Bring your picnic basket and join us for a night of spectacular music and fireworks to celebrate the 120th birthday of St John’s College.
The St John’s College Symphony Orchestra and Prep and College bands will take us on a musical journey through 120 years of the history of the school, supported by an AV display featuring rare and historical visuals from the school’s archives. This journey down memory lane will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display against the magnificent backdrop of St John’s College. The evening will end with a toe-tapping performance by Michael Ferguson.
A variety of gourmet food trucks will be serving delicious food and soft drinks. Picnic baskets can be ordered from the Old Johannian Club by emailing [email protected] You are welcome to bring your own wine, beer and soft drinks to the venue, however hard liquor will not be allowed.
HIPnotic is a young, vibrant jazz quintet that merges old jazz styles with more modern sounds to create a fusion of old and new.
THE ST JOHN’S COLLEGE WIND BAND
The St John’s College Wind Band is the oldest of the instrumental ensembles at St John’s and performs regularly throughout the year at concerts, outdoor functions and other events.
The band consists of brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, and meets weekly to rehearse. The repertoire of the band ranges from Classical to Rock to Jazz, as well as a number of pieces from the world of musical theatre and film.
Currently conducted by Allan Thompson and Jaco van Staden, the leader of the band is saxophonist James Channon (UV, Hodgson). For their performance at On the Night they will be performing the powerful and popular opening sequence from Carl Offf’s ‘Carmina Burana’, as well as famous marches by Sousa and the evergreen Disney hit ‘Bare Necessities’, featuring soloists Krischan Mumbi (UV, Thomson) on trumpet and Daniel Stevens (UV, Thomson) on clarinet.
GoodLuck is an award-winning electronic band from South Africa, who have achieved an astonishing 8 radio #1 charting hits in just 4 years. GoodLuck creates a sound that is thoroughly their own and they have been taking this sound to audiences across Europe, Africa and the UK. GoodLuck is known for their incredible live show, pushing the boundaries of live electronic performance with their use of drum machines, synthesisers, electronic percussion, saxophone and vocal performance. GoodLuck challenges audiences across the globe to take an interest in a new-wave of pop music that is being hailed as uniquely African with an ability to transcend audiences and cross over to modern electronic sound.
THE ST JOHN’S COLLEGE BIG BAND
The St John’s College Big Band is a standard jazz ensemble which consists of brass, saxophones, piano, guitar, bass and drums. The Big band is one of the most popular ensembles at the College and regularly performs at concerts, festivals and functions. The repertoire of the band consists of all the jazz styles but also focuses on contemporary music, and the aim is to enhance its members’ ensemble playing ability and improvisation. The Big band is currently conducted by Jaco van Staden and the leader of the band is guitarist Ryan Stopforth (UV, Nash). This year they’ll be performing Stan Kenton’s popular piece ‘Artistry in Rhythm’, one of Miles Davis’ pieces ‘Milestones’, and the epic finale ‘Caravan’ from the film Whiplash, originally composed by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol. They will be featuring a number of Old Boys who have previously been part of the band.
Without a doubt one of the most exciting acts to break out from 2013, Monark are changing the face of pop music in South Africa. Mixing Eugene Coetzer’s uniquely characterful vocal delivery – polished with his distinctive falsetto – and Ewald Jansen van Rensberg’s unmatched, global production style, Monark craft songs rich in meaning and soul stirring hooks.
Performing as a 4-piece band, Monark deliver something completely fresh and unique, and is setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes in the South African music landscape. Having dominated the South African airwaves with their first 2 singles, Smiling (5FM Top 3) and Build It Up (5FM Top 5, and #1 on Jacaranda FM, Highveld/KFM, Algoa FM, OFM), they then released their 3rd single, Something, building up to the release of their debut album NEGATIVES. The album, which was released worldwide on 14 July 2014, peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on the day of its release.
Their energetic and polished live performances have been incredibly well received by their fans, with Monark performing on some of the top stages in the country – including Rocking The Daisies, Durban Day, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Parklife, 94.7 Joburg Day, KFM 94.5’s KDAY, Splashy Fen, KKNK, Durban Botanical Gardens, to name but a few.