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The annual Tatham Open Day takes place on 12 November from 12h00, and includes the opening of the Fabulous Picture Show at 14h00.  In addition you can enjoy ...

A WALKBOUT at 12h00 with Prof Terry King of works from the TAG permanent collection. He will concentrate on an aspect of the collection which is not all that often discussed and how  a small number of contemporary artists  who, collectively, present an interesting aspect on how the collection has been shaped. 

LUNCH at CAFE TATHAM at 13h00.  A delicious selection of dishes for this unique Sunday lunch offering. Booking essential.  Please contact Rob Tel. 033 342 8327 or teaon23@hotmail.co.za

EXHIBITION OPENING at 14h00: The Fabulous Picture Show. The official opening of this year's Fabulous Picture Show, which includes over 200 donated art works.

CONCERT at 15h00 : THE GYSPY STRINGS: This vibrant ensemble features five musicians who are all members of the acclaimed KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. They perform a colourful and exciting selection of traditional Bulgarian, Rumanian, Russian and Greek music in gypsy style. The quintet is led by  Bulgarian-born violinist Ralitza Matcheva with Annamaria D’Andrea (viola), Ralitza Todorova (cello), Roberto Palma (violin) fand the he inspirational and innovative French percussionist Stephane Pechoux. ( 60 mins)

Sunday 12 November 15h00
chris@fotag.co.za or  MUSIC REVIVAL 083 417 4473 (SMS or Whatsapp)

There is secure parking available.
 Cafe Tatham will be open as will the Tatham Shop from 11h30.
Make a day of it!


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A FOTAG Fund Raising Event - Please join us for our FAMOUS QUIZ EVENING!
Friday 8 September at 7:00 pm
Tickets: R120 pp
Includes a delicious meal from Cafe Tatham.
Tables up to 10 persons. 

PLEASE BOOK EARLY - Bryony 033 392 2825 (mornings only) or Bryony.Clark@msunduzi.gov.za
A FOTAG Fund Raising Event

We are thrilled to have political columnist William Saunderson-Meyer as our quizmaster. Certainly a good start for the South African 2017 event!  Expect 'Proudly South African' questions on politics, arts, culture, 'live music' and the famous gallery scramble plus a suitably South African selection of currys for dinner.

William Saunderson-Meyer writes the syndicated weekly current affairs column, Jaundiced Eye, which appears in Weekend Argus, The Citizen, Independent on Saturday, and on Politicsweb. He also writes on books for Business Day and the Sunday Times. He is managing editor of MedicalBrief. He worked for the Rand Daily Mail and Sunday Tribune in South Africa, as well as The Observer and the Financial Times in London and was Visiting Fellow in Journalism at the University of Oxford. William Saunderson-Meyer holds an MSc Management (Oxford). 


Please visit the Tatham Art Gallery website www.tatham.org.za for all information on the gallery, exhibitions and official business.


Music Revival in association with Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery (FOTAG) present  a Classical Concert usually in the last Sunday of the month.  Please see www.musicrevival.co.za for all details and booking of these concerts.






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).

Thursday 7 April 7:30 pm
Tatham Art Gallery
Tickets: R120 include refreshments on arrival from 7:00 pm
Cash bar
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.


Sunday 11 October 2015 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.



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