Pics from Sunday 29 January's concert at the Tatham Art Gallery.  Music Revival opened its 20th  anniversary year with a performance by Christopher Duigan playing Handel, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Chopin.  Thanks to Jonathan Burton for the images.


Tatham Art Gallery
Tuesday 20 December at 7.30 pm

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Doors open 7:00 pm

SOUTH Africa’s Mr Music, Richard Cock, will be sharing the stage with Cape Town soprano, Beverley Chiat, and pianist, Christopher Duigan, at two special Christmas concerts.

Those attending can look forward to an evening of readings, carols and seasonal music at the Tatham Art Gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday 20 December at 7.30 pm. The concert is repeated in Kloof the following day. 

Cock will entertain the audience with his humorous selections of seasonal stories, readings and anecdotes and Chiat will sing seasonal music including  'Ave Maria', 'Panis Angelicus' and 'O Holy Night'. Together they will lead the audiences in the singing of carols with Duigan at the piano. 

To book for the Tatham concert send an email to chris@fotag.co.za or SMS or WhatsApp  083 417 4473.  Tickets are R150.

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FilmClub  Special Fundraising Event  22 May 2016
In co-operation with the Tatham Art Gallery, FilmClub is pleased to present a special screening of Frederick Wiseman’s celebrated 2014 documentary National Gallery.  The funds raised by this screening will be used to upgrade the audiovisual equipment in the Gallery Lecture Theatre.

For over fifty years the veteran documentarist Frederick Wiseman has been showing audiences the inner workings of complex cultural institutions, ranging from a high school and hospital through to the Paris Opera Ballet.  Here he looks at the National Gallery in London.  Much of the film is, unsurprisingly, taken up with looking at paintings, but the film also shows us the public aspects of the gallery’s working life – exhibitions, tours and lectures – as well as the more hidden aspects of its functioning, such as planning meetings and the endless process of preservation and restoration.  This film is a must-see for anyone interested in the visual arts and their exhibition.
SUNDAY 22 May at 14h00    R80 includes tea/coffee at intervalBOOKING ESSENTRIAL   kobie.venter@msunduzi.gov.za or 033 392 2819


BIRD/FISH  A CROSS-CULTURAL EVENT   TATHAM ART GALLERY, Friday 20 MAY 2016This is a fund-raising event to enable Kristin Ng-Yang to present her artwork at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in July.

Bird/Fish is a fusion of Chinese and South African art devised by local artist, Kristin Ng-Yang. The focus of this 'happening' will be a viewing of Kristin's installation artwork, Bird/Fish, with accompanying music and dance. The inspiration for the work is a Chinese song lamenting the thwarted love of a bird and a fish.
The evening will feature music by Christopher Duigan (piano), Xinyue Zhang (guzheng), Qinisi Zungu (djembe drum) and Abongile Matyila(voice); and dance by Bonwa Mbontsi, Tegan Peacock and Doris Heng Wang. Refreshments will be provided by The Secret Garden.
Friday 20 MAY 2016  Time: 6.30 for 7.00 pm  Dress: Smart casual  Duration: Approximately 1 hour.  Tickets: R100 (adults)  R80 (students)
Booking: Louise Buchler  Phone: 083 5484909 Email:ravingbeauties@gmail.com (or at the door)





The Director and Board of Trustees of  the Tatham Art Gallery invite you to the opening ofIdentity or Belief? An exhibition of drawings by Muzi Ndlela
Venue: Schreiner Gallery Date: Sunday 05 June 2016 at 11h00  Safe parking available  Guest Speaker: Thulani Makhaye
 Artist in Residence   Muzi will be in residence from 10h00 to 16h00  Wednesday 08 to Friday 10 June, where he will be available to discuss his work with visitors
Exhibition Closes: Sunday 24 July 2016 at 17h00   Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 09h00-17h00




hursday 7 April 7:30 pm
Tatham Art Gallery
Tickets: R120 include refreshments on arrival from 7:00 pm
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Booking essential - chris@fotag.co.za   083 417 4473 (sms) or call  Bryony 033 392 2825 (mornings only)
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Cafe Tatham is open from 5;30 pm and for buffet dinner.  Bookings for Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.

A FOTAG FUND RAISER presented in association with Music Revival

A very unique and entertaining concert .Popular dance tangos from Italy and Argentina including music by Astor Piazzolla with members of the renowned  Cape Town Tango Ensemble -  accordion, violin, piano and double bass. With Stanislav Angelov Piet de Beer and Christopher Duigan.

Plus all the favourite popular cafe songs accompanied in authentic style by accordion and violin with tenor Nicola Cencherle  - 'O sole mio', 'Santa Lucia' etc.. A relaxed and fun concert of superbly spirited music. 

Sunday 10 April at 3:00 pm
Tickets: R60 at the door
Tatham Art Gallery
For bookings please email hello@rubygillmusic.com

Cafe Tatham open from 10 am and for lunch.  Bookings for lunch at Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.

Local singer-songwriter Ruby Gill's music is the strange and wonderful introduction to a new generation of people who feel things deeply, who marvel at the natural world, and who are not afraid of darkness. 

The quirky singer-songwriter's long-awaited debut single, Winter, launches a new season in Ruby's career, after years of discovery and adventure in the realms of writing and performance. Every honest note accompanies a new-found appreciation for the infinity of art and sound, and the power to allow moments and emotions to live forever within music. 

Ruby's intricate lyricism, magical harmonies and effortless musical expertise will be the soundtrack to this generation's attempt at adult-ing, with all the lightness, and heaviness, of human folly. 

Ruby Gill will be returning to her hometown as part of her celebratory 'Almost Winter' tour for an exclusive daytime show at one of Pietermaritzburg's most beautiful venues - The Tatham Art Gallery. Ruby will be playing on the gallery's magical grand piano, surrounded by historic art, and accompanied by local favourite Luke Wyngaard on guitar.

This is one show not to be missed

Join Ruby and Luke in an afternoon of celebrating and lamenting being alive in a universe of sound. 

with Christopher Duigan
Sunday 17 April at 11:00 am  
Tickets: R80
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Christopher Duigan plays a magnificent selection of music ahead of his performances of the same in Barcelona, Spain. His recital includes several of his popular favourites for concert performance; the Chaconne by GF Handel, Sonata in E-flat major  Op 27 No 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven,  Debussy’s Reflets dans l'eau (Reflections in the water) and music by Chopin and Liszt.

Booking is preferred : booking@musicrevival.co.za or chris@fotag.co.za  or MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (sms) 

Cafe Tatham open from 10 am and for lunch afterward.  Bookings for lunch at Cafe Tatham 033 342 8327.

The Tatham Art Gallery  Lecture Programme for April  2016

Alleyn Diesel (who has a PhD in Religious Studies) will present two more lectures to raise funds for buying stock for the Tatham Craft Shop. 
The first of these lectures  will take place on Saturday 02 April at 11h00. The cost is R30. 

Felines and female divinities:  Since early human history, in many diverse countries, cats have been linked with strong, independent females. Goddesses from Inanna of Sumer, Cybele of Phrygia, the Goddesses of Minoan Crete, and many Egyptian cat goddesses bear witness to this phenomenon. Cats in more modern times still retain their ancient power and fascination.

Booking is essential. Contact Vimla at  vimla.moodley@msunduzi.gov.za or 033 3922 813 

(One more lecture by Diesel will follow, on Saturday 07 May at 11h00: Sacred animals and our relationship with the environment)

Simon Haw (historian, author and educationist) has agreed to repeat his very popular illustrated talk, indirectly  linked to the Building History Exhibition in the Schreiner Gallery.
This free talk  will take place on Saturday 09 April at 11h00and is titled Architectural Styles of Pietermaritzburg.  
Booking essential. Contact Kobie at  kobie.venter@msunduzi.gov.za or 033 3922 819

Robert Brusse (restoration architect from Durban) will present an illustrated talk  that is also  indirectly linked to the Building History Exhibition in the Schreiner Gallery.

This  free talk will take place on Saturday 16 April at 11h00 and is titled The Restoration of Government House

Booking essential. Contact Kobie at  kobie.venter@msunduzi.gov.za or 033 3922 819

Pietermaritzburg’s Religious Traditions.

The Tatham Art Gallery will be hosting a series of illustrated talks by Alleyn Dieselwhich will celebrate Pietermaritzburg’sReligious traditions.   Alleyn Diesel has a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Natal, where she taught in the Religious Studies Department.

The talks will be held at 11h00 on the first Saturday of October, November and December  and will take place in the newly refurbished Lecture Theatre in the Tatham Art Gallery. Each talk will last approximately one hour. 

The second in the series of talks, which will take place on Saturday 3 October at 11h00, will consider the Sufi tradition and will look at what Sufism is, the arrival of first Sufi Master in Natal, Soofie Saheb in Durban in 1897, the spread to Pietermaritzburg in 1909 and the establishment of the mosque in East St, other Sufi mosques in the Province; and the Sufi shrines in Roberts Rd.  The talk will be illustrated with examples of relevant religious buildings. 

The talk will take place in the newly refurbished Lecture Theatre in the Tatham Art Gallery and will last approximately one hour.  Cost is R30 per person per talk, and booking is required to ensure that the venue is not over booked. 

Please emailReena Bhoodram: rheena.bhoodram@msunduzi.gov.za  or call 033 392 2823 or the Gallery shop at 033 392 2828.

The Gallery Shop and Coffee Shop will be open from 10h00.
Safe parking will be available in the Legislature grounds.




Sunday 11 October  11:00 am

The Kayser String Quartet (Geza Kayser first violin, Jitske Brien second violin, Claire Hamilton viola and Nigel Fish cello) will be giving a concert at the Tatham Art Gallery Pietermaritzburg (Chief Albert Luthuli Road, opposite City Hall) on Sunday 11 October 2015 at 11am. They will be joined by David Smith piano, in a programme featuring Beethoven's string quartet Op. 18 No. 1, David Kosviner's Zorniger Frieden (musica per quartetto d'arch1, a work receiving its first South African performance) and Schumann's piano quintet Op. 44. Enquiries: phone 0826393246. The Cafe Tatham will be open before the concert for coffees, teas and light snacks, and afterwards for light lunches - phone Rob at 0333428327


Music Revival presents a  unique crossover concert with Mike Rossi (sax, flute) and  Christopher Duigan, at 35 Montgomery Drive, Athlone in Pietermaritzburg and at the Tatham Art Gallery, opposite City Hall.

This unique combination of  material  from the American Songbook,  jazz standards and originals offers both musicians a chance to explore and find common ground in a collaborative enterprise.  US-born Mike Rossi, the first Doctoral graduate at in Jazz  Studies at the New England Conservatory is one of the most blazing jazz players resident in SA and is in demand throughout the country at major festivals and  internationally.  Regular appearances with Darius Brubeck in the piano sax duo and also the Brubeck Quartet have brought him Pietermaritzburg more than once.  He now teams up with classical pianist Christopher Duigan in a varied selection of that includes  classics ‘Stardust’,  'These Foolish Things',  Chick Corea's ‘Spain', numbers from Ellington and Jobim, plus selections of Duigan's own original material for saxophone and piano.

Sunday 16 August 11:30 am
Tatham Art Gallery, opposite City Hall.


Thanks to everyone who supported our FOTAG Quiz!

Darius Brubeck and Mike Rossi on stage at the Tatham Art gallery


7:30 pm


BOOKING: chris@fotag.co.za or MUSIC REVIVAL 033 3423051
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Presented by Music Revival in association with the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG)
A FOTAG Fund Raiaisng Project www.fotag.co.za

Darius Brubeck (piano) and Mike Rossi [sax] present a mixed repertoire of new and old numbers from the American Songbook, South Africa, their own compositions and Dave Brubeck hits.

Jazz pianist Darius Brubeck is taking a short break from the London scene to spend some time in SA, and looks forward to playing with long-time associate and American compatriot Mike Rossi. Mike has been on two CDs with the UK-based “Darius Brubeck Quartet “and has often been featured with the group on tour in the USA, UK, Europe and South Africa.

Although the pair go way back (they first met in the US in 1988) and have performed in many bands together, Darius and Mike only played their first full-length duo concert in Italy two years ago. This format features popular jazz  with loads of variety, spontaneity, risk and mature professionalism.

Accommodation kindly sponsored by Fountains  B&B - Neden Rd, Montrose. Tel. 033 3472835