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.

Four Seasons…. Hunting Music

20th June, 2019|Music|

Not quite the pastoral hunting scene which Vivaldi had in mind when he composed his iconic Four Seasons, but Munich-based Korean violinist, Ye-Eun Choi, got inspired in the Durban Natural Science Museum ahead of the final concert in the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) 2019 Winter Season taking place in the Durban City Hall on Thursday [...]

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Four Seasons…. More Than Just A Pizza

20th June, 2019|Music|

Pic by Illa Thompson Experience the original Four Seasons: Vivaldi’s iconic musical masterpiece will be performed by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) in the final concert of the 2019 Winter Season. Pictured trying the Four Season pizza variety are visiting American conductor Robert Moody with KZNPO musicians Simiso Radebe and Sue-Phil Petersen. The final concert [...]

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Brenda Mtambo To Entertain At SPAR Women’s Challenge

19th June, 2019|Music, Sport|

Jonsson Kings Park Stadium: Sunday 23 June This year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the SPAR Women’s Challenge 10/5km, much-loved ‘soul sister’ Brenda Mtambo will take to the stage to entertain the crowds on Sunday 23 June at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium outer fields. Mtambo is known for her powerful, soulful voice, having sung [...]

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KickstArt’s Charlotte’s Web – Review by Chris Sutton (The Rat Line)

18th June, 2019|Theatre|

This gem of a story, penned by American author E.B White, should depress sales of bacon and pork sausages for a bit. But maybe not - as Charlotte points out; humans have short memories! Whilst White was not a vegetarian himself he was apparently very aware that a farmer is one who betrays his animals [...]

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Fast Pace Expected At SPAR Women’s Challenge

18th June, 2019|Sport|

SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km / 5km Durban: Sunday 23 June As thousands of women gear up to participate in the 30th SPAR Women’s Challenge 10km/5km, attention falls on the front runners who will be making great strides towards yet another quick pace in the hopes of an impressive pay out in this milestone event. To [...]

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2019 Jongosi Youth Programme Released

13th June, 2019|Art, Markets & Fairs, Music, Theatre|

Hilton Arts Festival: Friday 13 September Bookings are now open for the 2019 Jongosi Youth programme at the Hilton Arts Festival. The full programme and all details are available on www.hiltonfestival.co.za . Jongosi takes place on the first day of the annual Hilton Arts Festival – 13 September this year – in the grounds of [...]

The Matchume-Mashiloane Project

13th June, 2019|Music|

Matchume from Maputo and Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane from Durban explore new musical horizons Nzango Artist Residency and iSupport Creative Business present the Ponte-Maputo Durban project, a unique exchange opportunity involving two musicians and a photographer taking place throughout the month of June. The two musicians, multi-instrumentalist Matchume and pianist Sibusiso Mash Mashiloane, will be spending [...]

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Mostly Mozart

13th June, 2019|Music|

KZNPO Winter Season Week Three – “Mostly Mozart” Durban City Hall: Thursday 13 June – 7.30pm GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Sodi Braide, noted young British born pianist of Nigerian parentage, is caught playing on the magnificent Steinway piano in Durban’s City Hall for the first time ahead of his performance with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra [...]

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Road Closures And Parking For SPAR Women’s Challenge

13th June, 2019|Sport|

Participants and their supporters of the Durban SPAR Women’s 10/5km Challenge that takes place on Sunday 23 June around Jonsson Kings Park Stadium and Moses Mabhida stadium precinct are reminded to arrive early and plan their route to the race, and where they will park. As always there are a number of road closures that [...]

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Trumpeter Lungani Gumede @ The Rainbow

12th June, 2019|Music|

Saturday 15 June Rainbow Restaurant and Concerts SA present the Lungani Gumede Quintet in Concert- this Saturday, 15 June. We might have seen the last of The Rainbow’s legendary Sunday afternoon concerts for a while but we are blessed to have trumpeter Lungani Gumede leading a quintet of some of Durban's finest onto The Rainbow [...]

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All At Sea With The KZNPO

10th June, 2019|Music|

World Oceans Day Week three: Durban City Hall: Thursday 13 June Acclaimed Japanese conductor, Maestro Yasuo Shinozaki, is pictured with Simiso Radebe, first violinist with the KZNPO on the steam tug Ulundi at the Port Natal Maritime Museum in honour of Saturday June 9, being World Oceans Day, which is a sustainable development goal supported [...]

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KZNPO Winter Season Line-Up

5th June, 2019|Music|

Weeks two and three: Durban City Hall: 6 and 13 June Yasuo Shinozaki, the acclaimed Japanese maestro, returns to the podium for the second and third concert programmes of the KZNPO Winter season taking place every Thursday in the Durban City Hall. Repertoire to be enjoyed on 6 June includes: Weber’s atmospherically charged overture to [...]

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Debbie Mari @ The Jazzy Rainbow

5th June, 2019|Music|

Friday 14 June The Jazzy Rainbow, part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which fosters love and support for live music in our communities, presents vocalist and pianist Debbie Mari at The Jazzy Rainbow on Friday 14 June. Debbie Mari is a lecturer in the Jazz Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Nata, School of [...]

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KickstArt acknowledges World Environment Day

5th June, 2019|Theatre|

Wednesday 5 June Charlotte’s Web Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre: 13 June -7 July 2019 KickstArt actors Mthokozisi Zulu and Lyle Buxton who are appearing in Charlotte’s Web, the timeless children’s book by E.B White which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on UKZN campus from 13 June until 7 July, add their name in support of [...]

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Music To Remember The Fallen

5th June, 2019|Music|

KZNPO Winter Season line-up Weeks two and three: Durban City Hall: 6 and 13 June Photo by Doctor Ngcobo Acclaimed Japanese maestro Yasuo Shinozaki, prepares for Thursday evening’s KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Symphony Season concert by contemplating those who lost their lives in the Great War by visiting the Durban City Cenotaph war memorial near [...]

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Suite 415 Presents Baroque Concert

3rd June, 2019|Music|

Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg: 9 June at 12pm PMB: A glorious late Autumn afternoon concert of wonderful Baroque music performed by Suite 415 will be held at the Tatham art gallery on Sunday 9 June from 12pm. Suite 415 comprises an affiliation of some of the province’s most accomplished and respected classical and Baroque musicians: [...]

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Trombonist Siyalo Zulu Live In Concert

30th May, 2019|Music|

@ The Jazzy Rainbow Friday 7 June The Jazzy Rainbow, part of the Concerts SA Venue Circuit which fosters love and support for live music in our communities, presents trombonist and composer Siyalo Zulu at The Jazzy Rainbow on Friday 7 June. Originally from Pietermaritzburg, Zulu has taken the opportunity to play music with various [...]

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Winter Hope

29th May, 2019|Other|

Winterhoop / Winter Hope Give hope. Give warmth 1 – 30 June 2019 Winterhoop is a national campaign, taking place from the first of June until 30 June, designed to gather donations for the less fortunate to help them through a potentially cold winter. This year Winterhoop is partnering with the Denis Hurley Centre in [...]

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BANDUSTRY Sessions

28th May, 2019|Music|

BANDUSTRY sessions in collaboration with Concerts SA and Zakifo 28 May & 30 May 28 May / 1-3pm / The Bat Centre 28 May / 7-10pm / Curiocity / Eat the Stage Before the Stage Eats You 30 May / 7-10pm / The Charlatan / Women in Music Bandustry presents three interactive sessions this week [...]

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Durban SPAR Turns 30

27th May, 2019|Sport|

Durban SPAR Women’s 10/5km Challenge celebrates 30 years on Entries are open for the much-loved Durban SPAR Women’s 10/5km Challenge, the race that started the now iconic national women’s running event, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year on Sunday 23 June. The Challenge, has over the years, seen hundreds of South Africa’s top athletes, including [...]

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Winter Is Coming…..

27th May, 2019|Music|

KZNPO Winter Season: 30 May – 20 June Concert One – Durban City Hall Thursday 30 May at 7.30pm The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) proudly opens its four-concert 2019 Winter Season this week, which runs in the Durban City Hall every Thursday from 30 May to 20 June, each concert starting at 7.30pm. Conductor Lykele [...]

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Zakifo Philosophy Echoes Africa Day

25th May, 2019|Music|

Today marks Africa Day, the celebration of the creation of the union of Africa on 25 May 1963. This day commemorates cultural diversity across the African continent. Understanding that “Music is the language of us all”, the Zakifo Music Festival supports everything the African union strives for, with a diverse line up from musical artists. [...]

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Listen Up: Zakifo On Vibe fm

23rd May, 2019|Music|

Nipho Hurd from Zakifo Music Festival and Sands, Afro soul singer from Swaziland look forward to chatting to Lucky Cele from Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble about the awesome, upcoming Zakifo Festival tomorrow at 10.15 on Vibe fm

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Meute Marches To Jozi Beat

23rd May, 2019|Music|

Zakifo Music Festival 24 May - 01 June 2019 Meute, the 11-piece techno marching band from Hamburg, Germany, surprised and delighted lunch hour commuters in Braamfontein today with a flash-mob style guerrilla gig. Meute is a ground-breaking brass ensemble that combines hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music. They are due to give a [...]

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Musgrave Methodist Curry Feast!

21st May, 2019|Markets & Fairs, Other|

Musgrave Methodist Hall: Friday 31 May: 4pm until 7pm What could be more distinctly Durban than a sundowner curry feast and fellowship with friends in the beautiful gardens and hall of Musgrave Methodist Church on Friday 31 May from 4pm until 7pm. The proactive Musgrave Methodist family is committed to preserving their beautiful 125-year-old building [...]

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