The Norval Foundation’s Concert Programme is proud to present VOX Cape Town, the city’s most innovative choral collective, on Saturday 6 April 2019. VOX Cape Town will present a constellation of exquisite choral music written by five of the greatest living composers of our time. Expect to be spellbound as thirty voices weave a sublime sonic canvas amongst the artworks in Gallery 8.

The musical journey, which spans three continents, begins in the United States with the lush tone-clusters of Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) whose otherworldly, ambient harmonies are set against “pillow-soft dissonances”.

His music is contrasted with the repetitive minimalism of Philip Glass (b. 1937), whose settings of poems by Leonard Cohen, Raymond Lévesque and Octavio Paz are interspersed with four items of his piano music, including extracts from the award-winning film score for The Hours, played by Clinton Claasen.

Across the Atlantic, two young Norwegians, Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) and Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980), provide a mesmerising soundscape inspired by the icy landscape of their homeland.

Finally, we return to the African veld, our collective birthplace, for vivid settings of poems by the late South African writer, Stephen Watson. These Songs from the /Xam, composed by Peter Klatzow (b. 1945) earlier this decade, remind us that “being part of the heavens, we belong to the sky”.


To share this music more widely, a special “preview performance” of this concert programme will take place free of charge at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, De Waterkant, from 20h30-21h30 on Monday 25 March. We encourage you to arrive from 19h00 to observe an open rehearsal. From 20h15, enjoy a glass of wine and meet our singers before the preview performance. Bookings are not necessary.

DATE: Saturday 6 April 2019
COST: R200 (excluding dinner) or R500 (including dinner)
CONCERT: 20h30-21h30

BOOKINGS: Email events@norvalfoundation.org or click here to book online

Tickets cost R500 for the concert and dinner at The Skotnes Restaurant (commencing 18h00 sharp). Tickets cost R200 for the concert only, excluding dinner. All tickets are inclusive of admission to the galleries. Visit the Facebook event.

As part of a special partnership with VOX Cape Town, Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos will generously provide instruments for both performances. The performance at the Norval Foundation will feature a Fazioli F212 grand piano and will also mark the instrument’s first official concert outing. Click here to visit the Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos website to read more about this special collaboration.


The Norval Foundation is a centre for art and cultural expression, dedicated to the research and exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century visual art from South Africa and beyond. It aims to create high-quality exhibitions and public programming to broaden our understanding of the visual arts. The Norval Foundation was envisioned by DHK Architects as a modern pavilion for art. Set against a mountain and vineyard landscape, it is a pure expression of form.

The Norval Foundation concert series aims to bring the very best musicians into an intimate, creative space. Hosting up to 200 guests, our vision is to create an entirely unique experience for the listener, in which an eclectic collection of music genres blends in effortlessly with a museum and gallery experience. The concert programme will feature not only the best South African classical, jazz, rock, folk, contemporary and electronic musicians, but also some of the world’s best international touring musicians.