One more round for Buskaid at Linder Auditorium celebrating 25 years of artistic excellence

By CityLIfe Arts Writer

Classical music lovers who may have missed the performance by Buskaid in March must be hap[py to know that on July 17,  2022, 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.

Buskaid is a charitable trust registered both in the UK and SA. It was founded in 1992 by British viola player Rosemary Nalden in response to a BBC radio interview highlighting the plight of a group of young string players in Diepkloof, Soweto. Nalden enlisted the support of 120 of her professional colleagues who took part in a simultaneous ‘busk’ in March 1992 at sixteen British Rail stations. In two hours they raised £6000 for the benefit of the young township musicians. Since then several hundred distinguished musicians have participated in a further four ‘busks’. Funding now comes from South African corporate sponsorship, various South African and UK Trusts, individual donations, CD/DVD sales and performances by the Buskaid musicians.

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.

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

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One thought on “One more round for Buskaid at Linder Auditorium celebrating 25 years of artistic excellence

  1. Hi Edward
    It was lovely to meet you at Thonton Kabeya‘s opening at the ER.
    Where is the Dutch Church where the free Buskaid Concert will take place on Sunday? And/ or do pensioners qualify for concessions at the Linder Auditorium?

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