So James Bond movies are fifty years old this year. That’s most of my actual life and longer than my movie attending days. The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra celebrated this event with a magnificent concert at the Mandela, Johannesburg Theatre Complex on 16 and 17 October 2013. I was there to enjoy this fabulous event.
There are ten ensembles and orchestras in The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, and three performed at this concert – namely the Jazz Youth Ensemble and the Symphonic Wind Band who came together to perform some classical Russian works arranged by John Davies who conducted the two ensembles. The programme started with Dimitri Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, and then went on to Peter Tchaikovsky’s Overture Miniature, Sergei Rachmaninov’s Rio de Rachmaninov, several works by Modest Musssorksky, Forimsky by Rimsky-Kosakov and then back to the Festive Overture Finale by Dimitri Shostakovich. The audience loved it.
After interval the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra played “the best of James Bond, 007” with soloists Timothy Moloi and Artemis Spyropoulos singing the movie words an the Johannesburg Youth Ballet dancing the finale. Kiruna Devar, the young dancer I picked last year as being “My cup of tea”, was the lead dancer. The music included theme songs from Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only, Goldeneye, From Russia with Love, 50 Years of Bond Medley, Skyfall and Themes from 007. What a wonderful concert this was!
From Russia With Love was brought into being with a lot of hard work from, inter alia, Kate Retief, Mark Hawkins, Susan Rendall, Etienne Mecloen, Brenda Sakellarides and Timothy Moloi at Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein.