Clas­si­cal to choral

Grocott's Mail - - ARTSLIFE - By KUTLWANO KEPADISA

On Satur­day 30 Septem­ber Gra­ham­stown Cathe­dral pre­sented a pub­lic event con­sist­ing of multi-genre mu­si­cal per­for­mances. The Gra­ham­stown Cathe­dral Pres­tige Mu­sic Con­cert aimed to be the first of a se­ries of an­nual Cathe­dral events, pro­vid­ing a plat­form for parish­ioners and oth­ers who help main­tain the Cathe­dral as a highly cre­ative yet sa­cred space of wor­ship.

The idea be­hind the con­cert was to se­lect a num­ber of top achiev­ers who have done well in mu­sic at schools, ex­ter­nally at fes­ti­vals and com­pe­ti­tions as well as in the Cathe­dral it­self, and who form part of the mu­si­cal min­istry of the Cathe­dral. It was a cel­e­bra­tion of the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion mu­si­cians and artists have in the Cathe­dral.

The event was or­ga­nized by Kutlwano Kepadisa who is cur­rently the Cathe­dral's mu- sic di­rec­tor, with Asakhe Cuntsu­lana who di­rects the Marim­bas, and Namso Nyamela, a long-term stu­dent parish­ioner, al­tar server and lay min­is­ter. It fol­lowed the suc­cess of the out­stand­ing arts events which hap­pened in the Cathe­dral dur­ing the Fes­ti­val.

This con­cert is a cul­mi­na­tion of a col­lab­o­ra­tion which takes place not only dur­ing the Fes­ti­val, but through­out the year.

The Cathe­dral is thank­ful for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of com­mit­ted and lov­ing artists from all walks of Gra­ham­stown life, over a wide range of ages and gen­res. The var­ied pro­gramme in­cluded mu­sic by among oth­ers, Mikhail Glinka, Michael Bublé, The Soil and Hugh Masekela as well as some of the mu­si­cians' own orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions. From mbi­ras and marim­bas, to South African jazz to clas­si­cal and choral works, what a kalei­do­scope of mu­sic!

Photo: Maggy Clarke

Kutlwano Kepadisa with Bayanda Mthetho, pi­anist and cho­ris­ter, and cho­ris­ter Xolisa Foley.

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