A is for ABRSM…I mean August

I am not sure why, but August in South Africa’s music scene is always a crazy time of the year. Maybe it is because we are all predisposed to preparing for our ABRSM exams and as we get older we can’t help but keep up that “must aim for August” mentality.

This August is no different. I start by jetting off to East London for the annual East London Youth Orchestra Course. This year they will be focussing on chamber music too, and so there will be a host of ensembles (brass, wind, percussion), a jazz band and wind band. The team includes Wesley and Lisa Wong, who run the course, Danre Strydom from UFS (Buffet clarinet artist), Neteske Horton (sax queen who is based in EL) and myself. I love working with a group of kids and team that are purely interested in making our SA music scene better. This time round I also get to flex some conducting muscle with their wind band. If you are in East London between 6-9 August stay in touch by following them on their FB page and come support the concerts.  This course is endorsed by the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation.

Mycmc is excited to see Emma Luyendijk (who has returned fresh from Musicians without Borders), this time with the very talented Nicole D’Oliviera. They will be performing movements from Beethoven’s 1st Sonata, Massenet’s Meditation and De Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. These concerts are always lots of fun and even offer supper. If you want to join for supper please call 021 674 2596 (church office) or contact Denise on denisehip@yahoo.com the Friday before. Alternatively, come along at 6:30PM on 17 August and watch this two play up a storm for only R50.

Baobab Trio are back from a successful National Arts Festival trip and are bringing our programme to the lovely people of Cape Town on the 28 August at The Rosebank Theatre. Tickets R100, bookings at 072 316 6133 or rosebanktheatre@gmail.com. We will be playing some latin, some classical stalwarts as well as some of our own compositions. There always seems to be a hesitancy towards newer classical works – well you need not worry! Our music tells stories about our own South African soil, rain, baobab trees and elephants and are completely easy on the ear. If you are someone who enjoys the CT market scene we will also be playing at Root44 on the 28 August.

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In addition to this, good luck to all the music teachers out there who are busy preparing their students for our exam run! I guess we will see each other at the end of this month and probably need a few glasses of wine to celebrate.

Watch this space for more exciting projects happening still this year!

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