KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

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The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) is a professional orchestra based in Durban, South Africa.[1] It was founded in 1983 under the name Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (NPO).[2]


The KZNPO receives funding from the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Municipality, the national Department of Arts and Culture, the KwaZulu-Natal provincial Department of Arts and Culture,[3] South African National Lottery, the National Arts Council of South Africa, the Rupert Music Foundation and various individual donors.


The orchestra's Chief Executive and Artistic Director is Bongani Tembe and its Concert Master is Hristo Kardjiev.


In August/September 2009, the KZNPO accompanied soprano Renée Fleming on a concert tour to Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town.[4]

In April 2011, the orchestra played the world premiere of Bongani Ndodana-Breen's opera Winnie the Opera at the State Theatre, Pretoria, with soprano Tsakane Maswanganyi in the title role of Winnie Mandela.[5]


  1. ^ "KZNPO National Youth Concerto Festival", September 2010,
  2. ^ Philip Harrison (January 2005). Arts & culture. New Africa Books. pp. 15–. ISBN 978-0-86486-565-6. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Thusi, Weziwe. "Budget Speech for 2009/10 delivered in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature by the Honourable Weziwe Thusi, MEC for Arts and Culture". Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Sinkins, Estelle (20 May 2009). "World renowned soprano Renee Fleming coming to SA". The Natal Witness. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  5. ^ Redvers, Louise (29 April 2011). "Winnie the Opera premieres with all eyes on Winnie the spectator". the Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 

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