Enjoy songs of praise

The St Mark Marimba Band members are, from left, Keegan Solomons, Reagan Elders, Elroy Lewin, Fabrizio Breda, and (in training) Shaquille Bowman.

Acclaimed conductor Richard Cock will conduct The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town in collaboration with Lavender Hill based St Mark Marimba Band in two Songs of Praise concerts this weekend.

The concerts take place in Cape Town central at the Groote Kerk in Adderley Street on Saturday August 17, at 7pm, and the King of Kings Baptist Church in Fish Hoek on Sunday August 18, at 2.30pm.

The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, Cape Town’s oldest and one of its best-loved choral groups, comprises more than 120 amateur singers, of all ages and backgrounds, who seek to contribute to the South African musical landscape by performing a diverse and challenging repertoire of music. It is under the musical directorship of Richard Haigh.

Established in 1999, St Mark Marimba Band plays a vital role in uniting St Mark Anglican Church and members of the Lavender Hill community.

St Mark Marimba Band represents a collaboration between
St Mark Anglican Church and the Lavender Hill based non-governmental organisation (NGO) New World Foundation. The NGO sponsors marimba instruments and life-skill facilitation for members of the community who signed up to join the marimba band.

The current marimba team collectively has almost two decades experience. The band performs arrangements that vary from traditional Anglican and other music styles to modern hymns and tunes.

The present team comprises Keegan Solomons, Reagan Elders, Elroy Lewin, Fabrizio Breda, and (in training) Shaquille Bowman.

The following songs of praise are included in the concert programme: Masithi Amen (Stephen Cuthbert Molefe), Siyahamba (arranged by Anders Nyberg), There is a higher throne (Keith Getty and Kristyn Lennox), Te Deum laudamus (Charles Villiers Stanford), God is working his purpose out (Millicent Douglas Kingham), Fairest Lord Jesus (Derek Hakes revised by Craig Courtney) and For the Beauty of the Earth (John Rutter).

Tickets for the Songs of Praise concert are available at R150 from www.quicket.co.za For more information, email info@philharmoniachoir.capetown