Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble celebrates 25 years

On July 17, the Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble will perform once again at the Linder Auditorium where it will celebrate 25 years of extraordinary music-making in this venue.

Rosemary Nalden, founder of Buskaid, reminisces: “25 years ago I stepped on to the stage of the Linder Auditorium for the first time to perform in Buskaid’s inaugural concert, with 15 school-age children from Diepkloof, Soweto. Little did I imagine on that day, that 25 years later, I would find myself on the very same stage, celebrating some of the most extraordinary achievements imaginable – from the London Proms at the Royal Albert Hall to a World Cup fan park in Damascus; from the Cité de la Musique in Paris to a Mori P in New Zealand; from the Bamboo Cathedral in Colombia to a Dutch barge in Holland. The list is endless, but our annual appearance at the Linder is, for all of us, extra special, as we get to play to our loyal, enthusiastic and supportive Joburg audience. Our innovative programme will highlight the diverse talents of these extraordinary young Buskaid musicians – a few of whom actually played in that first concert!”

This internationally acclaimed string ensemble will perform the World Première of “Scarlatti in Soweto,” a quirky, jazzy piece by the renowned British USA-based composer, Julian Grant, written especially for Buskaid. Also included in the billing is a suite of stunning music by the French baroque composer Lully.

Buskaid’s brilliant young violinist Mzwandile Twala will be performing Dvoák’s magical “Romance for Violin and Orchestra.” Twala (born in 2000) was one of the youngest children to start learning the violin at Buskaid. In 2018, he gained his DipABRSM with Distinction. He enjoys playing chamber music and experimenting with jazz improvisation; he is currently freelancing with both the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Phoenix Orchestra.

The performance will end with a selection of pieces by Northern European composers as well as a few new pop songs and a good helping of energetic Kwela, which will have the audience smiling and dancing.

Buskaid will also perform at the Dutch Church on July 3 at 3pm. This concert is free but donations will be warmly welcomed.


Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble Performance details:

17 July at 3pm, Linder Auditorium, Wits
Tickets: R300 (concessions R175)
Early bird special until 30 June: R250 (concessions R150)
No children under the age of 6 years
No Refunds
All COVID protocols will be observed

For any enquiries, please contact the Buskaid office: 011 442 9676.


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