Baroque musicians from throughout South Africa are invited to play in the 2017 festival, which will feature works by 17th- and 18th-century composers. The festival will be held mostly at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Green Point, Cape Town, that is CTB’s house for several years.
CTB Artistic Director and harpsichordist, Erik Dippenaar, states that the time is ripe for Cape Town to possess its festival of baroque music. “Within the last five years, great strides are created in South Africa in the area of historical performance and Ancient Music. Although Cape Town is now the heart of Ancient Music in South Africa, you will find some professionals of Ancient Music everywhere in the nation.
“We believe the time is blessed to have a party of baroque music in the kind of this week-long festival. Together with the festival, we now plan to bring together ancient musicians from throughout the nation to construct a closely knit historical performance community. This sort of creative exchange is precious and essential in this discipline,” states Dippenaar, that was CTB’s Artistic Director since July 2015.
He says he’s particularly excited about the first cooperation between CTB and the Durban-based outfit Baroque2000. “In most ways, Baroque2000 is your sister outfit of CTB, and we’re the only two ensembles in South Africa that play 18th-century orchestral music on a regular basis.
In keeping with CTB’s goal of introducing programmes which feature both functions by famous and famous composers, the Cape Town Baroque Festival will also showcase favorite works from the Baroque period, to investigate the abundance of songs by 17th- and even 18th-century composers that are not frequently performed here. The festival programme will also feature a range of orchestral and chamber music, church and secular music, in addition to instrumental and vocal music. A concert of choral works together with the choir Vox Cape Town and CTB is also on the programme, even though a chamber music concert with all members of Baroque2000 along with a church audio programme from the regional Cape Consort are also introduced.
Apart from music theaters, architect John Rennie will exhibit an architectural walking tour through Cape Town’s city center where some historical buildings may be viewed. Another interesting event on the programme is mezzo-soprano Monika Voysey and Chef Marc Wassung that will present a day of music and food in a programme known as Sing (baroque) for your Supper.
“With the yearly Cape Town Baroque Festival, we shall most surely build a new love of Ancient Music and generate a community of viewers members that share an interest in this repertoire. However, it’s also a chance for ancient musicians from throughout the nation — and from throughout the globe — to come together in Cape Town and share in the delight of earning baroque music,” states Dippenaar.
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This will be announced at a later date once the complete programme was finalized.