A word about our conductor – May 2012 by Harry Wiggett


We members of the Symphony Choir of Cape Town have had the privilege of being under the direction of Alexander Fokkens for the past six years. During that time we have seen the maturing of a gifted young musician into a conductor of the finest calibre. His initial youthful impatience and frustration with singers, some of whom were not committed to practising their notes at home between rehearsals, or others who felt they had sung some of the works at previous concerts and therefore had no need to work afresh at the notes, I personally found understandable. It has been quite remarkable to witness and experience how the professional Alexander has faced these unneccesary time-consuming challenges, and, how he has come to handle these frustrations with a sensitivity towards the choir as a whole, is laudable. Continue reading


Rossini Stabat Mater – Rehearsal Schedule :

Levi:  September 2016

7th    Schubert:  Credo and Sanctus

14th  Recap Kyrie and Gloria. (  Words etc clean work ). . Learn Benedictus and Agnus Dei

21st  Sing Through Rossini:   Mvmnt 1, 5 and 10.   Schubert:   Credo and Sanctus


28th   Run Schubert

5th October:  Run Rossini Mvmnts 1,5,8 and 10



























Carmina Burana – September 2011 by Nadia Essop

Carmina Burana: quest for redemption?

By Nadia Essop


September 2011, Baxter Auditorium, Cape Town. Maestro Alexander Fokkens sweeps his baton and unleashes ‘O Fortuna’, a gateway to some primal energy. Goosebumps crawl across the flesh, the heart pounds, and there is no time to exhale. The choir falls from fortissimo to pianissimo, and a steady plea ensues. But nothing is as it seems. Below the surface of crisp words brews something unsettling, something urgent. The murmur steadily swells, until its force is let loose on one long breath: ‘Let us mourn together, for fate crushes the brave.Continue reading

Bach Magnificat – May 2011 by Harry Wiggett

Reflections on the Bach Concert held in April 2011 – By Choir member, Rev Harry Wiggett (bass)

I have a tale to tell:

For Jean and me it was a very special event:

Some years ago Archbishop Desmond Tutu made it possible for our younger son, David, to complete his schooling – standards nine and ten – at Bishops provided he went as a boarder. Quite a challenge for a teenage boy to join such an established fraternity of scholars at that stage of his schooling. But, it paid dividends inasmuch as David became afire for education and now, on the eve of his 39th birthday has been appointed Head of Aurora Independent School in Johannesburg. Continue reading


The continuous challenge faced by the choir is that of funding. The SCCT does not receive any assistance from either National or Provincial Government and it is a constant challenge to ensure that the costs of staging performances  are covered. Our continued existence relies heavily on the generosity of various sponsors but we are always seeking additional funds. Should you be able to help, either with a regular contribution  or a once-off donation, please find the SCCT bank account details below:

Symphony Choir of Cape Town

Nedbank Branch Code 123209

Account number: 1232142611

We would like to thank all of our sponsors:



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