The Durban Symphonic Choir was formed in 1966 by Heather Brandon at the request of the Durban Council, and has become a fully self-funding amateur choir whose diverse membership is comprised of people who share a love of music.
The choir has become well known for its presentations of major classical choral works, but it has also participated in many concerts of lighter music and has built up a loyal following of music lovers.
A varied repertoire has been developed and includes presentations of major choral works including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Bach’s St Matthew Passion; Joseph Haydn’s ‘The Creation’; the Requiems of Verdi, Brahms, Mozart, Fauré and Andrew Lloyd-Webber (SA premiere performance in 1991); Handel’s Messiah; Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Another favourite with audiences is Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, and it has often featured in the choir’s annual programme.
The choir’s standard of music-making has been acclaimed by leading figures including Sir David Willcocks and Piero Gamba. Locally, the choir has established a long lasting and happy relationship with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and frequently performs in concerts with them, sometimes joining forces with other choirs; among them being the Durban Serenade Choral Society, The KwaZulu Natal Chorale, the Pietermaritzburg Amateur Music Society, the East Coast Choristers, the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the London Bach Choir.
Under the direction of Ros Conrad, the DSC is continually looking for new ways in which to extend the choir’s appeal to a wider audience and to develop young and fresh talent that abounds in Durban and the surrounding areas.
Photographer: Wade Howard (July 2018)[/caption]