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Reboot for Classical Music at UJ

UJ Arts & Culture is taking advantage of its world-class theatre facilities and concert Steinway piano at its Arts Centre on the Kingsway campus to relaunch its classical music programme.

The planned series of classical concerts will feature leading classical musicians from Johannesburg and beyond, as well as the university’s award-winning choirs, and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra. Commenting on this three-pronged approach, UJ Arts Producer Grace Meadows says, “We are delighted to announce a greatly expanded programme of classical music for the coming year”.

The UJ Choir is based on UJ’s Kingsway Campus, and the Unijoh Choral is based on the UJ Soweto Campus. Together they represent the diversity of the City of Gold, performing a fine Western repertoire, as well as full-blooded African music. The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) officially took up residence on the UJ Bunting Road campus last year and will be reprising its series of concerts.

“We are thrilled to now be in the position to add to this by reintroducing a robust programme of professional classical concerts, featuring industry stalwarts, such as Richard Cock, Nicholas Nicolaidis, Malcolm Nay, the Umoya Wind Quintet, and the Resonance String Quartet,” Meadows says, adding that the season will culminate with the all-new Dean’s Gala Concert in November.

The full classical music programme at UJ for 2016 is as follows:

Resonance String Quartet

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

9 May: 17:30

Formed through their mutual love of chamber music, Resonance String Quartet features the talents of Kabelo Motlhomi (violin), Kabelo Monnathebe (violin), Tiisetso Mashishi (viola) and Daliwonga Tshangela (cello). The Resonance String Quartet’s repertoire is extensive, giving a classical spin on many genres of music, including jazz, kwela, pop, soul, tango, hymns, film scores/musicals and African music. Book at Computicket.

A Night with The Stars (Presented by JYOC)

27 and 28 May: 19:00

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

A musical celebration featuring the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra in concert with local celebrities Tim Moloi and Samantha Peo – for two nights only. For bookings call 011 484 1257 or email

Wits Trio – Malcolm Nay (Piano), Zanta Hofmeyr (Violin) and Maciej Lacny (Cello)

Reboot for Classical Music at UJ
Wits Trio

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

13 June: 17:30

Formed four years ago, the trio has performed at most of the major festivals and music societies in South Africa. Their programme includes works by Brahms and Beethoven. Book at Computicket.

IRA: Original Classical and Neo-Classical Works. Composed and performed by Daniel Geddes (piano)

UJ Con Cowan Theatre, Kingsway Campus

16 June: 19:30

An evening of beautiful music with Daniel Geddes on piano, performing a selection of original classical and neo-classical works. Compositions include pieces from Liquid Fusion’s IRA, PILCROW, BURN, as well as unreleased solo works. Contact or for ticket details.

Edmonton Youth Choir (Canada) & UJ Choir

15 July: 19:00

Hervormde Kerk, Johannesburg-Wes (16 Tenby Street South, Westdene)

The Edmonton Youth Choir has toured western Canada, Europe, Asia, and will then add South Africa to the list. On this night, our very own UJ Choir and the Edmonton Youth Choir will share each other’s gift of music by hosting a joint concert. For bookings and enquiries email

Umoya Ensemble

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

22 August: 17:30

This all-female wind quintet comprises Malané Hofmeyr-Burger (flute), Lesley Stansell (oboe), Chrisna Smith (clarinet), Penelope Ives (bassoon) and Shanon Armer (French horn). Meaning ‘wind’ or ‘spirit’ in Zulu, Umoya refers to the use of wind to produce sound on these magnificent instruments. The programme includes works by Bach, Milhaud and Reicha. Book at Computicket.

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Umoya Ensamble

JYOC Symphony Concert (Presented by JYOC)

UJ Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus

25 September: 15:00

This extraordinary group of young musicians presents a full symphony concert. Under the baton of conductor Eddie Clayton, the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) has achieved an immensely high standard of performance and is guaranteed to delight! For bookings call 011 484 1257 or email

UJ Choir Annual Celebration Concert

Sanlam Auditorium, Kingsway Campus

21 October: 19:30

The Annual Celebration Concert is hosted by the University choir to celebrate the year that was, by rendering a programme filled with the year’s repertoire in seraphic Western pieces and jubilant African songs. For bookings and enquiries email

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