewarded so wonderfully for their hard work, the high standard set each year and the musical growth it develops, far outweigh the “cons”. “Auditions are held and our challenge is to include all of our soloists into a concert that is not too lengthy, as well as giving those who have prepared well, the opportunity to perform. This gala concert annually inspires the boys to succeed and to excel in making music.”

Another exciting feature of the concert is that every year, something new is included.

“This year Professor Mike Campbell was commissioned to orchestrate one of Buddy Wells’ compositions,” adds Graham.

“The SACS Concert Band will again perform an overture to open the evening’s programme and we welcome Springfield Convent High School Choir again, to join with our choir. Sharing the podium once more are members of the SACS music staff, conductors Warren Patientia, Levi Alexander and Dr Mike Blake, who take up their batons in this varied programme.”

The soloists for this festival are: Jung-Woo Jang. Zubair Abader, Robert Versveld, Daniel Loubser, Duncan Reid, Cameron Barnard, Matthew Hayward, Seth Meyer, Michael Hoyle, Shaw Komori and guest artist Buddy Wells.

The concerto festival in the Hofmeyr Hall starts at 19:00; tickets are R80.

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