Feast of music at baroque festival across city

The second Cape Town Baroque Festival (CTBF) runs from Friday September 21 to Sunday September 23 at various venues in Cape Town.

The festival was launched by baroque music ensemble Camerata Tinta Barocca (CTB) last year and will feature works by 17th and 18th century composers.

On Friday September 21, sopranos Lynelle Kenned and Elsabé Richter, as well as mezzo-soprano Lusibalwethu Sesanti will be the soloists at the Glorious Baroque concert featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria, at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Green Point, at 8pm. The VOX Cape Town choir will be accompanied by CTB under the direction of artistic director Erik Dippenaar.

Carin van Heerden (baroque oboe and recorder) will be the soloist in Telemann’s Recorder Concerto in F. Van Heerden will also present master classes to young upcoming recorder players on Saturday September 22, from 11am until 2pm, at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

Also on Saturday, heritage architect John Rennie will present a two-hour
walking tour of the historic UCT Hiddingh Campus in Orange Street, from 1.30pm.

At 4pm, a unique concert featuring music of the iconic musician and entertainer David Bowie, dubbed
the “Chameleon of Rock” and a master of reinvention, will be held at Alexander Bar in Strand

Stellenbosch-based composer Jan-Hendrik
Harley has arranged Bowie’s music and reimagined them as baroque compositions. Harley (violin
and guitar) will direct the Ensemble Je Ne Comprends Pas, consisting of Joshua Frank (recorder, guitar), Mariechen Meyer (double bass) and John Pringle (percussion).

This concert will be repeated on Sunday September 23, at 9pm.

Back to Saturday, CTBF collaborates with
the Cape Town Concert Series for a performance by members of CTB and the Durban-based
Baroque2000, as well as Van Heerden at the
Baxter Concert Hall in Rondebosch, at 8pm.

The concert will consist of a programme of chamber music from the 18th century composers Schaffrath, Vivaldi, Hook and Telemann.

Organ music can be heard on Sunday September 23 at 12.30pm, when Mario Nell and Winand Grundling present an all-Mozart duo recital programme on the organ of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.

The Lutesong duo – Lente Louw (mezzo-soprano) and Uwe Grosser (lute, theorbo,
baroque guitar) – performs with Nick de Jager (tenor) and Vera Vukovic (lute, theorbo) in a programme titled “Mixed Doubles – 17th-century pop songs for two voices and plucked strings” on Sunday September 23 at the South African Slave Church Museum in Long Street, at 4pm. The concert features works by Marì* , Mudarra, Kapsperger and Caccini.

Tickets are available from www.ctbaroque.co.za/festival or from Webtickets. A festival pass
for four concerts can be booked by emailing

Bookings for Alexander Bar performances can be done telephonically on 021 300 1652 or email info@alexanderbar.co.za

Visit www.ctbaroque.co.za/festival or email cameratatintabarocca@gmail.com for more information.