The Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF) is the only festival of its kind on the African continent: not only is it a gathering place for world-renowned musicians in Stellenbosch, it also serves to nurture and coach talented young South African musicians.
The major drawcards of the 10-day festival are the daily recitals by top local and international musicians that commence at 8pm each night. On the first seven evenings, a series of chamber works will be presented, with newly commissioned work by South African composers Antoni Schonken and Arthur Feder. Artistic director Nina Schumann has expressed her excitement for this year’s concerts, promising: “A poignant work honouring Johnny Clegg, which will incorporate a mix of musical genres.” The SICMF is excited to announce one of South Africa’s most celebrated singers Gloria Bosman as narrator for this performance.
During the day, around 300 students from all over the world will have the chance to attend lectures and coaching sessions given by the festival faculty (made up of respected international and local artists and chamber-music experts). The students are then given the opportunity to perform in a number of lunchtime and afternoon concerts, also part of the festival lineup, which the public is encouraged to attend. Also on the Stellenbosch Chamber Music Festival programme are a series of public master classes and “In Conversation with” talks that are open to all.
This vibrant musical event, where education and world-class performance meet to inspire the next generation of musicians, has put Stellenbosch University (and indeed South Africa) on the international map as an event of outstanding musicianship! A not-to-be-missed event indeed.
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