A new South African classical composition will be premièred by the Cape Chamber Music Collective (CCMC), during a series of five concerts in Cape Town and the Boland from 19 to 23 January, 2022.

Supported by the National Youth Music Foundation (NYMF), the CCMC consists of musicians ranging from young students to professionals – all doing performances in a way that is approachable and informative to all audiences.

Concert dates

* Wednesday 19 January, 7.30 at 6 Spin Street in the Cape Town CBD
* Friday 21 January, 7pm at the Dutch Reformed Church in Franschhoek
* Saturday 22 January, 4pm, 7pm – Old Tannery, Wellington
* Sunday 23 January, 2.30pm – Erin Hall, Rondebosch

The CCMC - Cape Chamber Music Collective
The Cape Chamber Music Collective

Gustav Mahler work

The CCMC commissioned South African composer and arranger Matthijs van Dijk (39) to complete the sole surviving work of chamber music by Austro-Bohemian Romantic composer, Gustav Mahler. Matthijs is the son of acclaimed South African composer, Peter Louis van Dijk.

In the new composition, Matthijs has taken the themes and motifs in his artistic way to sketch out two additional movements to follow Mahler’s movement.

Mahler’s works are generally designed for large orchestral forces, symphonic choruses and operatic soloists. The Piano Quartet in A minor is the first movement to an abandoned piano quartet. The new work is aptly dubbed part ii: a Mahler Fanfiction.

Two of the four musicians for these concerts are familiar faces of the annual National Youth Music Competition NYMC. They are violinist Jeffrey Armstrong the overall winner and gold medallist of the 2014 NYMC and pianist Tertia Visser, a regular accompanist at the competitions.

The other two are viola player Stéphanie Lawrenson (25) and cellist Graham du Plessis (38).

The concert programme includes the first movement of Mahler’s Piano Quartet, Van Dijk’s part ii: a Mahler Fanfiction and the Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor Op 60 by Johannes Brahms.

CCMC tickets range from R120 to R200, depending on the venue. All tickets include wine, beer at the Old Tannery and canapes at the Spin Street venue. Book on Quicket via the Cape Chamber Music Collective website at www.capechambercollective.com

“These inaugural concerts fit hand in glove with the NYMF’s vision to identify, expose and develop young classical musicians in South Africa,” says Michael Maas, chairman of the NYMF.

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