SCCT past concerts since 1983

2020MozartRequiemAlex Fokkens
Last Night of the Proms Richard Cock
2019MozartRequiemAlex Fokkens
Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
Randall ThompsonFrostianaAlex Fokkens
RamirezMisa CriollaAlex Fokkens
BeethovenMissa SolemnisAlex Fokkens
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
HandelMessiahAlex Fokkens
2018Varied programme at WaterfrontAlex Fokkens
RutterRequiemAlex Fokkens
Hummel Mass in b FlatAlex Fokkens
MozartMass C Minor Alex Fokkens
Mahler“The Resurrection”Bernard Gueller
Last night of the Proms Richard Cock
Rodgers and HammersteinVariedAlex Fokkens
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
HandelMessiahAlex Fokkens
2017StainerCrucifixionLevi Alexander
Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
HaydnCreationAlex Fokkens
MendelssonElijah (with Philharmonia Choir)Alex Fokkens
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
HandelMessiahAlex Fokkens
2016Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
MozartRequiemAlex Fokkens
BeethovenMass in CAlex Fokkens
RossiniStabat Mater
SchubertMass in G MajorAlex Fokkens
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
2015BeethovenChoral Fantasia Alex Fokkens
Grant MachlachlenDarius and the DenAlex Fokkens
Last night of the promRichard Cock
BrahmsLiebeslieder Walzer & Neue LiebesliederAlex Fokkens
VerdiRequiem (with City of Tygerberg & Vox Choirs)Alex Fokkens
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
2014Last night of the promsRichard Cock
Carl OrffCarmina Burana (at Kirstenbosch with CPO)Alex Fokkens
RossiniPetite Messe SolonelleAlex Fokkens
HaydnNelson Mass
VivaldiGloriaAlex Fokkens
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
2013Carl OrffCarmina BuranaRichard Cock
Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
Beethoven9th SymphonyBernard Gueller
DvorakMass in D MajorAlex Fokkens
BrahmsRequiem (with City of Tygerberg Choir)
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
2012Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
RutterRequiemAlex Fokkens
Randall ThompsonFrostianaAlex Fokkens
MozartMass in CAlex Fokkens
2011BachMagnificat & Cantata 140Alex Fokkens
Carl OrffCarmina Burana Alex Fokkens
Festive ConcertAlex Fokkens
2010Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
BrahmsLiebesliederwalzeAlex Fokkens
VerdiRequiem (with Philharmonia Choir)
2009Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
MozartCoronation Mass & Vespers Alex Fokkens
BeethovenMass in CArjan Tien
GounodSt Cecilia Mass
RutterFell the Spirit (with Comart Choir)Alex Fokkens
Saint SaensOratorio de NoelAlex Fokkens
2008Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
FaureRequiemAlex Fokkens
HaydnCreationAlex Fokkens
MendelssonElijah (with Comart Choir)Alex Fokkens
2007Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
HaydnLittle Organ MassAlex Fokkens
FaureRequiem (with Comart Choir) Alex Fokkens
HodieChristmas musicAlex Fokkens
2006Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
Beethoven Mass in CAlex Fokkens
Mozart/RutterSeasonal ConcertAlex Fokkens
2005Songs of PraiseRicahrd Cock
Vivaldi/mozartMagnificatAlex Fokkens
2004Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
Last night of the promsRichard Covk
Brahms RequiemBarry Smith
2003Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
HaydnHarmoniemess/ te DeumAshley Grote
SA Navy Concert BandCDR. Mike Oldham
2002Bernstein/RutterChichester PsalmsGrant Machlachlan
Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
2001Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
Last night of the promsRichard Cock
BrahmsLiebesliederwalzeGrant Machlachlan
2000BachEaster Cantata
1999HaydnStabat MaterMark Mitchell
Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
MozartMass in CBernhard Gueller
1998Last night of the PromsRichard Cock
VivaldiGloriaGarmin Ashby
Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
Mahler2nd Symphony
BachChristmas OratorioMark Mitchell
1997VerdiRequiem (with Bach Choir of London)Sir David Willcocsk
BrahmsRequiemErich Bergel
Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
FaureRequiemGarmon Ashby
Cantique de Jean RacineGarmon Ashby
MozartAve Verum
1996KodalyPaslmus Hungarius
StainerCrucifixionGarmon Ashby
DvorakRequiemGarmon Ashby
BachMagnificatGarmon Ashby
Songs of PraiseRichard Cock
HandelOde to St CeciliaGarmon Ashby
Zadok the PriestGarmon Ashby
MozartRegina CoeliGarmon Ashby
1995Beethoven9th Symphony
SchubertMass in E Flat
BrahmsRequiemErich Bergel
ElgarDream of GerontiusBarry Smith
1994Peter L Van DykSan GloriaReinhard Schwartz
BeethovenMas in CErich Bergel
MozartAve VerumJohn Hopkins
MozartLaudate DominumJohn Hopkins
MozartRegina CoeliJohn Hopkins
ProkofievAlexander NevskiDavid Tidbould
1993SchubertMass in E FlatDavid de Villiers
PoulencGloriaBruno Aprea
Beethoven9th Symphony Erich Bergel
HandelZadok the PriestSidney Harth
1992Mahler2nd SymphonyOmri Hadari
BrahmsRequiemOmri Hadari
StravinskySymphony of PsalmsOmri Hadari
MendelssonElijahBrry Smith
BerliozTe DeumLouis Fremaux
1991Mahler 3rd SymphonyOmri Hadari
Beethoven9th SymphonyOmri Hadari
MozartMass in COmri Hadari
BerliozRomeo & JulietteOmri Hadari
MozartRequiemOmri Hadari
1990BeethovenMass in COmri Hadari
VerdiRequiemOmri Hdari
BrittenWar RequiemOmri Hadari
Best of BroadwayK Mattison & Bill Holland
VivaldiGloriaDavid de Villiers
BeethovenChoral FantasiaDavid de Villiers
1989Carl OrffCarmina BuranaPiero Gamba
MendelssonLobgesangWolfgang Bothe
Mahler2nd SymphonyOmri Hadari
BrahmsrequiemDavid Tidbould
MozartAve VerumVictor Yampolksy
FaurePavanneVictor Yampolsky
1988ElgarDream of GerontiusBarry Smith
GounodMesse SolonelleBarry Smith
BlochSacred ServiceElyahim Shapiro
1987PDQ BAchThe SeasoningsTerence Kern
PDQ BachHorrortorioTerence Kern
VerdiRequiemDavid Tidbould
Beethoven9th SymphonyPiero Gamba
RossiniStabat MaterDavid de Villiers
1986Beethoven9th SymphonyOmri Hadari
BrahmsRequiemerich Bergel
Vaughn WilliamsSea SymphonyBarry Smith
BerliozLenfance du ChristEnrique Asenscio
1985Mahler2nd SymphonyHarold Faberman
Carl orffCarmina BuranaEnrique Asenscio
Haydn CreationErich Bergel
FaureRequiemLouis Fremaux
1984MendelssonElijahStanley Sperber
ElgarDream of GerontiusBarry Smith
BerliozLenfance du ChristEnrique Asenscio
1983Beethoven9th SymphonyYoshimi Takeda
HonnegarKing DavidLouis Fremaux

Handel Messiah – reflection by Harry Wiggett December 2019


…words spilling from

sages’ spiritual searchings

to describe the indescribable

truth of a mortal’s

divinity and humanity

 images greening the eternal

with temporal freshness

with wholeness and holiness

a permanent Presence

brought to life by sounds

inspired to set fire

to our hearts in the singing

of Handel’s meaning full Messiah…

Festive Concert 2019 – poem by Harry Wiggett



He did not call himself

the King of Kings or

Lord of Lords.

And yet

beneath Constantia stars

our Alleluias broke the silence

of the silent night

because we mortals

sensed the mystery

and meaning of life –

He came to Earth

that all might marvel

might celebrate

with festival and song

the miracle of BIRTH!

Beethoven Missa Solemnis


I don’t quite know how to describe it, but I cannot recall ever having had a musical experience anything like that of singing in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in the Sarah Baartman Hall at the University  of Cape Town last night under the inspired direction of our conductor Alexander Fokkens whose spiritual approach to the work undergirded all the preparation for and performance of this musical masterpiece.

There was something so transcendental about it. And it had the profound effect of reaffirming my belief that there is only one progressive song in the Universe – The Creator/Spirit/God Song. And that Beethoven, by using the text of the Christian faith community’s Mass, embraced the heartbeat of all humanity in his inspired score.

The words of the liturgical Christian Mass happen, for me, to capture the unifying spiritual dimension of all humanity. And, whereas the words on their own might speak meaningfully to those, like myself, of the Christian faith tradition, Beethoven’s score lifts them into another realm that is  all-encompassing and all-embracing – resonating with those who subscribe to a particular religious tradition or to none. Continue reading

Mozart Requiem – a personal reflection by Nadia Essop – March 2019


By Nadia Essop

FC#D…AA’Bb…GDC#…C#C’B… I have listened to the opening bars of the Lacrimosa and Dies Irae countless times, wondering how it is possible to evoke an ocean of feeling with such small building blocks. I don’t know, it’s incomprehensible to me. How ironic that one can experience such depth of emotion while listening to a Requiem, a ‘song’ for the dead, written by a man on his deathbed. (But then again, I am dying too, in the way all of us are dying every moment of every day.)

Mozart. The physical form of the name itself is iconic: MOZART. There is heaviness to it, as if made of concrete or formed from marble or granite. The word is Gravitas, which the thesaurus defines as seriousness, gravity, solemnness. But a quick google search suggests the contrary, describing the genius as playful, wild, silly, tortured, troubled. Whether playful or serious, Mozart is shrouded in veils of intrigue and mystery, especially his illness and subsequent death, and the circumstances surrounding the writing of his Requiem.  

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