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.


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!

September’s line up

September is abaobabll things Baobab. We will be gigging at the very hip The Piano Bar with a set of sultry latin and dressy (or undressed?) classical music. Then we will take our first Baobab tour through the Sunshine Coast. I am so thrilled to be playing with Olga Leonard (piano) and Babette Viljoen (accordion). These ladies are super talented and really show off how much talent we have in South Africa! I hope to see a few of you at some of the gigs.

MyCMC continues

So we have our second MyCMC concert happening this week. It will be awesome to have Babette and Olga join us for some jazz and classical music. If you are in the southern suburbs area come check them out at Claremont Methodist church at 6:30pm on Wednesday 22 July. Entry is free and you can get tea/coffee for a donation.MyCMC

Planting Seeds

This winter holiday starts with two exciting projects I get to be involved in – woohoo!

I am really looking forward to joining the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation as a tutor. We meet in Potch to brave the cold and play music all day (and night). I am especially excited to see Thami James and meet Darryn Prinsloo – two young euphonists who are passionate about playing their instruments. I get to see old friends again, as Bjorn Breistein will be coming to conduct the wind band and Mark Hampson and Yvonne-marie Brand will be tutoring the brass too. Thanks to Sophia Welz for getting us all together for a kiff course!

In other news, we will be sending out more info as the dates approaches, but Proboscistour03 will be around in July for only 5 gigs. Liane Halton leaves us for new adventures in China and, as much as we hope she will come back soon, we also hope that she has a mind blowing, crazy, fun, eating-lots-of-food, making new friends kind of adventure. BUT SHE IS NOT GONE YET. Phax and Seed join to collaborate  – you can check out our sound here…https://soundcloud.com/proboscis-3

It is all originals works by myself, Liane Halton and Shaun Acker. Jay Latter (drums) and Kyle Dijkstra (bass) are the kick ass rhythm section.

MyCMC starts this month!

SKMBT_36315050211040_0004Abigail Petersen will be the voice who starts the My Claremont Music Collective at Claremont Methodist Church this month. You can come check her out on the 24 June at 6:30pm. This concert series will form part of the community suppers that happen on a Wednesday. If you would like to take part in the supper you must contact Denise the Monday before on 083 320 4900 or denisehip@yahoo.com. Otherwise, you can just join us for some tea and coffee (for a donation) and some excellent live music.

This year’s line up includes super stars like Olga Leonard, Babette Viljoen, Sammy van Gysen and Wesley Hlava. We will also have a student night where we will invite local schools to produce their best in different instrument groups. Spread the word – We hope to see you there!


Exciting news! Claremont Methodist Church, 22 Cavendish Street Claremont, will be starting a music concert series. There will be live music once a month at their Community Supper on Wednesday 6:30pm. There is a variety of music happening and we look forward to seeing you there. It is a very relaxed vibe and you can choose to have supper or to have tea/coffee. Check out the details below!

24 June – Abigail Petersen (Jazz & pop favourites)SKMBT_36315050211040_0003

22 July – Babette & Olga (Jazz & classics with a twist)

19 August – Andrea Fisher-Jeffes (Classical)

16 September – Wesley Hlava (Spanish & Classical)

21 October – WPPS student night featuring Jacob Christoffels & William Moultrie (Classical)

18 November – Samantha van Gysen (Classical)

If you want:

  • To book dinner contact Denise, 083 320 4900 or denisehip@yahoo.com, by the Monday before the concert.                         Concert entry free – dinner R25-R30
  • Tea and Coffee? There will be available for a donation.

Phax Trio churches it up!

The Phax Trio will be in Simonstown to start your long weekend off with a blast…of noise, stories and ridiculous fun!


Come check us out at St Francis Church 7pm on 1 May. Tickets are R80 and we will be selling our new CD as well as some wine during the interval. RSVP to the Facebook event!

We look forward to seeing you there!