It’s summer time and the living is easy down at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with the start of the V&A Amphitheatre’s free music concerts every weekend during October.
The V&A Summer Sessions, presented by Mercedes Benz, kicked off on Saturday, October 4, with a performance by Mario Ogle, who was subsequently followed by acts the like of Lana Crowster, Top Dog, the UCT Choir and The Plastics.
Next up is the first of the semi-finals for the 2014 Gift of the Voice on Friday, October 17, between 6.30 and 8 pm. A total of 10 choirs have been entered into the contest. In this, the first of two semi-finals, choirs from Gene Louw Primary, Rustenburg Girls Primary and Panorama Primary will compete alongside senior choirs from Gene Louw and Monte Visa schools. The first-placed choir will be announced on Friday, October 31, and the winners will walk away with high-tech voice projection equipment worth R10000 for their schools. The finals will take place on Friday, October 31.
Local audiences can also soak up the ambiance of the Waterfront on a warm, summers evening on Saturday, October 18, with the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO), the Masadlale Quartet and Hugo Lambrecht’s Saxophone Quartet. The musicians will perform between 4 and 7pm. The Masadlale musicians, who hail from Gugulethu and Langa, have received string instrument training from the CPYO. The Hugo Lambrechts Saxophone Quartet consists of learners from The Settlers High and DF Malan High schools.
On Friday, October 24, between 6.30 and 8pm, the competition for the 2014 Gift of the Voice hots up as the next set of semi-finalists perform. Junior choirs from Mikro, SACS and Rondebosch Boys junior schools and senior choirs from Goodwood and Kenridge Primary will compete.
Music fans are then invited to show their support for the talented finalists of the 2014 Gift of the Voice competition on Friday, October 31, between 6.30 and 8.30pm. Four finalist junior choirs and two finalist senior choirs will battle it out for the coveted crown.