Concerted Valentine Party

The Loot

On 9th February I saw this competition, featuring two tickets to KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra concert on Valentine’s Night:



As may be seen, the second half featured Elgar, whose music we are both fond of, and I thought, ‘I should enter this.’ Then came a strange conviction. ‘If I do, I’m going to win.’ Thus, it was with pleasure but no real surprise that I received this email on 12th:


You have won the SoSuterBill Valentine’s Day competition – two KZNPO concert tickets for the Durban City Hall on February 14, as well as a Royal Hotel double coffee and cake/dessert voucher, plus a box of Lindt chocolate balls.

How did I know? I just know I knew. Was it something in the ether? Or was it me subconsciously thinking that it wasn’t everyone’s cup of cappuccino, and thus there might be few entries? Still, even if there were only two, for example, how did I know I would be the one of the two? Anyway, the cappuccino and Black Forest cake were delicious, and the cherry on top of the cherry on top of that was free wine before the start of the concert and during the interval.

(Further pics after planned ‘loadshedding’, or if it doesn’t happen.)

(Later: It hasn’t happened yet this evening, so additions have been made.)

The Durban City Hall is an almost exact copy of the Victorian Belfast City Hall, and a suitably British Colonial setting for Elgar music.



Our gallery seats didn’t exactly allow one any close-ups of the performers, but were perfect for an overview of the orchestra and for the sound. Note the lovely interior.


© February 2019 Colonial

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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19 Responses to Concerted Valentine Party

  1. Better off sitting where you were than in the front row. You can hear and see more, Thats a very nice setting; obviously that room has many uses, that stage is a portable one by the looks of it. I’d wonder a bit about the acoustics though


  2. Tokeloshe says:

    Congratulations! What a perfect Valentine’s treat ♥


  3. Debra says:

    Fantastic! I’m so glad your intuition “tipped you off” and you listened!! I love Elgar, as well. I think music is very healing. May it be so!


  4. Widdershins says:

    I love it when the universe decides to prove that everyone has a 50/50 chance of winning (providing you enter/buy a ticket/etc) … you either win, or you don’t! … congratulations on your win! 😀

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  5. nicolaavery says:

    Lovely 😊


  6. Sue W says:

    Congratulations, sounds like a wonderful evening. I have those convictions on the rare occasions I do the lottery… never happens!


  7. Congratulations, if only competition wins were always down to power of thought hehe. I know what you mean though and I hope you really had a great time in that beautiful hall.

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    • colonialist says:

      Thanks; yes I wonder if that was an example of the Norman Vincent Peale ‘Power of Positive Thinking’ kind of thing?
      It was a lovely and most professional concert; ‘Nimrod’, as usual, being one of the highlights, with the entire orchestra pouring heart and soul into it.

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  8. That’s wonderful. Congratulations on your win, Col. The prize was obviously just up your alley. It’s always nice to get a windfall to cheer you up. 🙂


  9. Ai, dis nou ‘n lekkerte! Toe ek ‘n kind was, het ons met ons vakansies in Durban na die simfoniekonserte in die mooi ou stadsaal gaan luister. So bly om te hoor julle het nog ‘n orkes.

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