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.

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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Catching Up With Nontuthuko Mashimane

13th August, 2019|Sport|

The first thing that strikes one when meeting livewire Pietermaritzburg athlete Nontuthuko Mashimane, is that this is one dynamo lady, who loves people and running with people. The Maritzburg born and bred, “Nontu” who will be on the starting line of the SPAR Women’s 10km/5km Challenge in the Capital come Sunday 18 August, is passionate [...]

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Where To Find Your HAF Programme

9th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival Bookings Open Ready, steady, go! Bookings open on Monday 12 August. Here’s what you need to know. The programme will appear in The Sunday Times on Sunday 11 August. Please note that this is in selected areas and not in every copy. But do not fear, it will also be online from [...]

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Double Dose Of Duigan

8th August, 2019|Music|

Sunday at the Opera: Durban Jewish Centre Sunday 18 August at 3pm Christopher Duigan Plays Chopin: Hilton Arts Festival: 13 – 15 Sept There are at least two opportunities to catch leading concert pianist and Steinway Artist Music Revival’s Christopher Duigan over the next few weeks. Friends of Music in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music [...]

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So Much More Than You Ever Imagined…

8th August, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Other, Theatre|

So much more than you ever imagined at The Hilton Arts Festival! And heaps for free! Hilton College: 13 – 15 September This year’s Hilton Arts Festival, scheduled to run from 13 – 15 September, offers a bumper 237 different events in more than 34 venues!! The Festival Director, Sue Clarence, has just spent a [...]

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Visual Art Takes Flight At Hilton Arts Festival

6th August, 2019|Art|

Hilton College: 13 to 15 September The Hilton Festival 2019 sees a huge increase in the number of participating visual artists as well as a diversity of exhibitions. Over the past few years the number of visual artists exhibiting at Hilton has steadily increased. Conversations with the artists have strongly suggested to the Festival management [...]

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Absa Gallery To Showcase At Hilton Arts Festival

5th August, 2019|Art|

Absa Gallery to showcase old masters and young break-out talent at Hilton Arts Festival Two of South Africa’s proudest artistic exports – JH Pierneef and Anton van Wouw – will come under the spotlight at this year’s Hilton Arts Festival between 13 and 15 September, when Absa features a sample of some of their leading [...]

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Book Launch – Game Changer Award

5th August, 2019|Other, Theatre|

Busy Time for Twist Durban Book Launch: Bat Centre: 17 August at 5pm Hilton Book Launch & Twist Productions: Hilton Arts Festival: 13 – 15 September Twist Theatre Development Projects will be launching the new book by Roel Twijnstra and Emma Durden, Acting in South Africa: Skills and Inspirations, in Durban on Saturday 17 August [...]

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Celebrate 30 Years Of Platform Jazz

5th August, 2019|Music|

S43: Saturday 31 August 31 Durban Jewish Centre: Sunday 1 September There are two opportunities to enjoy Platform Jazz, Durban’s well-known swing band, who is celebrating 30 years of making music: a jazz extravaganza in collaboration with Friends of Music on Sunday 1 September at the Durban Jewish Centre at 2.30pm, and the evening before [...]

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Hillcrest High School Claim First Fast 5s Title

5th August, 2019|Sport|

SPAR KZN Schoolgirl’s Fast 5s Netball Kuswag High School: Saturday 3 August The very first name to be engraved on the trophy at the inaugural SPAR KZN Schoolgirl’s Fast 5s Netball Tournament on Saturday 3 August at Kuswag High School is Hillcrest High School. The first SPAR Fast 5s tournament, hosted by Amanzimtoti High School [...]

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Q&A With Alyn Adams

2nd August, 2019|Theatre|

Comedian Alyn Adams is one of the comedians performing for the Heat City Comedy Festival Cannabliss: is a one-man stand-up comedy show written and performed by Alyn Adams, which is scheduled for one performance only at the Heat City Comedy Festival: at 6pm on Sunday, 4 August at the Seabrooke’s Theatre. Tickets at WebTickets The [...]

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Das Bundesjugendorchester

1st August, 2019|Music, Uncategorized|

National Youth Orchestra of Germany to perform in Durban Drban City Hall: Friday 9 August at 4pm The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is delighted to host a one-off public-holiday afternoon concert featuring the astonishing 90-strong Bundesjugendorchester (BJO) / National Youth Orchestra of Germany in the Durban City Hall on Friday 9 August at 4pm, as the [...]

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St Anne’s Score Silver

30th July, 2019|Sport|

St Anne’s College In their eighth appearance at the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, St Anne’s College eared themselves a successful second place. In a repeat of last year, St Anne’s earned themselves silver against St Mary’s DSG in a highly competitive end to the Grand Finals. In their second consecutive [...]

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Durban Girls College Earn Bronze

30th July, 2019|Sport|

Durban Girls’ College In their ninth appearance at the Grand Finals of the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, Durban Girls’ College finished third overall. In their pool, College came up against St Anne’s College (PMB North Regional Winners), Crawford La Lucia (DBN North Regional Winners), Amanzimtoti High School (DBN South Regional Winners) and Richards Bay’s [...]

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Fourth For Epworth

30th July, 2019|Sport|

Epworth School In their second Grand Finals appearance at the SPAR KZN Schoolgirls’ Hockey Challenge, Epworth School finished fourth overall. Representing the PMB Central Region, the team were drawn in Pool A where they took on St Mary’s DSG (Highway Regional Winners), Kokstad High School (Southern KZN Regional Winners), Ferrum High School (Northern KZN Regional [...]

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