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Horn soloist, Sorin Osorean performs Alexander Glazuno's Reverie for horn and orchestra as part of the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra's Gala Concert for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Sunday 05 July 2015. The Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Richard Cock. (Photo: CuePix/Harold Gess)

Directing the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) through a wideranging programme, conductor Richard Cock showed his expertise in handling varied repertoire. However, it is as an accompanist that Cock excels, and his sensitive leadership of the orchestra through an array of accompaniments created artistic space where each soloist had ample opportunity to showcase their craft.

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In a brace of three French chanson, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana – this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Music – proved his mettle as a recitalist of merit. Communicating the essence of each song with unrestrained emotion, Ngqungwana’s close identification with the artistic idiom underpinned his ability to transfer the soul of each chanson with untrammelled abandon.

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Review: Chamber Concert

Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO), joined by concert pianist Albie van Schalkwyk, presented two strongly contrasting works from the chamber music repertory

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The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra is involved in more than eight musical events during the 2012 National Arts Festival. Despite limited time for rehearsals and such a variety of shows, they consistently produce crowd-pleasing performances, demonstrating their devotion to music.

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