The Friends of Music - History of the Organisation
The Friends of Music organisation was formed by highly respected Durban music personality, Dr Vera Dubin, in 1983 when the city disbanded its orchestra and music lovers where left without any access to classical music.
The main purpose of the organisation is the staging of recitals featuring top local, national and international solo artists and chamber music groups. Thereby offering the opportunity of all Durban’s citizens to enjoy and experience the skills of the very best in musical performances in an environment more intimate than a huge concert hall.
These recitals also afford musicians from all backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their creativity, skill and talent.
The organisation has gone from strength to strength and is now involved in several other important initiatives. The most important of these is the Prelude Performer programme. Young and up-and-coming artists, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, are featured as a curtain raiser at the start of every recital. The exposure these young people get in performing on a professional stage before a knowledgeable audience in invaluable in their musical development.
The young performers also receive a generous fee which is intended to assist them with their studies.
Friends of Music has a close working relationship with the South African Society of Music Teachers (SASMT). Once a year they present a special recital entitled Rising Stars which features the cream of the students who study under the members of SASMT.
Annually Friends of Music sponsor a charity concert on behalf of the Beth Shalom home for the aged. Many of Durban’s top musicians including the renowned KZNPO perform for free or with a substantially reduced fee for this very successful initiative.
Friends of Music has a close working relationship with the KZNPO and co-ordinates pre-concert lectures prior to all their concerts. Experts in the field give insight into the music to be played that evening thereby enhancing the concert experience for all.
Recently the society has formed a relationship with i Grandi Tenori (The Grand Tenors), an organisation which is dedicated to the development and support of promising singers from rural schools. By organising joint concerts we hope to raise funds to support this worthy cause.