“In Bohemia the trumpets never call to battle, they always call to dance!”
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s
2019 Early Spring Season
22 Aug – 12 Sept
Durban City Hall: 22 Aug, 5 & 12 Sept
Playhouse Opera: 29 Aug
30 Years of Platform Jazz.
S43: Saturday 31 August 31
Durban Jewish Club: Sunday 1 September
Trumpet player with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Cathy Peacock, is looking forward to an auspicious and busy musical time with Platform Jazz and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s Early Spring Symphony Season.
Cathy is founder member of Platform Jazz which celebrates 30 years of making music this month, and she is one of the longest serving members of the KZNPO.
The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 Early Spring Season runs each Thursday from 22 August to 12 September, with World Symphony Series concerts performed in the Durban City Hall on 22 August, and on 5 and 12 September, and in The Playhouse Opera on 29 August, each concert starting at 19h30.
The climax of the opening concert on Thursday 22 August under the baton of celebrated Russian maestro Daniel Raiskin is Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. It has been said about the trumpet’s role in this sunny piece of music: “In Bohemia the trumpets never call to battle, they always call to dance!” which is an apt description of Cathy’s musical philosophy.
Platform Jazz, Durban’s well-known swing band, has two celebratory concerts to commemorate 30 years of performing: a jazz extravaganza in collaboration with Friends of Music on Sunday 1 September at the Durban Jewish Club at 2.30pm, and the evening before on Saturday 31 August at S43.
Originally formed by Cathy Peacock in 1989 to play for the Rovos Rail arriving in Durban, Platform Jazz has gone on to play at a number of festivals, schools in KZN, churches, restaurants and theatres including the Playhouse, the Heritage, Rhumbelow and Barnyard as well as weddings, milestone parties, and for corporate and private functions.
The celebratory birthday concert will be hosted by Friends of Music at the Durban Jewish Club, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort Rd). It will see current and past members of the band making music together. This concert has a stellar line-up comprising band leader Cathy Peacock on trumpet, Duncan Wooldridge on trombone, Kirsten Sayers and former original member Ian Holloway on clarinet, Jeff Robinson on flute and sax, Jeff Judge (now resident in the Cape) on sax and vocals, Andreas Kappen on bass, Bruce Baker on kit, Durban’s jazz man Melvin Peters on piano with a guest slot by Christopher Duigan on piano, and the singers are Shelley McLean Downham, Bryan Hiles and Natalie Rungan.
Platform Jazz will present their most loved and popular pieces and the concert will culminate with everyone on stage. The concert is a celebration and patrons are encouraged to bring picnic baskets and beverages as there will be restaurant style seating. There will be a cash bar on the day. Seating is limited so book early. The concert starts at 2.30pm with doors open from 1pm.Tickets are R130 and R110 for pensioners and students and can be purchased through webtickets or at the door on the day. For more info contact Cathy on 082 349 8362
The evening before there will be a party at S43 on Saturday August 31 where current and past members of the band will be making music together and Platform Jazz will present their most loved and popular pieces. R100 gets you in! Phone 031 303 2747 to book.
For the KZNPO: Season tickets and bookings for individual concerts are through Computicket on 0861 915 8000, or online at www.computicket.com. For more information call 031 369 9438, email bookings@kznphil.org.za or visit www.kznphil.org.za.