Mahler 2 “The Resurrection” by Harry Wiggett

Reflections on this concert by choir member Harry Wiggett, August 5th 2018 

As the choir and soloists sang the following words in a glorious performance of Gustav Mahler’s magnificent “Resurrection” Symphony in the refurbished City Hall last night (4th August) with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the inspired baton of Maestro Bernhard Geuller, I could not help but feel just how appropriate they were as so many throughout the world mourned the recent death of UCT’s Professor Bongani Mayosi:

…O Pain, thou piercer of all things!

From thee have I been wrested!

O Death! Thou masterer of all things!

Now art thou mastered!

With wings which I have won me,

In love’s fierce striving.


I shall soar upwards

To the light to which no eye has soared!

I shall die, to live!


Rise again, yea thou will rise again,

My heart, in the twinkling of an eye!

What thou hast fought for

Shall lead thee to God!




Harry Wiggett

Fish Hoek


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