Bongiwe Madlala (soprano), Federico Freschi (baritone), Junnan Sun (clarinet), Christopher Duigan (piano) and Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko

Friday 14 September 2018 7:30 pm
Tatham Art Gallery
Secure parking
Tickets : R150 includes refreshments
Booking : Bryony 033 392 2825 (mornings only) or email at

In September The Tatham Art Gallery Board of Trustees presents a gala concert not to be missed! A special occasion to mark the retirement of the Gallery Director Brendan Bell, after 27 years of service, this concert serves to acknowledge his enormous contribution as head of the gallery since 1992 ahead of his retirement at the end of September 2018. 

Leading the star studded line-up will be Pietermaritzburg-born soprano Bongiwe Madlala and much-loved baritone and Tatham supporter Federico Freschi. They will sing a selection of popular arias and duets.This will include arias from Italian operas La Wally, La Traviata, La Boheme, and songs  by Noel Coward.

Star clarinetist and principal of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra Junnan Sun plays music by Rossini. Sun is joined on stage by visiting pianist Vitaly Pisarenko who is currently on tour on South Africa. First Prize winner of the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht and Third Prize winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition 2015 Pisarenko was described by the New York Times as an "Immensely gifted pianist...with prodigious technique, myriad shadings and scrupulous accuracy…" 

The concert,  featuring a star international pianist,  serves to highlight and make official presentation of the recently acquired Shigeru Kawai grand  piano purchased by the gallery to replace the more than 70 year-old instrument  previously in use. This ensures the continuation of highly successful and engaging concerts for local audiences at the Tatham.

Also to be heard at the piano is pianist Christopher Duigan who co-ordinates the programme.

Guest will be offered a glass of bubbly, served before the concert, and coffee and other refreshments at interval.

Booking for this gala event is essential and places are limited. Advance payment will be expected by EFT. Those attending are invited to dress in accordance with the splendour of the evening. To book contact with Bryony 033 392 2825 (mornings only) or email at Bryony.Clark@msunduzi.gov.za Tickets are R150 including refreshments.


FOTAG (Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery) invite the public to attend a tour of The KwaZulu-Natal Museum on Thursday 12 July at 10h30. The tour, which will be conducted by Heather Pattenden, senior exhibitions officer and designer at the museum, will be based on some of the existing displays and exciting current contemporary changes. A behind the scenes tour of the exhibitions studio, workshop, new Africa exhibition, Climate Change display and upcoming Mandela exhibition will also be included. Book early as places are limited. (Approx 90 mins)
Thursday 12 July 10h30
Tickets R50  (Includes refreshments and Museum entry fee)

Booking :Heather at  email: chris@fotag.co.za or sms WhatsApp 083 417 4473
Parking at Tatham Art Gallery and walk to the Museum.
Places limited to 18