Carols & Kilts 2019 at D.L.I. Hall
Presenting the seventh annual production of Carols & Kilts with Durban Caledonian Society Pipe Band and Friends - an opportunity to kick off the festive season with a blend of highland music and Christmas carols.
- Saturday 30 November 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00 - Shongweni Farmer's Market (tickets at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/62281-carols-kilts-2019-at-shongweni-farmers-market/)
- Sunday 01 December 2019 - 14:00 to 16:00 - D.L.I. Hall
- A medley of well-known Christmas carols arranged for the highland bagpipe
- An array of talented supporting vocalists and maestros on electric, acoustic and bass guitar, keyboard, saxophone, penny-whistle, drum-kit, djembe and cowbell
- Old bagpipe favourites such as The Flower of Scotland and Auld Lang Syne
- A few more contemporary sets requiring fancy fingerwork and dextrous drumming
- Displays of skill and agility in both Irish- and Highland-dancing sets
- The traditional rendition of the poet Robert Burns' Address To A Haggis, including a real haggis which will be served for free during intermission
This year the Sunday matinee show moves to D.L.I. Hall, situated in the middle of the Greyville Racecourse in Durban. Beer, G&T, and soft drinks will be on sale so regretfully no BYO. In addition to "normal" rows of seating there will be some tables set up in the hall for those who wish to picnic, but these are limited in number and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Adults: R90
- Pensioners: R50
- Children (Under 12): Free
Note that tickets will be available at the entrance, but at the increased price of R100 (pensioners and children unchanged). We encourage taking advantage of the lower pre-booking price to reserve your place and help us cater for the correct numbers.
The twins have performed together with the pipe band at concerts, ceilidhs, highland gatherings and even weddings, but a highlight we look forward to each year is their regular feature at Carols & Kilts.
Since winning her first singing competion at the age of 9, Keely's list of musical accomplishments has grown quite staggering. One of her biggest achievements was being selected (twice!) for the Federation of Performing Arts SA Team competing in New York where she has placed first in her age group in multiple categories.
Within South Africa she has been cast in numerous shows, for example earlier this year as one of the leads in Curtain Up at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, and has opened for or sung with well-known artists including Ard Mathews (Just Jinger) and Louise Carver. She has done exceptionally well in a number of performance contests, and was crowned Miss KZN Face of Talent 2019 with a clean-sweep of gold places for singing and acting.
Keely has starred in many a school musical, and in 2020 she will be co-producing Kingsway High School's annual musical, as well as sharing her prodigious experience in the roles of acting and vocal coach for the show.
Keely and Durban Callies Pipe Band go way back - it isn't easy to sing accompanied by a pipe band, but Keely does an excellent job each year at the closing ceremony of the South Coast Highland Gathering held in Amanzimtoti, and has taken part in several iterations of Carols & Kilts with us before.
Bernard and his daughter Chelsea have both participated in previous editions of Carols & Kilts and other concerts with the band, but this year they are joined by Conor, the youngest family member, to make up the Conch Saxophone Trio.
Chelsea excelled in music at school, and also performed with the Pietermartizburg City Orchestra and other concerts in PMB. She is currently studying medicine at UCT. Conor is a pupil at Maritzburg College, and has been playing the saxophone for two years. He is a member of the school Jazz Band and Choir, and participates fully in the cultural life of the school.
This concert marks the debut performance of the Conch Trio.
Back home in his normal life Nick and his brother are now the 5th generation running the family business - retailing men's and school apparel, and manufacturing academic, legal, clerical and municipal attire. His lovely wife and three children are also often seen supporting Nick and the band around the country.
It also happens that the band proudly wears the tartan of Alistair's clan - the deep blue and green of MacKenzie.