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A musical spectacle fit for a queen at the Durban Botanic Gardens this Mother’s Day

If you want to show your mom just how much she means to you this Mother’s Day, you could go with the usual gifts like flowers, chocolates or maybe even breakfast in bed. However, if you want to make the day more special, you could get the family together, pack a picnic basket and treat her to a beautiful afternoon of music at the Durban Botanic Gardens on Sunday, 8 May.

The Old Mutual Music at the Lake’s traditional Mother’s Day concert is back this year with a line-up of stirring performances by South Africa’s most notable rock star Arno Carstens and Durban based songbird, Chloe Clark. Arno will be backed by the 50-strong KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The picturesque Botanic Gardens provide the perfect intimate setting for this spectacular collaboration, which combines the beautiful light and symphonic classics of the philharmonic orchestra under the baton of conductor Gerhard Geist, with the popular and contemporary style of the rock muso.

“The Mother’s Day concert is a firm favourite with lovers of the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series and we are proud to be a part of this tradition,” says Old Mutual Sponsorship Manager Bandile Mngoma.

He adds that “the series not only brings families together but also contributes towards maintaining and improving the biodiversity of this important public botanical space. Proceeds go towards an innovative people and plant development programme, which involves community members growing trees to support their livelihoods.”

Chloe Clark, who launched her EP earlier this month, is no stranger to the South African music scene. Her exceptional vocal attributes have recently seen her wow audiences of the local singing competition The Voice, and also making it into the Top 30 of Idols SA in 2014.  Her dynamic presence has seen her share the stage with international artist Ronan Keating and perform in numerous theatres across Durban.

For more information about this and other events at the Durban Botanic Gardens, visit the website

Tickets are available online at

Tickets prices: R140 online, or at the gate for R160 on the day.
Kids between 8 and 12 pay R60, kids under eight are free. All children are welcome at the KidZone for some extra fun and games.
Drinks, cooler boxes and picnic baskets are welcome.

Gates open at 13h00 and the show starts at 14h00.

Secure parking is available on the Juventus ground. Entrance to all parking is off lower John Zikhali (Sydenham) Road, adjacent to the Botanic Gardens and the Munies Hockey Field, also off lower John Zikhali (Sydenham) Road.