Despite severe budget cuts at our educational facilities and arts institutions over the last year or so, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival is set to go ahead with its 15th annual festival. The programme will be bold (With one of South Africa’s most lauded concert pianists, Nina Schumann, at the helm, who would expect anything less!).

The SICMF faculty concerts will take place between 6 and 15 July at the Endler hall in the Stellenbosch University Konservatorium Building and tickets will go on sale at Computicket on 1 May.

The SICMF is a unique and vibrant musical extravaganza, where inspiration, education and world-class performance combine facilitating social cohesion, racial integration and community interaction. Each year 300+ students enrol for active participation. Entries close on 11 May and according to Festival Director and cellist, Peter Martens, the last burst of entries is coming in fast.

The SICMF will again host international celebrities such as Nicolas Dautricourt, Boris Brovstyn and Alissa Margulis (violin), Juan-Miguel Hernandez and Gareth Lubbe (viola), Alexander Buzlov and David Cohen (cello), Uxia Martinez Botana (double bass), Jeff Nelson (French Horn), Ferdinand Steiner (clarinet) and Demarre McGill (flute) to name a few. All of these names can be found in programmes from the Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall and/or the Lincoln Arts Centre in New York.

Imaginative SICMF programmes this year will include favourites from the standard repertoire as well as new works by Colletti, Golijov, Bernd Franke (a work recently premiered in Europe for overtone singer, solo violin, cello and string orchestra) and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by the SICMF featured composer, Neo Muyango.

For more information on artists and programmes please click here. For further information with regard to ticket sales please contact Fiona Grayer on 021 808 2359.


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