Classical Notes

by William Charlton-Perkins

September 30, 2019

A highlight on this season’s classical music beat, watch out for a stellar chamber music event presented by Friends of Music at the Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga Road, on 16 October.

Simply titled Piano Quartet, this features pianist Andrew Warburton, violinists Violeta...

September 13, 2019

“Baroque2000 and Flamenco” will be the theme of the 5th Series concert of Durban’s Baroque 2000 on Sunday 29 September, 11:30am at the Church of the Mariannhill Monastery. The renowned Spanish dancer Linda Vargas will feature as a special guest artist and will perform...

WILLIAM CHARLTON-PERKINS REVIEWS A KNYSNA PLETT CONCERT SERIES EVENT

ARTISTS: GARY HOFFMAN (CELLO), FRANCOIS DU TOIT (PIANO)

VENUE: DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH HALL, KNYSNA

DATE: MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Monday's Knysna Music Society recital featured star American cellist Gary Ho...

Pictured clockwise from back left: Linda Nteleza, Reuben Mbonambi, Arthur Swan, Charlotte Mhlongo, Thando Mjandana;

Thursday 5 September 2019 marks the birth of a ground-breaking new initiative on South Africa’s cultural scene - with the launch of Ubuntu Opera Company....

(Stephen Hough)

Unfettered virtuosity is key to performing the once renowned Austrian composer-pianist’s music, as Stephen Hough, Howard Shelly and Dmitry Shishkin,  three keyboard giants of our time, demonstrate.

Some thirty years ago, Stephen Hough, a swiftly rising yo...

Msimelelo Mbali, Lebogang Polori, Segomotso Shupinyang, Thando Zwane

Njabulo Madlala has announced the names of the winners of this year’s Voices of South Africa Opera Competition, held in Cape Town over the past weekend.

Issuing a statement online, Madlala said this wee...

Following a sold-out fund-raising concert, which was held in Cape Town’s Baxter Concert Hall on Saturday 20 July 2019, it is now onto Phase 2 of London-based South African-born baritone Njabulo Madlala’s sixth ground-breaking Voices of South Africa Opera Singing Compet...

In the late 1960’s, as a student at Natal University in Pietermaritzburg, I’d haunt the university library, taking out back-copy bundles of Gramophone magazine, seeking out reviews of opera recordings acquired since hitting the capital from my small town home in the Mi...

The annals of classical music are rich in anecdotes celebrating the colourful individuality of orchestral musicians. The recent passing of Isaac Melamed, the Russian born, Durban based, violinist and pedagogue, made me reflect on this. 

Isaac was a founding Principal me...

The Voices of South Africa National Opera Singing Competition returns to the Hugo Lamprecht Concert Hall in Parow, Cape Town, at 15h00 on 28 July 2019. The high profile event will be preceded by a fund raising concert at the Baxter Concert Hall in Rondebosch at 19h30 o...

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