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DATE COMPOSER WORK CONDUCTOR
1983
May Beethoven 9th Symphony Yoshimi Takeda
Nov Honnegar King David Louis Fremaux
1984
April Mendelssohn Elijah Stanley Sperber
Sept Elgar Dream of Gerontius Barry Smith
Dec Berlioz Lénfance du Christ Enrique Asenscio
1985
April Mahler 2nd Symphony Harold Faberman
May Orff Carmina Burana Enrique Asenscio
Sept Haydn Creation Erich Bergel
Nov Faure Requiem Louis Fremaux
1986
April Beethoven 9th Symphony Omri Hadari
July Brahms Requiem Erich Bergel
Oct Vaughn Williams Sea Symphony Barry Smith
Nov Berlioz Lénfance du Christ Enrique Asenscio
1987
April PDQ Bach The Seasonings Terence Kern
PDQ Bach Horrortorio Ditto
Verdi Requiem David Tidbould
June Beethoven 9th Symphony Piero Gamba
Nov Rossini Stabat Mater David de Villiers
1998
April Elgar Dream of Gerontius Barry Smith
May Gounod Messe Solonelle Barry Smith
June Bruckner d’Narc Ogan N”arc
Oct Bloch Sacred Service Elyahim Shapiro
1989
May Orff Carmina Burana Piero Gamba
Aug Mendelssohn Lobgesang Wolfgang Bothe
Oct Mahler 2nd Symphony Omri Hadari
Nov Brahms Requiem David Tidbould
Nov Mozart Ave Verum Victor Yampolsky
Nov Faure Pavanne Victor Yampolsky
1990
April Beethoven Mass in C Omri Hadari
June Verdi Requiem Omri Hadari
Oct Britten War Requiem Omri Hadari
Nov Best of Broadway K Mattison & Bill Holland
Nov Vivaldi Gloria David de Villiers
Nov Beethoven Chorial Fantasia David de Villiers
1991
April Mahler 3rd Symphony Omri Hadari
Beethoven 9th Symphony Omri Hadari
June Mozart Mass in C Omri Hadari
Sept Berlioz Romeo & Juliette Omri Hadari
Nov Mozart Requiem Omri Hadari
1992
April Mahler 2nd Symphony Omri Hadari
Brahms Requiem Omri Hadari
June Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms Omri Hadari
Sept Mendelssohn Elijah Barry Smith
Nov Berlioz Te Deum Louis Fremaux
1993
April Schubert Mass in E Flat David de Villiers
June Poulenc Gloria Bruno Aprea
July Beethoven 9th Symphony Erich Bergel
Oct Handel Zadok the Priest Sidney Harth
1994
March Peter L Van Dyk San Gloria Reinhard Schwartz
June Beethoven Mass in C Erich Bergel
Sept Mozart Ave Verum John Hopkins
Mozart Laudate Dominum John Hopkins
Mozart Regina Coeli John Hopkins
Nov Prokofiev Alexander Nevski David Tidbould
1995
April Beethoven 9th Symphony ??
June Schubert Mass in E Flat? ??
Aug Brahms Requiem Erich Bergel
Oct Elgar Dream of Gerontius Barry Smith
1996
March Kodaly Psalmus Hungarius ??
Stainer Crucifixtion Garmon Ashby
April Dvorak Requiem Mass Garmon Ashby
June Bach Magnificat Garmon Ashby
July Songs of Praise Richard Cock
Oct Handel Ode to St Cecilia Garmon Ashby
Zadok the Priest Garmon Ashby
Mozart Regina Coeli Garmon Ashby
1997
April Verdi Requiem (& Bach Choir of London) Si David Willcocks
June Brahms Requiem Erich Bergel
July Songs of Praise Richard Cock
Oct Faure Requiem, Messe Basse Garmon Ashby
Cantique de Jean Racine Ditto
Nov Mozart Ave verum?? ??
1998
March Proms Richard Cock
April Vivaldi Gloria Garmon Ashby
July Songs of Praise Richard Cock
July Mahler 2nd Symphony?? ??
Nov Bach Christmas Oratorio Mark Mitchell??
1999
April Haydn Stabat Mater Mark Mitchell
June Songs of Praise Richard Cock
Dec Mozart Mass in C Bernhard Gueller
2000
May Bach Easter Cantata? ??
Mozart Vespers ??
2001
March Songs of Praise Richard Cock
July Proms Richard Cock
Nov Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzer Grant MacLachlan
2002
April Bernstein/Rutter Chichester Psalms Grant MacLachlan
March Songs of Praise Richard Cock
July Proms Richard Cock
2003
March Songs of Praise Richard Cock
June Proms Richard Cock
Aug Haydn Harmoniemess/Te Deum Ashley Grote
Oct SA Navy Band Concert Cdr. Mike Oldham
2004
March Songs of Praise Richard Cock
May Proms Richard Cock
July Brahms German Requiem Barry Smith
2005
June Songs of Praise Richard Cock
Nov Vivaldi/Mozart Magnificat Alexander Fokkens
2006
June Proms Richard Cock
Oct Beethoven Mass in C Alexander Fokkens
Dec Mozart/Rutter A Seasonal Concert Alexander Fokkens
2007
March/April Proms Richard Cock
June Haydn Little Organ Mass Alexander Fokkens
Oct Faure Requiem/with Comart Choir Alexander Fokkens
Dec Hodie/Christmas Music Alexander Fokkens
2008
March Proms Richard Cock
April Faure Requiem/Groote Kerk Alexander Fokkens
June Haydn Creation Alexander Fokkens
Oct Mendelssohn Elijah with Comart Choir Alexander Fokkens
2009
March Proms Richard Cock
June Mozart Coronation Mass/Vespers Alexander Fokkens
Oct Beethoven Mass in C Arjan Tien
Oct Gounod & Rutter St Cecilia Mass & Feel the Spirit Alexander Fokkens
With Comart Choir
Dec Mozart/St Saens Oratorio de Noel Alexander Fokkens
2010
March Proms Richard Cock
May Brahms Liebesliederwalze Alexander Fokkens
Oct Verdi Requiem with Philharmonia Choir Victor Yampolsky
2011
Bach Magnificat & Cantata 140 Wachet Auf Alexander Fokkens
Carl Orff Carmina Burana Alexander Fokkens
Various Christmas Concert with RUC Church Alexander Fokkens
2012
April Rutter Requiem Alexander Fokkens
May Randall Thompson Frostiana Alexander Fokkens
Oct Mozart Mass in C Minor Alexander Fokkens
2013
Feb Carl Orff Carmina Burana Richard Cock
May Beethoven 9th Symphony Bernhard Gueller
June Dvorak Mass in D Major Alexander Fokkens

 

About Us

Welcome to the website of the Symphony Choir of Cape Town.

The SCCT was founded in 1972 as an adjunct to the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, performing major choral works each year under the baton of well-known guest conductors. Since 1992 the Choir has been an independent body and has promoted and managed its own concerts.

While singing major choral works remains its main objective, the Choir also performs smaller scale works as well. For many years now the SCCT has participated in the “Last Night of the Proms” community concerts organised by Rotary. Choirs from the Greater Cape Town area are invited to collaborate with the SCCT in some concerts as part of a policy to support such choirs.

The SCCT aims to put on an average of 4 concerts per year. It consists of between 40 and 50 members from all walks of life with a common love of choral music and new members are always welcome (please see “Sing with us” link for more information).

Upcoming Concerts

We rehearse weekly in Rondebosch and perform in a variety of venues such as City Hall, Bishops Chapel, Baxter Theatre, St John’s Church, Artscape Theatre and St George’s Catherdral. The choir is directed by Alex Fokkens and run by a committee headed by a chairman and made up of choir members. The SCCT is a non-profit organisation and, as such, works hard to gain sponsorship and funding from corporates and private individuals.

As It Is In Cape Town

`AS IT IS IN CAPE TOWN . . .’

First-class choirs can’t be created without the occasional clanging note

By

HILARY BASSETT

As anyone who saw the movie “As it is in Heaven” will know, creating a good choir out of a rich assortment of people connected by nothing more than their love of singing is no simple matter. The Symphony Choir of Cape Town may not boast quite the drama of its famous Swedish counterpart, but it’s had enough clashes, turbulence, discordant notes and big bangs in the past few years for its present harmony to be well worth celebrating.

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Alexander Fokkens, The Symphony Choir’s Musical Director

Alex Fokkens

Alex Fokkens

BIOGRAPHY OF ALEXANDER FOKKENS

Alexander Fokkens’ extensive experience, both local and international, his professionalism , and his  intense passion for music have led him to become one of the most sought-after conductors in South Africa.

Committed to ensuring that performances under his baton are of the very highest calibre  and level of musicality ,  Alexander’s artistic integrity , personality and energy on the podium , and his excellent rapport with musicians and singers alike , have made him popular with performers and audiences everywhere .

Since returning from the USA in 2005, Alexander has been involved in many different areas of classical music in South Africa , and he currently holds a number of posts .

In 2011 ,  he was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the Free State Symphony Orchestra as well as Conductor of the Free State Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has been Music Director of the Symphony Choir of Cape Town since 2005 and holds the positions of General Music Director of the Swakopmund Musikwoche in Namibia  (since 2010) and Musical Advisor to the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra (since 2013).

Alexander is committed to the education of young musicians and one of his undeniable strengths is that of  discovering , inspiring , mentoring and developing  young musical talent  .  Under his expert guidance, students in youth orchestras such as the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphony in the USA (2001-2003), Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony (1999-2005) and Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (2006-2012) have excelled , and these orchestras have risen to new levels of performance.

He has been involved for many years  with the University of Cape Town Orchestras , both before and after his time in the USA. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the University of Cape Town String Ensemble  and Symphonic Band (2009 to present) ,  and is Resident Conductor of the University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra (2006 to present).

His vision and unwavering dedication to the delivery of memorable performances have seen Alexander  become an acclaimed  guest conductor, both here and in the USA .  Amongst others, he has conducted the Latien Weed Honours Orchestra in South Dakota, The Grinnell Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Opera, JMI Orchestra, the Black Tie Opera Company, Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, South African National Youth Concert Orchestra, Free State Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra  , and the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa.  He made his European debut in 2006 , conducting Joplin’s Treemonisha in La Turbie, France.

Many soloists  have enjoyed appearing with Alexander , and some of those  who have played or sung under his baton include John Owings, Curt Thompson, Pretty Yende, Koos Kombuis, Tumi Molekane, Leslie Howard, Anmari van der Westhuisen and Samson Diamond, to name  but a few.

Graduating  from the University of Cape Town in 1998 with a BMus in Orchestral Studies (Double Bass) , Alexander  then went to America and furthered his studies at Texas Christian University ,  where he obtained his Masters in Double Bass performance and completed 3 years of Additional Studies in Theory and Conducting.  He has studied with world- renowned conductors such as Omri Hadari, Gerard Korsten and German Gutierrez  , and has participated in Master Classes with Henry Charles Smith, William LaRue Jones, Jorge Mester, Joann Falletta, Leslie B Dunner and Ron Spiegelman.

Appearances in the near future include performances with the Free State Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Cape Philharmonic, Cape Philharmonic, Cosi van Tutte with Gauteng Opera, Symphony Choir of Cape Town and the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra, and presentations in the USA.

Alexander lives in Cape Town with his wife, pianist Margaret Foxcroft, and their four children. He is currently represented in South Africa by Charl van Heyningen (http://www.charl.co.za )

Visit Alex”s website www.alexanderfokkens.com