Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Southbank Centre: Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble Perform 16 July 2014 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Southbank Centre

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Overture, Castor et Pollux

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from Castor et Pollux
Ernest Bloch: Nigun (Improvisation) from Baal Shem Suite
Johannes Brahms: Selection from Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.52a arr. Hermann
Jenö Hubay: Csárda Scene No.4, Hejre Kati (Hey Katie!), Op.32 for violin & orchestra
Karl Jenkins: Soweto Suite for strings
.: Classic pop songs featuring Buskaid vocalists
.: African Kwela and Gospel arr. by Buskaid musicians

The Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble perform a concert of classical music, classic pop and township kwela music.
Made up of 30 young African musicians drawn from less privileged communities, the Ensemble take to the stage to showcase their musical versatility.
Buskaid helps children in Soweto, South Africa learn and play classical music.
The trust believes that all children in the townships of South Africa should be given the opportunity to channel their creative energies and talents through learning and playing to the highest international standards.
Directed by Buskaid's founder, British viola player Rosemary Nalden MBE, the Ensemble is now internationally renowned for its stylistic approach to baroque, classical and romantic repertoire, as well as for its own vibrant and original arrangements of South African Kwela and Gospel music.
The Ensemble are joined on stage by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins CBE, who conducts a performance of his Soweto Suite for Strings, which he gave to Buskaid in 2012.

Both Karl Jenkins and Rosemary Nalden celebrate their 70th birthdays this year.

Comment by email:
Dear Bill,  Thank you very much indeed!  Wish you could be there!  Warm wishes, Rosemary [Rosemary Nalden MBE]

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