Friends of Music - History and Purpose of the Organisation
Friends of Music is a Non-Profit Organisation which was founded by Durban patron of the arts Dr. Vera Dubin in 1983. Her intention was to stage regular classical music recitals in an environment more intimate than a huge concert hall.
For the past 37 years the organisation has provided a platform for solo and chamber music artists to display their talents to Durban audiences. The very best of local, national and international performers have graced our stages and have provided world class entertainment for our discerning music lovers.
Friends of Music is also dedicated to the development of new and promising talent. To that end the organisation runs a Prelude Performer programme where young and up-and-coming musicians from all backgrounds are given a 12-minute curtain raiser slot prior to the appearance of our main artists at all our recitals to showcase their ability. Not only does this give them the invaluable experience of performing on a professional stage and before a discerning audience, but they also receive a handsome fee to put towards their music lessons or instrument up-keep.
We are also of the belief that we need to support those who support us. As a result, on an annual basis we involve ourselves, both financially and by providing expertise, to both the Beth Shalom fund raising concert and the SASMT (South African Society of Music Teachers) Rising Stars concert, which features the best of their music students for the given year.
Friends of Music relies heavily on our funders, sponsors and donors for support to meet the not inconsiderable costs of staging these recitals.
Beth Shalom Old Age Home Fund Raising Concert
I Grandi Tenori