- South African College of Music Centenary

- South African College of Music Centenary

From 21 August to 7 September 2010, the South African College of Music (SACM) celebrates its Centenary with a series of concerts showcasing the many genres at the College. Mike Campbell and the UCT Big Band open the festival at the Baxter Concert Hall, honouring Count Basie on his birthday. The festival ends with a flourish at the Cape Town City Hall with François du Toit playing a Mozart Piano Concerto with the UCT Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bernhard Geuller.

The SACM offers degrees and diplomas in African Music, Composition, Jazz, Opera, Western Classical Music and World Music.  The music staff includes internationally acclaimed performing artists, academics and composers, some of whom will be performing together with current and past students at the Centenary Festival.

A diverse, exciting programme has been planned that includes:  the UCT String Ensemble; a recital for Organ and Speaker by Mario Nell and Marina Griebenow, the Bacharova Quintet; jazz vocalist Nicky Schrire and friends visiting from Manhattan University; African Music with Dizu Plaatjies; the UCT Symphonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Alexander Fokkens; original works by composer Martin Watt, including a Clarinet Quintet, Piano Trio and Suite for Violin and Piano. There is also chamber music co-ordinated by Becky Steltzner and a workshop production of Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Angelo Gobbato with Kamal Khan at the piano on 2, 3, and 4 September 2010.

The South African College of Music was founded by a group of musicians led by Madame Apolline Niay-Darroll and opened one hundred years ago in Strand Street with six students. In 1912 the English composer, W.H. Bell (1873 - 1946) became Principal of the SACM. Two years later the College moved to larger premises in Stal Plein and in 1920 Bell became Professor of Music at the University of Cape Town. In 1923 the SACM was incorporated into the University. Professor Bell was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Music.

Today the SACM is headed by Professor Paula Ensor, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities together with Director Dr Morné Bezuidenhout and Deputy Director, Associate Professor François du Toit.  Other notable staff members include: Professor Kamal Khan, Director of the Opera School, Professors Hendrik Hofmeyr, Peter Klatzow, Mike Rossi, Associate Professors Dr Mike Campbell,  Dr Franklin Larey, Dr Anri Herbst, Virginia, Davids, and Dr Martin Watt, Dr Brad Liebl, Sidwell Hartman, Dr Andrew Lilley, Amanda Tiffin, Darryl Andrews, Patrick Tikolo, Michael Nixon, Sylvia Bruinders, James Grace, William Haubrich and Becky Steltzner.

The most recent past students currently working on the international circuit include sopranos Pretty Yende, now studying at La Scala and sharing the stage with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, and Montserrat Caballé,  Kimmy Skota, currently touring with André Rieu. Pianist James Baillieu is in demand as a concert and chamber musician in England and Europe, and is a junior fellow at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Pianist Kathy Tagg is now based in New York as a pianist and a promoter of South African music and artists. Jazz vocalist Nicky Schrire is making a mark in New York. Baritone Musawenkosi Ngqugwana has just secured a role in an opera in Europe after making it to the final round of the prestigious Belvedere Competition in Vienna. Soprano Golda Schultz is a postgraduate student at Juilliard and performing in professional operas in America.

The Centenary concerts take place at Baxter Concert Hall, Chisholm Recital Room and Cape Town City Hall.  Concert times vary : 3pm, 6pm, 7.30pm and 8.15pm as well as two free lunchtime performances at 1pm. Ticket Prices range from R20 to R60 - includes pensioner, UCT Staff, students and learner discounts. Book through Computicket, Shoprite Checkers outlets, and http://www.computicket.com as well as at the door 45 minutes before each performance.  For more information contact Gillian Lindner on 021 650 2640 or http://www.uct.ac/depts/sacm/

Consult our What’s On calendar for full detials of all concerts.

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