A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
This year Fine Music Radio will again be broadcasting the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols as sung by VOX Cape Town at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. This is a locally-flavoured adaptation of the famous service from King’s College, Cambridge. Folk carols from Spain and Poland will be presented alongside well-known Christmas songs by Peter Warlock (England), Francis Poulenc (France) and Arvo Pärt (Estonia), as well as congregational favourites such as “Once in Royal David’s City” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. This year’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will also feature the première of a new South African carol written by Maike Watson to a poem by Margaret Kollmer entitled “Christmas in Africa”. John Woodland conducts the group and Erik Dippenaar is the organist.
“The Magic of Mozart” – UCT Summer School
Each January, Dr Barry Smith presents a musical lecture-demonstration series at the UCT Summer School. As part of VOX’s aim to bring choral music to the wider community, the group frequently contributes choral works to these courses. The theme for 2018 is “The Magic of Mozart” and VOX Cape Town will be singing two of Mozart’s most-loved choral works: “Ave verum corpus” and “Laudate Dominum”.
“Mozart Winds” – Cape Town Concert Series
Following on from “The Magic of Mozart”, the Cape Town Concert Series opens its 2018 season with a concert of Mozart focusing on wind ensembles, vocal and choral music. Performers will include a number of rising stars amongst the young music professionals including Sally Minter, Stephanie Lawrenson, Pearl Jung, Johan Ferreira, Visser Liebenberg, Charl van de Merwe, Shannon Thebus, Sigrid Ceunen, Caron Tremble and VOX Cape Town.