Rossini Stabat Mater – Rehearsal Schedule :
Levi: September 2016
7th Schubert: Credo and Sanctus
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: 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
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:
The choir committee
has decided that the concert that was due to be held at the Lutheran Church on
23 May will be postponed to a date that will be announced as soon as we can
establish a time and venue which will ensure the safety and health of both our
choir members and of our audience. We are certainly not cancelling it, in
fact, thanks to the efforts of Alexander Fokkens, our musical director, and our
accompanist, his wife Margaret Foxcroft, we are carrying on learning the music
for our next two concerts in the safety of our homes using whatever means we
can thanks to digital media and the internet.
We believe that the music we had selected for our next concert is highly appropriate for the times we are in; Haydn’s Nelson Mass, which is not the title which he gave it. He called it “Missa in Angustiis” (mass for troubled times), presumably referring to the threat of an enemy, Napoleonic invasion in his case; not all that different to the threat that we are facing now. We have also decided to add the Mozart Clarinet Concerto to the programme, a beautiful and calming piece in this time of angst. We are hoping to secure the services of Becky Steltzner as the soloist for this beautiful piece.
The concert after that will comprise two Beethoven items; the Mass in C and his piano fantasia. We think that this is also appropriate in the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and will complement the Missa Solemnis which we sang last year and which is to be presented by the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town and the Johannesburg Symphony Choir later this year.
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