For the 25th year, Potchpourri! opens the annual concert series at the Conservatory in Potchefstroom. Staff and students of the NWU School of Music, with the collaboration of a few guest artists, have compiled a varied and exciting programme which contains hummable melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and a large helping of humour.

There will be performances by the Bandura Express Marimba Ensemble; the Brass Quintet; the Potch Trio; a flute & jazz trio; a Beatbox Flute (?); female vocalists Tammy Aslett, Jana Mathee, Rineke Viljoen, and Marilize Hattingh; and the newly-established Big Band.

PDQ Bach is synonymous with Potchpourri!, with many of his so-called “compositions” being performed over the years. The Sonata Innamorata, written specifically for the purposes of seduction, will be performed by two pianists sitting close together at one piano …

For the past few years, Potchpourri! has been social media friendly, and the audience is encouraged to share their thoughts, opinions and photos on Facebook, Twitter (#potchpourri) and other channels in real-time during the course of the concert. It is also the only concert in the series that boasts a Master of Ceremonies, who can’t wait to burst into song himself!

A short video feature of 2013’s Potchpourri! concert can be viewed on YouTube and gives a good indication of the kind of programme that the audience can expect.

Tickets at R75/R50 are available at the Conservatory in Thabo Mbeki Drive (tel. 018-299-1692), PUK Arts in the Heimat Building (F9) on the university campus (tel. 018-299-2844), Protea Bookshop on the Bult (tel. 018-297-1583), online at and, or 30 minutes before the concert at the box office.

Provisional programme:

  1. TJ Mpeisa — Zongongong & South African house music medley
  2. Victor Borge — Hands Off!
  3. Leroy Anderson — Bugler’s Holiday
    Henry Fillmore — Lassus Trombone
  4. Marcy Heisler / Zina Goldrich — 15 pounds away from my love
  5. Claude Bolling — Suite for Flute and Jazz Trio
  6. Bob Thiele — What a Wonderful World
  7. Bell / Bowman — Three Little Maids (from: The Hot Mikado)
  8. G Pattillo — Inspector Gadget Remix
  9. PDQ Bach — Sonata Innamorata
  10. Bobby Timmons — Moanin’
    Lowe / Lerner — Almost like being in love