The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is something that all us KZNatalians should be supporting as it is the only orchestra of its kind in South Africa. Made up of professional classical musicians, the orchestra is a delight to listen to. The orchestra does perform regularly at the City Hall but this music is classical and not to everyone’s taste, although you should go as you will probably be pleasantly surprised at how much you enjoy it – more about that another time, though.

On Sunday, the KZN Philharmonic will be playing music we all recognise: Christmas carols. Set in the beauty of the Botanic Gardens on the banks of the lake, there are usually hundreds of people who arrive to sing their hearts out. As the sun begins to set, thousands of candles are lit and it turns into one of those occasions that give you goosebumps.

Bring your picnic basket, blankets and low-slung beach chairs along. This year, East Coast Radio’s Toy Story campaign will be collecting toys for underpriviledged children at the concert so if you haven’t yet made your donation to make a little face light up on Christmas morning, bring a toy along to put in the box. Phakamisa will also be selling candles to raise funds for communities affected by HIV/AIDS.

The concert begins at 18:00 and costs R70 if you book an early bird ticket or R80 at the gate. Children 6-12 years old pay R20. Hopefully Durban’s rainy December weather will stay away and we will be able to celebrate Christmas in this magical manner.

For more information about the KZNPO click here.