About Us

 

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Who Are We

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent – Victor Hugo

Music is a language that only some learn to ‘speak’ but which is universally understood and enjoyed by all. It is in the shared experience of a gathered audience that communities celebrate both their diversity and their common ground. Music brings the world together through its various genres, instruments and experiences, each song telling a story, each note holding a significant value. Music is found in the good times, the bad times and the magical times. Music is a sense of comfort, it’s there to reassure, motivate and inspire. Music is the language of the world ,strung intricately together by the notes of a melody. It is your language, it is my language, it is our language. Thus in South Africa, where many languages are spoken, and diverse cultures intersect, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra plays an important role. Ably led by Bongani Tembe for the past 19 years, the KZN Philharmonic has, through its message of hope and unity, continued to inspire its audiences and contribute toward social cohesion. The orchestra, through its myriad programmes, also contributes to economic development, job creation and helps to brand eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa positively around the world. The KZN Philharmonic is a professional orchestra of 70 multi-national musicians. Itholds a reputation of excellence and innovation among South African orchestras, resulting in a loyal support base from the local community, regular concert subscribers and visitors to the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

For collaborations with the KZN Philharmonic please contact the office of the Artistic Administrator on 031 369 9438 or email artsadmin@kznpo.co.za.

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Meet the Musical Dream Team

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Musicians

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive & Artistic Director


 

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Board

Bongani Tembe – Chief Executive and Artistic Director David Snaith – Orchestra committee chairman Dr Devi Rajab
John Barton Judge Chris Nicholson Judge President VukaTshabalala
Mick Hyatt Nandi Mandela Saki Makozoma – Chairman

 

Management and Staff

Bongani Tembe – Chief Executive and Artistic Director

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE:
Wendy Nelson – PA to the Chief Executive
Hayley Munro – Accountant

MARKETING:
Sue Murray – Marketing Director
Nompilo Mtshali – Marketing
Portia Masinga – Reception

OPERATIONS:
John Walton – Orchestra Manager
Daniel Walshaw – Artistic Administrator, Chief Librarian, New Music Coordinator
Wiseman Mkhize – Education & Development
Lykele Temmingh – Resident Conductor
Enock Ndimande – Crew
Patrick Ndlovu – Crew
Alson Ngcobo – Crew

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Mission & History

Founded in 1983 as part of the Natal Performing Arts Council (later The Playhouse Company), the KZN Philharmonic was restructured in April 1998 as an independent viable entity according to the new South African Arts and Culture dispensation policy. The Orchestra travels extensively and has undertaken highly successful tours to Europe and other parts of Africa. It is currently the resident orchestra for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, which will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014. The Orchestra is primarily funded by grants from eThekwini Municipality, the KZN Government, the National Department of Arts and Culture via the National Arts Council, and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. The remainder of its income is derived from sponsorships, donations, box office and hire outs. The World Symphony Series (WSS), which features world-renowned artists such as Renee Fleming, Pinchas Zuckerman, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Zubin Mehta, as well as top South African musicians such as SibongileKhumalo, FikileMvinjelwa, Anton Nel and Ben Schoeman, forms an integral part of the orchestra’s annual programme.

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Media Room

The media room is where you will be able to read up on all our online critiques and ratings as well as our media releases, which play an intricate part of who we are as an organisation.

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Careers & auditions

The following positions in the Orchestra are currently available:

Orchestra Vacancy: Principal Percussion

Applications are invited from suitably qualified musicians for the position of Principal Percussion. The KZN Philharmonic is a full time professional orchestra based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Previous orchestral experience is essential. Salary package includes six weeks paid leave, medical benefits, and relocation assistance. Applicants must be willing to relocate for a minimum of two years.

Download this document for full details of this position.

 

KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra Vacancy: Tutti Double Bass

Applications are invited from suitably qualified musicians for the position of Tutti Double Bass. The KZN Philharmonic is a full time professional orchestra based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Previous orchestral experience is essential. Salary package includes six weeks paid leave, medical benefits, and relocation assistance. Applicants must be willing to relocate for a minimum of two years.

To apply submit a curriculum vitae, references, and a video recording (for international players) of the audition repertoire. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send a digital file of their audition video (MP4 format) through Dropbox, however a DVD can be sent to the address below. Residents of South Africa must audition live.

Artistic Administrator, PO Box 5353, Durban, 4000, South Africa

Contact artsadmin@kznpo.co.za for application submissions and questions about auditions or the orchestra.

Deadline for receipt of materials (international applicants): 31 March 2014
Live auditions in Durban (South African residents): TBA (email artsadmin@kznpo.co.za)

Audition Repertoire:

Section A ~ concerto (one take)

One movement of a concerto – own choice – with cadenza

Section B ~ orchestral excerpts (one take that includes all excerpts)

Smetana The Bartered Bride: Overture Beginning – 5 bars after A
Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 3 Beginning – 5 bars after A
Trio – 23 bars after B
Strauss, R. Don Juan 7 bars after O – 5 bars before T
Mozart Symphony No. 40, Mvt. 1 20 bars before C – 5 bars after C
32 bars after D – E
Britten Young Person’s Guide Double Bass variation

 

*For copies of orchestral excerpts, contact: library@kznpo.co.za.

For foreign applicants find out more about South Africa by visiting www.southafrica.com or www.southafrica.info

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New Music

There is an open call for all South African composers to submit new scores. The KZN Philharmonic is always looking for new fresh material. This is an exceptional opportunity for composers to send works to South Africa’s leading orchestra for review and comment. Preference is given to orchestrations of 3333-4331-Timp+ 2 Perc-HP-Pno-Str or smaller. If you are interested in this great opportunity, please contact us.

Submission material should include:
1. Copy of your Score
2. Sample string part or other significant part. Full parts expected after selection.
3. CV and brief biography
4. Contact Information : Your name, address, email address and phone number.
*Rolling Deadline For Submissions
All submissions can be sent as PDF’s to newmusic@kznpo.co.za Physical copies can be sent to
New Music Coordinator
KZN Philharmonic Orchestra
PO Box 5353
Durban, 4000
South Africa