YouTube links for past performances

Mozart Requiem at Bishop’s Chapel, March 5th 2016


Verdi Requiem at Jameson Hall, UCT, October 2015 – “Libera Me”


Carmina Burana at Kirstenbosch March 2014

“Blanziflor et Helena” and the final “O Fortuna”


The Last Night of the Proms 2014 – Overview, interviews and clips

The Last Night of the Proms March 2014

Land of Hope and Glory


The Last Night of the Proms March 2014

Hector the Hero


The Last Night of the Proms 2014

Gabriel”s Oboe from the movie, “The Mission”


Beethoven 9th Symphony – May 2013 by Harry Wiggett


On Sunday, 19th May – the Feast of Pentecost – the day of our final rehearsal before the performance of the Beethoven Symphony No.9 (the Choral) – I heard these words read in St. Margaret”s Church, Fish Hoek where Jean (my wife) and I worship:

“…and your old men shall dream dreams…”(Acts 2.17)

But, its not only old men who dream dreams, it is also young men who dream them! And one of my dreams of some sixty years ago (which has been a recurring dream through the course of these past sixty years) was to sing in a performance of the Beethoven 9th Symphony. Continue reading

Dvorak Mass in D Major – June 2013 by Harry Wiggett


From Hip Hop to Hosanna

Within the past eight days Jean (my wife) and I have had the privilege of experiencing two events which have had a refreshingly profound effect on us, and for me have enhanced my understanding of the word “church”!

The first was on Sunday 16 June when we spent ten hours – from 8.00a.m. to 6.00p.m.- in the Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, attending a national Hip-Hop Competition in which our two Johannesburg granddaughters were participating. Continue reading

Brahms Requiem – October 2013 by Harry Wiggett


Performed in the Cape Town City Hall on Tuesday 15th October 2013 under the direction of Conductor Alexander Fokkens


My first experience of the Brahms Requiem in the same venue some years ago was a disappointment. We had been invited to attend the performance and we were, indeed, looking forward to it.

However, the playing and singing on that occasion might have been word and note perfect, but the performance was both leaden and dismal. As a result of which my wife, Jean, and I agreed to give future airings of this work a miss. Continue reading

For The Love of Music – by Nadia Essop


By Nadia Essop

Miss Pretty Yende won the World Opera Competition, Operalia 2011. Operalia is an annual event that attracts hundreds of hopefuls from across the world. The soprano triumphed in 3 categories! Pretty Yende is a South African – she is of Zulu ancestry.

One may wonder what the colour of her skin, her small town roots, or her cultural heritage have to do with her credibility as an opera singer. Nothing… Except perhaps, as reason to pause and reflect on our South African musical past. During Apartheid it was undoubtedly a different experience for gifted young singers, as well as for members of the audience. Continue reading

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