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 hanna@mu­sicum­brella.co.za.

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!”

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