Choral Extravaganza - From Vivaldi to Verdi

Join The Rand Symphony Orchestra, the Johannesburg Bach Choir, their conductors Carel Henn and Tim Roberts, and piano soloist John Warner, to experience a glorious extravaganza of music from Vivaldi to Verdi!

We open with Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture; the centre-piece of the performance is Beethoven's Choral Fantasy for solo piano, choir and orchestra; and the afternoon ends in truly grand style with Verdi’s Grand Finale from Act 2 of Aida.

We take delight in the merging of choir and orchestra in works by composers ranging from Vivaldi to Verdi – and many composers between!

When: Friday 15 March 2019 at 20h00 AND Sunday 17 March 2019 at 15h30
Where: Roodepoort Theatre, Christiaan De Wet Road, Florida
Tickets: R160 (Adults), R130 (Pensioners/Children), Family Ticket: R500 – max 2 adults and altogether, max 5 people) from the Theatre (call 0861 670 670) or online at Webtickets (Click here to book)

Upcoming concerts

Here are our upcoming concerts for 2019

Friday 15 March 2019 at 20h00 AND Sunday 17 March 2019 at 15h30 Roodepoort Theatre, Christiaan De Wet Road, Florida Choral Extravaganza with Johannesburg Bach Choir Carel Henn
Sunday, 09 June 2019 at 15h30 Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown Youth Concert 2019 - Annual concert showcasing the best young talent Carel Henn
September 2019 TBC TBC TBC
24 November 2019 Linder Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown Gala Performance Carel Henn

The Rand Symphony Orchestra invites applications from music students to audition for our annual Youth Concert. Candidates should be of the highest standard (not lower than Grade 6) and currently attending school or an undergraduate music student at university.

Download the application form (click here), complete it and e-mail to Carel Henn or complete and submit the form online by clicking here.


An audition fee of R200-00 will be payable at the audition on 3 March 2019. Applicants and their teachers will be advised of the results of their audition telephonically by 9 March. Assistance in payment of the audition fee will be considered for those with financial difficulties.


Candidates are to supply their own accompanist for the audition. As there is only one piano available at the audition venue, piano concerti need not be accompanied.


Successful candidates will be expected to attend at least three Tuesday evening rehearsals prior to the concert, the general rehearsal on the afternoon before the concert and the performance.

Each candidate selected to perform will be presented with a certificate at the end of the performance.

Important information

DATE OF AUDITIONS: Saturday, 2 March, 2019 at a time still to be decided
AUDITION FEE: R200-00 payable at the audition
APPLICATION FORMS Download and email or submit online

About us

The Rand Symphony Orchestra has been a vibrant contributor to community classical music in Gauteng for nearly 30 years. It offers musicians the opportunity to play ensemble work and perform in regular public concerts for their own enjoyment and that of the community.

The Rand Symphony is a community orchestra, comprised of people who freely give of our time to play, because we love music. Under the guidance of a professional conductor, we rehearse weekly to present regular concerts.

While the orchestra aims to be self-sustaining, we appreciate and welcome the support of those who believe in the importance of growing and building classical musicians and events. South Africa has a rich and diverse base of musical talent. Support classical music and become a Friend of The Rand Symphony Orchestra today!

Patron: Mr John Marshall
Contact: Isabel Bradley (Chairperson)


Musical matters

Carel Henn (Musical Director)

Financial matters

Shirley Sedgwick

Other Matters

Isabel Bradley (Chairperson)