Malcolm Forsyth

We Rejoice!

photo: National Arts Centre

On Friday, June 15th and Saturday, June 16th, the Sooke Philharmonic will be performing Siyajabula! We Rejoice! by Malcolm Forsyth, who died last year.
The piece was written in celebration of the end of Apartheid in 1994.

Malcolm Forsyth was born in South Africa in 1936 and died July 5, 2011. He studied piano and flute, as well as trombone. He attended Cape Town University, and received an M.A. (1966) in conducting and composing. In 1972, Forsyth received a Ph.D. in Music, also from Cape Town University. He played trombone in the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.
In 1968, Forsyth immigrated to Canada. He played trombone in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (1968 to 1980) and joined the faculty of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where he taught theory, composition, conducting and trombone. He was the conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and held the composer-in-residence position.
His daughter Amanda is an internationally renowned soloist as well as Principal Cello with the NAC orchestra. She is married to Pinkas Zukerman. Continue reading