The Italian music term “Vigoroso”, which is translated as vigorously, energetically, dynamically and enthusiastically, is probably the best term to describe the general attitude during the 2019 Music Tour to Kwazulu-Natal.
It has been a while since I have experienced such a positive approach to making and sharing music from a group of talented young musicians and music staff. Right from the first concert in an amazingly well-designed auditorium at Cowan House, it was clear that everyone was out to do their best on stage. The acoustics lent itself to excellent balance and the young audience participated and reacted spontaneously to a performance of high quality.
The outdoor performance at a beautiful St Anne’s Diocesan College was a balance between a perfect winter day and great entertainment from all the ensembles on stage. Our next stop was at St Mary’s DSG, where we presented the girls, staff and guests with a lunch-hour concert in their very unique auditorium.
The tour was concluded with a shared concert with the Music Department of Hilton College. Our musicians wowed a packed hall with music of outstanding quality. “We never expected music of such excellent quality” was one of the many comments made by staff and members of the audience during the tour.
The tour was not all work and no play and we had the opportunity to visit the odd shopping mall and some excellent restaurants. One of the highlights was a visit to the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.
My sincere gratitude goes to all the staff members who contributed to the success of the tour and to our young musician whose behavior was nothing short of excellent at all times.