Divine music coming to Soweto

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

For a good part of my life classical music - as in orchestral music and opera - was completely alien to me.

I regarded it as boring at best and at worst as something that only old and mainly white people really appreciated.

That was until I started attending classical concerts and operas. By the time Classic FM came on the scene I was already converted.

Classical music and opera calm the nerves and demonstrates that good music, like other refined art forms, is divine.

If you still believe, as I did, that this type of music is boring I urge you to attend the 25th Anniversary of the South African Messiah, Celebrating a singing nation.

Some of the country's best classical outfits will render spiritually uplifting music on April 13 at the Holy Cross Anglican Church, Orlando West, Soweto.

The concert is anchored by the Johannesburg Chamber Orchestra, Soweto Youth Orchestra and Soweto Young Voices. It starts at 2.30pm.

Soloists are Loveline Madumo (soprano), Nomthandazo Mkize (contralto), Khotso Tshekeletsa (tenor) and Peter Mcebi (bass).

The conductor is Kutlwano Masote, artistic director of the Johannesburg Chamber Orchestra.

Michael Masote (Kutlwano's father) is the man behind the South African Messiah, the first version of which, Black Messiah, he completed in 1983.

The South African Messiah was completed in 1996. With the new South Africa's spirit of inclusiveness Afrikaans has been added to the original English libretto to give birth to The South African Messiah.