Get into the festive spirit with Christmas Carols at Groot Constantia

EVENT              :           Festive Concert with the Symphony Choir of Cape Town

DATES              :           Tuesday, 10 December 2019

TIME                 :           7pm (gates open at 5pm)      

VENUE             :           The lawns at Groot Constantia Wine Estate

Get into the festive spirit with Christmas Carols at Groot Constantia

The Symphony Choir of Cape Town has joined forces with CBM South Africa to present a festive concert with a cause – benefiting children affected by poverty at the Alta du Toit School in Kuils River who are on the Peninsula School Feeding Association’s (PSFA) feeding programme.

CBM SA is the South African member organisation of a Christian international development movement, committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world irrespective of race, gender or religious belief.

Based on its core values and more than 100 years of professional expertise, CBM SA addresses poverty both as a cause and as a consequence of disability; and works in partnership with local and national civil society organisations to create an inclusive society for all.

It is fast becoming a tradition that CBM South Africa hosts an annual fundraising event with a talented South African choir and 2019 is no different!

Joining forces with Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) to provide meals for the children of the Alta du Toit School in 2020, and utilising the celebrated talent of the Symphony Choir of Cape Town, this feel-good festive concert promises to get people up on their feet and into the holiday spirit.

PSFA is a 61 year-old registered non-profit organisation that addresses hunger in young learners and students attending primary, secondary and special needs schools as well as Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Centres, Early Childhood Development Centres and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges in the Western Province.

Robert Donnelly, CEO of CBM SA explains: “We really wanted to continue our tradition of partnering with a choir to raise funds for the projects we support and were delighted when the Symphony Choir of Cape Town agreed to assist us. It promises to be a magical evening and our team is looking immensely forward to it.”

Don’t forget to bring a warm rug, low chairs, a picnic basket and a torch or a lantern as we light up the rolling lawns of Groot Constantia with festive favourites, guaranteed to appeal to young and old!  Groot Constantia wines, I Love Coffee : SA’s Deaf run coffee popup, and the best brownies in South Africa baked by Brownies&downieS will all be available for sale on the night.

Alexander Fokkens will be conducting this family favourite with the lineup including carols and other festive music sung by members of the acclaimed Symphony Choir of Cape Town with a couple of guest performances included for added festivity.

Gates open at 5pm and everyone on arrival will be welcomed to a live performance by the highly acclaimed Imbhewu Marimba Band from the Alta du Toit School.

Book now at Quicket for this one-night-only celebration of much-loved Christmas classics. Tickets will also be available at the entrance. Tickets cost R140 for adults, R50 for children under 12 and children under 4 are free. Families welcome!

The Symphony Choir of Cape Town hereby extends a sincere thank you to the following for the support of this Festive Season Concert:

  1. CBS South Africa for sponsoring this special event
  2. The Peninsula School Feeding Association for securing sponsorships for this event and for coming on board as the events official charity
  3. The Alta du Toit School Imbhewu Marimba Band for performing before the start of the concert and for the use of their school vehicle as a shuttle service
  4. Viking Print for sponsoring the printing of the posters, flyers and programmes
  5. Banks R & L for sponsoring the Bedouin marquee and lighting
  6. Groot Constantia Wine Estate for providing the incredible venue


The Symphony Choir will perform Handel’s uplifting English-language oratorio in one of the oldest church buildings in South Africa, The Lutheran Church in Strand Street. It is probably the choral work that is performed most often worldwide. Some do so at Easter. We prefer to do it in December close to Christmas, and some members of our choir even sang it at Carnegie Hall in New York a year ago.

It is said that when he wrote the “Hallelujah” chorus, Handel “saw all heaven before him”. Handel’s music explores the human response to the divine and nowhere is this more apparent than in the “Hallelujah” and “Amen” choruses of his Messiah, first performed in 1741.

In 1774, Martin Melck, himself a Lutheran, built and donated the church to the early Lutheran congregation of Cape Town. It would undergo various alterations and additions, which include the front elevation and exquisite carvings on the organ facade and pulpit by the Cape’s leading sculptor at the time, Anton Anreith.

Secure parking is available at a cost of R10 per hour from 6pm onwards at the Sun Square Hotel. Entrance to this parking is via Castle st with parking available on 3 levels. Use paypoint on P1 to pay for parking before leaving.

Tickets are R200 and are available from Quicket and at the door. Seating is unreserved and will be available on a first come first served basis. If you would like a well-positioned seat, we encourage you to arrive in good time.

Verdi Requiem – Deon Irish

Concert heralds choirs’ turn-around

CHORAL CONCERT, Thursday October 7 2010, City Hall; Verdi: Messa da Requiem; soloists Hanli Stapela, Elizabeth Frandsen, Matthew Overmeyer, Monde Masimini; Philharmonia Choir, Symphony Choir and CPO conducted by Victor Yampolsky.

DEON IRISH reviews

SOME of the most exciting concerts I attended at the City Hall in the 1970s and 1980s were choral: vivid presentations by both the CTSO”s Symphony Choir and the Philhar­monia choir, each having well over a 100 singers. They included memo­rable performances of works as diverse as Dvorak”s Requiem, Orff”s Carmina Burana and Britten”s War Requiem. And, of course, the CTSO”s final concert before its mid-year break, traditionally concluding with the Beethoven Choral Symphony.

Both choirs fell on difficult times in the past decade, so it is very grat­ifying to record an increasingly apparent turn-around in their for­tunes and some headway made on what we must hope will be a return to former glories. Continue reading

Verdi Requiem – Carl Fourie


I thoroughly enjoyed Thursday evening’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem. Combining the two choirs was a good idea, not just because of its obvious dramatic import, but it was actually vital in passages like Dies Irae, with its descending inner voices. Each choir on its own would not have enough of especially tenors.

A powerful vocal contrast was set up between the dulcet  opening Requiem Aeternam, and the thundering Dies Irae: well done!

The counterpoint in Sanctus was effective, with entries clearly accented. However, the opening two entries felt as if they were pulling against the time, and not quite in step with the orchestra.

The a capella sections in the final Libera Me were very beautiful, and exhibited a beautiful balance between the various choral voices. . It was obvious that the choirs were aware of the resulting harmonies, as their voices blended naturally and plaintively. Continue reading

Verdi Requiem – October 2010 by Harry Wiggett

VERDI REQIEM…..October 2010

I am perpetually fascinated and amazed at the experience of life being like a jig-saw puzzle with pieces being fitted into place each day, adding to the wonder and colourfulness of the whole picture as it builds with purposefulness towards an eventual completion.

The Cape Town Symphony and Philharmonia Choirs joint venture in the performances of the Verdi Reqiem proved to add specially lovely pieces to mine and Jean”s joint and individual puzzles:

For over 50 years now Jean and I have derived immense pleasure from attending orchestral rehearsals and concerts in the City Hall. And so it was with a sense of deep gratitude that we were able to sing together for the first time on the City Hall stage with the orchestra under Maestro Victor Yampolsky. Continue reading

Verdi Requiem- October 2010 by Ugo Rivera


Twice in the last few years our choir has sung major requiems very soon after the deaths of significant persons in my life.  We sang the Mozart requiem under the baton of Richard Cock just a few weeks after the death of my father and now we sang Verdi’s one quite soon after my mother-in- law’s death.  So I started thinking about the concept of requiems in general. Continue reading

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