Feeling like a little bit of culture injection? Head down to the Durban City Hall on Thursday nights to watch the Kwa Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) play. It really is amazing to hear this talented group play. Its also a good excuse to get all dressed up!
We went to watch on Thursday the 3rd of June, and sadly it was the last of the season, but the Spring season starts again on the 16th of September, which, judging by the line up, promises to be a whopper! Tickets are available from Computicket or are available at the door. They range from R80 to R180. We took the R80 seats, but it did not disappoint and we heard and saw everything perfectly.
Durban City Hall is amazing! It really is so beautiful! Don't forget before you take your seats to order your drinks from the bar, so the bar staff can put them on the table on the balcony for you at interval. I would recommend a good Gin and Tonic in summer and a warm dry Sherry for winter! While sipping your drink on the balcony, you have to take in the view. The Durban city centre is breathtaking at night, what with the old buildings and the harbour lights shining. Really impressive. We also thought that the people watching value was extremely high, lots of very interesting people!
Shows normally start at 7:30pm, but the Friends of Music Society normally meet in The Royal Hotel before hand. There is normally a lecture given by the conductor on the movements and pieces played. This is very interesting if you don't know a lot about classical music as it gives you insight and information that you might not know, which in turn makes the pieces more interesting. They meet at around 6:15pm. It was R30 when i went the time before so it might be more now, but that includes tea and sandwiches. (Very handy if you haven't had dinner!) The front reception will be able to give you directions to their meeting place.
We parked at the Albany Parkade, however, it was a bit dodgy after the performance and so we would suggest to park at the Royal Parking. KZNPO will give you a discount on this, so make sure to take your ticket to get it stamped in the entrance hall. the discount is only for the Royal parking though.
I would really recomend this attraction, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and can't wait for the spring season to start!
Till Next time, Happy Day Tripping!