Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival
By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | July 5, 2017
From Chamber Music recitals to musical masterclasses, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival has something for all classical music lovers.
Date: 10 Days (from June 30 until July 9)
Location: Stellenbosch University
Merriman Street, Stellenbosch
More Info: Phone 021-808-2358
The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival is the only event like this in Africa! The festival brings together some of the biggest world-renowned musicians to perform in Stellenbosch. Additionally, the festival aims to coach and nurture the talent of younger musicians.
What does the Festival Entail?
One of the major draw-cards is obviously the opportunity to see and hear some world-class recitals. These recitals are performed by the best local and international musicians. The recitals start at 8 every night.
Works from some of the greatest chamber composers of all time will be played. You can expect to find Brahms, Mendelsohn and Saint-Saëns making up the programme.
For the last few days of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival will change up the programme slightly. For the last few days, you can expect to hear full orchestral concerts. These concerts will include works from greats like Sibelius, Walton and Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade).
During the Day
A festival wouldn’t be much of a festival if there were no daytime activities.
During the day over 300 students from around the world will be able to attend lectures, presented by experts in chamber music. In addition to the lectures, students will also be able to attend coaching sessions. Furthermore, they will be given to opportunity to play at various lunch time concerts.
These lunch-time concerts are free to attend, and the public is encouraged to pull through to admire the talent being showcased.
Overall, this is a not to be missed event. This event has helped put South Africa on the international Classical music map and will continue to do so for many years.
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