St Mary’s bells to toll for Simon


Baroque 2000 and members of the Durban Guild of Church Bell-Ringers will salute the late Simon Milliken this Sunday at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Greyville. 


A reminder Baroque 2000 will perform at St Mary’s Anglican Church in Greyville on Sunday the 7 October at 3pm in memory of double bass player Simon Milliken, a dedicated musician and passionate nature lover. A founder member of the Baroque 2000 ensemble back in 1998, Simon was brutally murdered on Friday 31 August while on a bird-watching hike in Durban’s Burman Bush nature reserve.


Entitled “Nature and Birds”,  Baroque 2000’s concert  will include the Church’s Bell-Ringers, a group with whom Simon teamed every Sunday at St Mary’s, having learnt to ring many years ago at the tower at Fawley in Hampshire, England, where his father was the Rector.


Opening Sunday’s programme will be the moving “Carillon des Morts” by Michel Corrette. Evelien Ballantine will be the solo flautist of Vivaldi’s concerto “Il Gardellino” (“The Goldfinch”), and the Ensemble’s Concertmaster, violinist Ralitza Macheva, will perform the “Spring” Concerto from the Four Seasons by the same composer. She will also perform the moving “Les Pleurs” by Marin Marais.


Cape Town soprano Elsabé Richter will join in the programme to perform the virtuoso aria, “Sweet Bird” from Handel’s Pastoral Ode, L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato,  as well as “Pourquoy Doux Rossignols” by De Bousset.


The famous “Les Elemens” by Jean-Féry Rebel will take the audience on an epic journey through earth, fire, wind, water, lighting and storms, featuring flutes, oboes, bassoon and some percussion.


Tickets are R150 at the door. There is ample parking around the church and car guards will be on site. For more, call Michel  082-303 5241 or

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