On Sunday 23 June 2019, the NAC-SA Cape Town Orchestra presented a Gala Concert at Silvertown Auditorium.

The New Apostolic Church building in the Cape Town suburb has played host to many concerts in the past few years. On this occasion, the orchestra presented themselves in the finest form.

The programme was classical and included pieces by composers such as Mozart, Smetana, Grieg, Borodin and Beethoven. The sustained minor chords of the Egmont Overture followed by a slow Sarabande dance and then concluding in an explosive victory emphasized storytelling through music. Whereas the Waltz of the flowers by Tchaikovsky with the warm horn sounds swept the audience off their feet. The programme was specially selected to enhance the orchestra in terms of their growth and development.

The concert also featured many firsts. It was the first concert

  • that only comprised of an orchestra since the establishment of what was then called the “School Orchestra”.
  • where attendees were able to pre-register their tickets.
  • where attendees received an email from the conductor
  • with a pre-concert talk in the New Apostolic Church. Pre-concert talks also take place before a Cape Philharmonic & Berlin Philharmonic event.
  • streamed via Facebook in NAC Southern Africa.

It was also the first concert where members of the orchestra agreed to wear happy socks!