50 Years of Conducting by Tony Davies, May 9 & 10 2015 @ All Saints Cathedral – Kenyatta Avenue

May 5, 2015 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

NMS May concert poster 2015
Dates: Saturday 9th May 7.30 pm and Sunday 10th May 3.00 pm
Venue: All Saints Cathedral, Kenyatta Avenue
Tickets: Adults: 800/- Students (with ID) and NMS members 500/-

About
The main item on the programme of this year’s May concert is the much-loved Mozart Requiem. If you don’t instantly remember it, it’s the work which was central to the film Amadeus. In the first half of the concert we shall sing eight shorter pieces, some quite well-known and others more unusual but equally lovely. We can be sure that one of them, by Jansson, will definitely be new to you because it was only published last June. It is exceptionally beautiful, which is why it has secured a place in this landmark event.

The landmark is that the conductor, Tony Davies, will be setting down his baton for the last time at the end of these concerts. He came to Nairobi in 1963 after leaving Oxford, where he conducted his first choir. He has made innumerable appearances in musical events here: as solo pianist in several concertos with the orchestra, in piano recitals, as accompanist in voice and instrumental recitals, and as conductor of his own chamber groups, the last being Cantabile. He is founder Chairman of the annual Young Musician of the Year Competition. Most importantly for us, he has conducted more performances of Nairobi Orchestra and of Nairobi Music Society (each taken separately) than anyone else in their long history (67 years and 77 years respectively). In addition to the orchestral and choral repertoires, he has conducted or been musical director of musicals, revues and opera, as well as just generally entertaining people with light piano improvisations and classical piano works at all sorts of events.

We are of course not celebrating his retirement but rather acknowledging and thanking him for the all pleasure his music he has brought to so many people, all those thousands of people in the audiences and the many hundreds of performers he has guided and encouraged since his arrival here fifty-two years ago. Do come and join the celebration, and share some of the world’s great music conducted by a great friend of music and musicians in Nairobi.

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