About Sophie Thompson

Sophie joined the business in 2001. Sophie brings to the company a wealth of experience and expertise in particular in the sporting arena – she played springbok action cricket; has SA colours for athletics; Natal colours for athletics (club and school); hockey; softball; water-polo and outdoor and indoor cricket. Sophie has studied Sport Psychology and Computer Technology. The main accounts that she works on are the SPAR Women’s Race in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge, as well as a lot of the sailing events that take place in Durban. She was part of the successful team that worked on the PyeongChang’s 2018 Winter Olympic Bid and the World Transplant Games. In rejuvenating the Durban scene of sailing, she has also started photography to help promote the sport.

KZNPO Early Spring Season Ends On A Youthful Note!

11th September, 2019|Music|

Durban City Hall: 12 September at 7.30pm The KZN Philharmonic’s four-week Early Spring Season ends in traditional style on Thursday (12 September) with resident conductor Lykele Temmingh on the Durban City Hall podium for the annual National Youth Concerto Festival, which showcases the cream of young South African talent taking the stage to perform with [...]

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Kerry Hiles Is Judy Garland

10th September, 2019|Music, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival: 13 – 15 September “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be a little bit more gentle with each other, and a little more loving, have a little more empathy, and maybe we would like each other a little bit more.” Wise words from iconic screen and vaudeville actress, Judy Garland: [...]

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Shall We Dance Review By Chris Sutton (The Rat Line)

7th September, 2019|Theatre|

The majestic Playhouse retains its wonderful charm and sense of opulence. It's bar, longer than a politicians wrap sheet, is just the place to enjoy a soothing libation before the show, or during the interval; a place where the trials of the day are eclipsed by the delights of the theatre. The 27th edition of [...]

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Ole!

3rd September, 2019|Music, Theatre|

We honour all things Spanish There is nothing quite like the energy, vibrancy and passion of beautiful Spanish music and dance. Over the next few weeks, there are some fabulous opportunities to enjoy magnificent Spanish culture: next Thursday (5 Sept) on the programme of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s third concert in the Early Spring season [...]

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Ballet For The Eyes And Ears

3rd September, 2019|Music, Theatre|

Balletomanes are in for a treat: there are two options of immersing yourself into glorious ballet – this Thursday (5 Sept) as part of the programme for the third concert of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Early Spring season, the orchestra will play two pieces by one of ballet’s greatest composers: Tchaikovsky: his Variations on a [...]

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#MyBoyCan #BoysDanceToo

3rd September, 2019|Theatre|

#BoysDanceToo Shall We Dance Playhouse Opera: 6 – 15 September 21st JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and other venues: 27 August - 8 September Hilton Arts Festival Hilton: 13 – 15 September Durban is part of the topical global response honouring boy and men dancers, dubbed #BoysDanceToo sharing the strong message against bullying, [...]

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Next Comedy Stop…. Hilton

2nd September, 2019|Theatre|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September The region’s biggest arts festival is a few days away. One of the features of this year’s annual Hilton Arts Festival taking place from 13 to 15 September, is a powerfully funny line up of comedy (as well as music, drama, art, crafts, musical theatre…). Pictured getting ready to [...]

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North Coast Regional Title Gets Snapped Up By Tholokuhle

2nd September, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Fast 5s Netball North Coast Regional Empangeni High School: Saturday 31 August After a vibrant day of netball, the Nseleni’s compact team from Tholokuhle High School took the top honours in the first North Coast Regional of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Fast 5s Netball hosted by Empangeni High School. The excitement rippled [...]

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Spring Is Around The Corner

31st August, 2019|Theatre|

Spring is indeed around the corner – officially the first day of spring is tomorrow (Sunday 1 September). Getting ready for the change in season are performers Bryan Hiles and Cara Roberts. Bryan will be playing with Platform Jazz for their 30-year celebration at S43 today (Saturday 31 August 31) and at the Durban Jewish [...]

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MADE Arts Institute

29th August, 2019|Theatre|

MADE Arts Institute to open in the inner city MADE Institute: Diakonia Centre Durban arts entrepreneurs MADE (Mzansi Arts Development) are opening an arts institute to be based at the Diakonia Centre in the inner city, to teach music skills and dance instruction to encourage live arts practitioners to have the qualifications to formalise their [...]

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From Berea To Hilton

29th August, 2019|Music, Theatre|

Many of the country’s top theatre-makers and artists will be heading to the Midlands for the annual Hilton Arts Festival from 13 – 15 September which offers an artistic smorgasbord from serious music to stand-up comedy and everything in between. Jem Atkins from On Fire Comedy (Scared Scriptless, Rob van Vuuren’s Again) and Kwazi Mhlongo [...]

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Michelle Douglas Back At Hilton Arts Festival

28th August, 2019|Theatre|

Aberfan: The Mistake that Cost a Village its Children Photographer Harry Lock captured Johannesburg actor Michelle Douglas at last year’s festival after her performance in Mike van Graan’s tense political thriller, Green Man Flashing, as part of his Out of Character photo essay. This year Douglas will return to the festival as one of the [...]

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2 – 4 – 1 Special

28th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Be ready to log on to book tickets at 08h00 on 2 September to take advantage of this 24 hour special. From 08h00 on 2 September for 24 hours you will be able to take advantage of this buy one get one free offer. It is only applicable to certain productions so [...]

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Wide Musical Diversity

27th August, 2019|Music|

Hilton Arts Festival From opera, to classical and music revue to jazz and Maskani , there is something for everyone. One of the obligations of a festival is to provide as wide a variety of genres of music, performance and art as possible. Festivals should also foster young new talent. The Hilton Arts Festival which [...]

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New Look Bespoke Market

27th August, 2019|Markets & Fairs|

Hilton Arts Festival The 27th Hilton Arts Festival boasts a more streamlined, quality bespoke market highlighting the importance of locally made goods, organic food and home-made crafts. The Festival is proud to announce that there is a new layout to the craft market and that every effort has been made to ensure that all stalls [...]

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Dead Good Music!

27th August, 2019|Music|

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019 Early Spring Season Durban City Hall: Thursday 29 Aug, 5 & 12 Sept KZN Philharmonic Orchestra viola player Annamaria D’Andrea, gets in touch with her Day of the Dead alter-ego ahead of this Thursday’s 2019 Early Spring Season concert in the Durban City Hall during which Saint-Saëns’s unforgettable La Danse Macabre [...]

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27 Years And Still Going Strong!

27th August, 2019|Art, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Long service deserves prizes … and here are three prizes for you - an audience member. After 27 years, it has been interesting to reflect how many people have been involved in KZN’s leading art festival, held this year from 13 to 15 September at Hilton College, near Pietermaritzburg. Sue Clarence, the [...]

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Learn The Art Of Fencing At Hilton Arts Festival!

27th August, 2019|Music|

Here is another new, exciting opportunity for visitors at the Hilton Arts Festival at Hilton College from 13 - 15 September. Experts in the art of fencing will be giving demonstrations and inviting the public to have a go. Fencing is a sport for both boys and girls of all ages. Midlands Fencing Academy has [...]

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Spring Is Around The Corner

22nd August, 2019|Music|

Thank you Yi-Jia Susanne Hou for being such a sport yesterday…. It was great to meet you, and such a fun shoot. “Spring is around the corner” indeed it is! and thank you Robin Opperman for making the springs for the shoot all rather silly really….. KZN Philharmonic season starts again tonight…..that’s Thursday evenings sorted [...]

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A Busy Time For Cathy Peacock!

21st August, 2019|Uncategorized|

“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 [...]

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Handover Of Ambulance By Japanese Embassy

20th August, 2019|Other|

Formal Handover: Denis Hurley Centre: Thursday 22 Aug at 3pm The Government of Japan has invested R1 million in helping the homeless of Durban. Their generous grant has enabled the Denis Hurley Centre to buy a high-roof Mercedes Sprinter van and convert it into a state-of-the-art mobile clinic / ambulance. The vehicle has been in [...]

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Helalia Claims Her Fifth SPAR Title

18th August, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Women's 10/5km Pietermaritzburg: Sunday 18 August Claiming the title of the Maritzburg SPAR Women’s 10/5km, this year’s queen of the SPAR Grand Prix, Helalia Johannes (Nedbank) took the top honours in a course record breaking time of 32.23. In a full field of 4,500 runners - this is the fifth time this year [...]

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2019 Shall We Dance

15th August, 2019|Theatre|

Playhouse Opera: 6 – 15 September “And a 5,6,7,8 ……” Returning to the Playhouse Opera from 6 – 15 September, the annual dance showcase Shall We Dance is back with more steps than the mythical stairway to heaven. Celebrating its 27th year this year, the annual showcase extravaganza of Durban’s diverse dance scene will be [...]

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2019 Early Spring Season

15th August, 2019|Music|

KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s 22 Aug – 12 Sept Durban City Hall: 22 Aug, 5 & 12 Sept Playhouse Opera: 29 Aug 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 [...]

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Film At The Fest

13th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Hilton College: 13 – 15 September A ‘reely’ interesting selection of films will be on offer at the 27th Hilton Arts Festival taking place on the magnificent grounds of the Hilton College from 13 – 15 September. As part of the 237 scheduled events this year, a feast of film has been [...]

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