Heritage Day Concert – 170 years

This concert that was a culmination of hours of practice, planning and advertising. Thank you to all those who came to support this historic and memorable celebration.

170 years of existence rolled together with Heritage Day took the quality of music to another level. The guest musicians gave so much of their time and talent.

According to the Berea Mail, ” Melvin Peters, who has been the music director for the past 15 years, has been instrumental in establishing and promoting the church as a concert venue. In keeping with the cultural diversity of the parish, the concert will feature a variety of music genres and musicians. The main performer is Tim Gunther, an organist and choirmaster from Bremen, Germany.”

Tim Gunther, an organist and choirmaster from Bremen, Germany visited Durban under the auspices of the City Partnership that exists between Durban and Bremen. Gunther is currently the Music Director at St Stephani Kulturkirche in Bremen, a venue dedicated primarily to the promotion of the arts.

The concert on Heritage Day also featured the St Paul’s Choir, as well as the Melvin Peters Quartet: Jeff Robinson on sax and flute, Philani Ngidi on bass, Bruce Baker on drums and Melvin Peters on piano. The St Paul’s Choir sang well-known music by Bach, Mozart as well as a few contemporary composers, whilst the quartet will focus on jazz that emanates primarily from South Africa.

“When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.” – Nelson Mandela

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