NEW CHORAL MUSIC FOR SOUTH AFRICA
VOX Cape Town aims to promote South African choral music by performing music by local composers. VOX also supports the genesis of new music to expand and invigorate the local choral repertoire. To demonstrate its commitment to contemporary South African choral music, VOX intends to commission new music from local composers on an annual basis.
For further information about singing the works listed below with your choir, or if you would like to make contact with one of the composers or authors, email us email@example.com.
FIRST PERFORMANCES OF NEW SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC (BUT NOT COMMISSIONED) BY VOX CAPE TOWN
- “By-By, Lullaby” composed by Stephen Carletti, first performed at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols (December 2019)
- “Caged Bird” composed by Nicky Schrire, first performed at “Flower Songs” (July 2019)
Composed by Hans Huyssen
Hans Huyssen is currently writing a choral work for VOX Cape Town that is based on a poem that was discovered by David McKenzie, scribbled on the walls of an abandoned Karoo cottage. This work is mainly a cappella but will also include wind instruments, and is anticipated to be premiered in 2020. This commission is generously supported by the SAMRO Foundation.
Two Pastoral Ballads (2019)
Commissioned by VOX Cape Town for “Flower Songs”
Adapted by Matthew Dennis (b. 1991, South Africa)
To set the scene for its botanically-inspired recitals at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, VOX Cape Town commissioned local composer Matthew Dennis to adapt two wistful ballads, based on traditional folk songs from the British Isles and arranged by John Rutter, for its singers and clarinet obbligato (played by Matthew Ferrandi). They were “Down By The Salley Gardens” and “The Sprig of Thyme”.
Molweni (We Are One) (2018)
Commissioned by VOX Cape Town and David Parry Davies for The Eco-Logic Awards 2018
Composed by Grant McLachlan
Words by David Parry-Davies
On World Environment Day (5 June 2018), VOX Cape Town performed “long-distance” at the Eco-Logic Awards held in Tshwane, South Africa. This ceremony, rewarding individuals, organisations and communities that contribute positively towards a sustainable world, opened with the premier recording of “Molweni”. This specially-commissioned choral work, composed by Grant McLachlan, was a setting of a poem written by David Parry-Davies, editor of The Enviropaedia. The aim of this work was, in David’s words, “to put appropriately beautiful sound to these words that will create feelings and sensations of joy and exquisite beauty associated with our beautiful and precious Earth”. Help us to spread these exquisite sounds and sentiments!
Christmas In Africa (2017)
Commissioned by VOX Cape Town for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2017
Composed by Maike Watson
Words by Margaret Kollmer
VOX Cape Town’s first commissioned choral work was a South African-flavoured Christmas carol. Maike Watson set to music a poem written by Margaret Kollmer entitled “Christmas in Africa”. This work was premiered at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in December 2017 and was also broadcast on Fine Music Radio on Christmas Eve of that year.