22 October 2017

Well what can I say: I think we had a fabulous concert last Sunday! Richard, choir, soloist, and orchestra were all on top form handling both Rutter’s Gloria and the wonderful, but tricky, Belshazzar’s Feast by Walton beautifully! So exciting – it’s great to have a challenge and to rise to it!

The composition of the audience clearly showed how very important our Patrons, Sponsors and Friends are and we thank you for your support – both financially and ‘physically’ – for being there, even though the Walton piece is not part of the standard choir repertoire in this nick of the woods. We’ve had lots of great comments from Patrons, Sponsors and Friends who absolutely loved the concert. Sadly it didn’t seem to appeal to the general public – well it’s their loss!

Perhaps the general public prefer something well known, something which brings back memories of long-gone school days. In that case our next concert will be ideal –

Gilbert & Sullivan : Pirates of Penzance
at the Linder Auditorium Sunday, 5th  November @ 15:00
with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra
Conductor: Richard C
Soloists: Nicholas Nicolaidis, tenor; Mzukisi Kota, tenor; Maudée Montierre, soprano; Violina Anguelov, alto; Aubrey Lodewyk, bass.

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by Gilbert. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year. His indenture specifies that he remain apprenticed to the pirates until his “twenty-first birthday”, meaning that he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic’s only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

And as always we end the year with:

Christmas with Richard Cock
Saturday 9th December @ 16:30 and Sunday, 10th December @ 15:00
at the Linder Auditorium
with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra
Please note the times of the concerts!

This is our traditional Christmas fare. Guaranteed to put you in the right mood for Christmas! As always you’ll be treated to lovely pieces for choir only and have the chance to join in the singing of those good old carols without which it wouldn’t be Christmas.!

Booking for these concerts for sponsors of the choir is through Debbie 082 853 9709 or or me on 011 788 2340 or as usual. Please remember to book – it makes collecting your tickets so much easier.

For the general public booking is through Computicket.

We thank you once again for your generous support of the Choir. It is greatly appreciated!


Yours sincerely, on behalf of the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg,

Kate Pape

Missed our previous newsletters? Click here to read 3 July 2017 and 18 April 2017.