Symphonic Choir promises
stage songs, soaring spirituals

Durban Symphonic Choir

The Durban Symphonic Choir will be presenting a “Celebration of Song” in Umhlanga on Sunday, 4 August, with a programme of classical and lighter fare.

Topping the bill are excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem, with the choir tackling the Requiem, Kyrie, Hostias and Sanctus parts under the direction of Ros Conrad.

The Requiem was not entirely finished at the time of Mozart’s death, aged 35 in December 1791. His contemporaries completed the job and it was submitted with a counterfeited signature and dated 1792. The work was commissioned by an eccentric Austrian count who it is believed planned to pass it off as his own, but was thwarted by Mozart’s widow.

ROCK ME AMADEUS: The Durban Symphonic Choir will be performing excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem, a work that continues to fuel speculation among music lovers. Picture: Max Pixel.

All this and exactly which parts of the Requiem are the work of the master continues to exercise the minds of musicologists. But what is reasonably certain is that Mozart greatly admired Handel and that Handel’s Messiah, influenced the Requiem.


It’s by happy coincidence then, that Sunday’s accompanist, Christopher Cockburn, is something of a specialist on Handel. The University of KwaZulu-Natal academic and organ recitalist received his doctorate for a thesis on the performance of the Messiah in South Africa. 

Also in a spiritual vein, the audience can expect compositions from John Rutter, while a choir octet will turn up the heat with Samuel Sim’s Home Fires

I’VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO HER FACE: Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. The choir will be performing a medley from the Lerner & Loewe musical.
SOME ENCHANTED AFTERNOON: Expect a Rodgers & Hammerstein favourite. Picture: pxhere

Then there is Amigos Para Siempre from another Englishman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, musical-theatre material from Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe, and a fair bit else.

In short, plenty to please most tastes.

The two-hour long programme starts at 3pm at St Michael’s Anglican Church, corner of Marine Drive and Durban View Road, Umhlanga.

Tickets are R100, which includes refreshments, and are available from the church office on weekday mornings; call 031 561 3658 or contact Sharon Westcott at 083 270 0478.

Proceeds are for the Milimani Educational Trust.

The trust helps feed and educate children in the Sovane area, near the Mkuze River in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

SONG BIRDS: Choir members Stephanie van Rensburg, Walli Müller-Nedebock, Tracey Campbell and Sharon Westcott.
FEATURED IMAGE: The choir in 2018.

Umhlanga Tourism