Local orchestra in action for charity

Shirely Sutherland

Rehearsals are well under way for the annual October rally of the Classical Sound Orchestra concert programme presented by the NPO, Musica Dei, as part of its Helderberg outreach programme.

The concert takes place on Sunday October 13, at 4pm, at the Helderberg Dutch Reformed Church, 82 Firmount Road, Somerset West.

This is the fifth consecutive year that music director and founder, Yolanda Botha, has taken on this task. “What is more fun than making music together and better still: doing it for a good cause? It is also great to see our orchestra and choir grow from year to year and how players’ musical skills develop.”

This year’s programme offers works by Jenkins, Purcell, Holst and Warlock and include instruments such as the oboe, harp, trombone and kettledrums – a first for the Classical Sound Orchestra.

Highlights of the programme are Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and Pié Jesu from Fauré’s Requim where opera singer Shirley Sutherland delivers the solos. The concert pianist, Bennie van Eeden, also performs with the symphony orchestra with two slow movements from piano concerts by Chopin and Shostakovich.

Three choirs from the Boland participate in the programme: Canticum Novum from Stellenbosch, Helderberg Cantare from Strand and the Helderberg Kantory of Somerset West.

The concert is free and young and old are invited to enjoy the afternoon. Any donations received will be used for music education, bursaries and workshops, of which classical music forms the basis.

For more information about the concert or concert series, or to become part of this project, contact music director, Yolanda Botha, at helderbergconcerts@gmail.com or visit www.helderbergconcerts.business.site