Local to feature in art song concert
The Songmakers’ Guild Cape Town, an organisation dedicated to the performance of art songs in all languages, proudly presents its new series called Songmakers@home.
In this series of eight fortnightly episodes pianist Albie van Schalkwyk invites a different singer into the safe workspace of his music room @home where they will – with proper social distancing – perform art songs and chat about matters that are of importance to performers of this repertoire.
Episode 4 premiers on Wednesday 21 October and features Somerset West bass singer Dónal Slemon, who will enthral online audiences in the segment which will then be available until Tuesday 3 November.
“One of the works I look forward to most is the ‘Feldeinsamkeit’ by Brahms,“he said. “It will be the first time I am performing this amazing work, and it makes me think of how we felt during lockdown when we weren’t able to go to parks or beaches.
“We were desperate to be able to be in nature and to see all the views that we so love seeing. I also translated one verse into English, just to see how it feels.”
Whom to look forward to next in the line-up: Janel Speelman in Episode 5 on 4 November, Violina Anguelov in Episode 6 on 18 November, Barend van der Westhuizen in Episode 7 on 2 December and Louise Howlett in
Episode 8 on 16 December.
How performers chose their repertoire for the concerts, available for streaming on Quicket, Van Schalkwyk said: “The singers were asked to choose songs from different categories, including a German art song, an art song from South Africa (any language) and a love song.”
These special concerts are available to anyone wherever they are. They can be viewed in your house, at work, in your kitchen or living room. And, of course, it then allows you to have a cup of tea, a glass of wine or even chips and cold drinks while one watches. It isn’t only for specified viewers; the Songmakers’
Guild invites everyone to watch. Even people with no knowledge of the art song genre.
For more information on the guild, visit the Songmakers’ Guild’s Facebook page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When asked why he would encourage people to view the concerts, Dónal said: “During the whole series of eight episodes, the first three already sparked so much interest, with people who never before listened to Lieder programmes. This is exciting. What makes the concerts nice is that they aren’t all in languages most people don’t speak – each song has a translation, will be informally discussed and is accessible to all!”