Free State Symphony Orchestra’s Easter Oratorio

Lynelle Kenned (soprano)

This Easter the Free State Symphony Orchestra (FSSO) will commemorate the passion of Christ with a performance of JS Bach’s Easter Oratorio at the Anglican Cathedral on Good Friday.

This is the ideal Good Friday family outing that commemorates Jesus Christ’s passion, and will leave your spirit soaring. Cathedral Singers, which comprises mainly of students and staff of the University of the Free State, will be accompanied by the FSSO, conducted by Alexander Fokkens. The soloists are Lynelle Kenned (soprano), Teresa de Wit (alto), Lance Phillip (tenor) and Thesele Kemane (bass).

Lance Phillip (tenor)

Actress Lynelle Kenned is a multi-talented opera singer, TV presenter, MC and a soprano of note who has graced the theatre stage in a number of musical productions. As star graduate of the UCT Opera School and a member of the award-winning South African Sopranos, Kenned has been entertaining audiences for years.

Mezzo-soprano, Teresa de Wit, is no stranger to performing with the FSSO. Her last appearance was in Lehar’s Merry Widow in conjunction with the Odeion School of Music directed by Cape Town Opera’s Christine Crouse.

Teresa de Wit (alto)

Lance Phillip holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of the Free State and is a founder member and regular guest singer with the Cape Consort, a leading early music ensemble, as well as a guest conductor and singer with the Baroque 2000 orchestra.

Thesele Kemane is a graduate at the University of Cape Town and Juilliard School (New York). He is currently a lecturer at the Odeion School of Music and his most recent appearance was in the local adaptation of Lehar’s Merry Widow, alongside Runette Botha and Albertus Engelbrecht, where he played the role of Mirko Zeta.

Thesele Kemane (bass)



The concert is free of charge and will take place at 18:00 Friday 19 April 2019 at the Anglican Cathedral. For enquiries, contact the FSSO on 051-401-2342, or visit the FSSO’s Facebook page (@ Free State Symphony Orchestra). – Seithati Semenokane