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The robust rhythms of marches and lilting sway of a waltz will have local audiences on their feet when the Royal Symphony enthralls with a magical compilation of rousing and elegant music performed by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Royal Symphony Concert, now in its eighth year, is presented by The Royal Show in association with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Revival, takes place on the morning of Sunday 26 May from 10h00 on the Great Stage of the Main Arena. Experience the pageantry, pomp, ceremony and splendour of this grand selection with toe-tapping rhythms and sweeping melodies under a sparkling, blue African sky.

The programme is conducted by South African Kutlwano Masote and introduced by Andy Capostagno. Well known as Super Sport commentator on everything from rugby to netball, Capostagno has a secret love for the classics and all things relating to musical trivia.

Who is Kutlwano Masote?

Kutlwano Masote Classical Musician at Royal Show 2019

Born into a musical family in Soweto, Kutlwano Masote began violin lessons at an early age under the tutelage of his father, Michael, a respected music teacher and founder of the Soweto Symphony Orchestra. He took up the cello at the age of eleven and soon became a pupil of Peta-Ann Holdcroft and later Marian Lewin.

After studying at the University of the Witwatersrand, he was awarded a scholarship by Yehudi Menuhin to study cello and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. During this time Masote was a pupil of Radu Aldulescu and was part of the world-renowned Camerata Lysy. Upon his return to South Africa in 1998, Masote joined the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO). After the closure of the NSO, Masote became involved in various music NGOs like the Johannesburg Music Initiative, MIAGI, the Arts and Culture Trust and is currently the chairman of the SAMRO Foundation.

His affinity for cross-cultural music projects and performances has set him apart as a versatile music director and conductor. He is also an orchestrator and arranger of music not usually performed by orchestras. To this end he has orchestrated music by hip hop artists Khuli Chana and Kwesta, soul singers Kabomo and Maleh as well as Lira, Sibongile Khumalo and Zonke. He regularly gets commissions to compose corporate jingles and signature tunes.

Some of the orchestras that he has worked with include the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Johannesburg and the Free State Orchestra.

Introducing Haylea Heyns:

Haylea Heyns is a singer/actress from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa with regular appearances in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. She is a Soprano and specializes in Light Classical Music and Musical Theatre, but is able to move from one style to another fairly effortlessly. She will be singing the anthems at the Royal Show 2019.

 royal show symphony haylea heyns

When and Where?

Extensive seating will be provided in the Main Arena and on the Grandstands. It is recommended that hats and/or umbrellas are included in your ‘bring alongs’ should it be a warm day.

Date: 26 May 2019 at 10am

Where: Main Arena, Royal Show Grounds 2019

Tickets: Get them here now:

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