City of Choice, City of Mu­sic

Con­cert to cel­e­brate city’s Unesco sta­tus

The Witness - - FRONT PAGE - VIN­CENT MADLOPHA

PI­ETER­MAR­ITZBURG is set to be­come a Unesco City of Mu­sic.

Drak­ens­berg Boys’ Choir School founder, John Tun­gay, said the cap­i­tal is a trea­sure house of mu­sic that reg­u­larly sends per­form­ers to sing over­seas. Its choirs fre­quently re­turn home with gold medals.

He said that by be­com­ing a Unesco City of Mu­sic, Mar­itzburg will be open­ing up lo­cal mu­sic for the en­tire world to en­joy.

He added: “One of the rea­sons why we put this to­gether is the scarcity of jobs in the city. Through this we want to en­cour­age more young peo­ple to be­come artists.

“Msun­duzi as a city pos­sesses one of the finest pipe or­gans in Africa which is es­sen­tial to ac­com­pany many works of the old mas­ters; and has its own orches­tra.”

Tun­gay added that Pi­eter­mar­itzburg has decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in suc­cess­fully or­gan­is­ing and host­ing in­ter­na­tional events like the Com­rades Marathon and the Mid­mar Mile, the world’s largest open-wa­ter swim­ming event.

“The city has suf­fi­cient ex­pe­ri­ence to or­gan­ise in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals of or­gan and orches­tral mu­sic, choral fes­ti­vals, as well as jazz and other styles of pop­u­lar mod­ern mu­sic.”

The Unesco Cre­ative Cities Net­work is a world or­gan­i­sa­tion that strives to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion with and among cities that have iden­ti­fied cre­ativ­ity as a strate­gic fac­tor for sus­tain­able ur­ban de­vel­op­ment.

Among those who will be pa­trons of the city are the mayor of Msun­duzi Themba Njilo, head of the mu­sic depart­ment at the Univer­sity of KwaZulu-Natal Pro­fes­sor Chats Ju­groop, ex­pert on con­struc­tion of an­cient African mu­si­cal in­stru­ments Tandile Man­dela, and the di­rec­tor of Arts and Cul­ture in KZN, Dr Raj Goven­der.

As part of his plans to pro­mote the city and the Unesco project, the mayor will be host­ing Mu­sic Mag­nif­i­cent in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg City Hall from 6 pm to­mor­row.

Per­form­ing a range of choral mu­sic will be the Laddsworth Pri­mary School Choir, the se­nior choir of Ep­worth Prep School, or­gan­ist Hen­nie Nolte, the choir of Gert Maritz Pri­mary School, the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Chil­dren’s Choir, the choir of Carter High School, the Msun­duzi Cho­rale, and the Drakon­dale Girls Choir. Tickets are R50.

Get yours at Mar­shall Mu­sic at Cas­cades and Al­lisons Sad­dlery at the cor­ner of Boshoff Street and Vic­to­ria Road.

PHOTO: JONATHAN BUR­TON

The Pi­eter­mar­itzburg City Hall and its fa­mous or­gan will play host to a spe­cial con­cert to cel­e­brate Mar­itzburg be­com­ing a Unesco City of Mu­sic.

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