Verdi Requiem – Carl Fourie

I thoroughly ? enjoyed Thursday evening??™s performance of Verdi??™s Requiem. Combining the two choirs was a good idea, not just because of its obvious dramatic import, but it was actually vital in passages like Dies Irae, with its descending inner voices. Each choir on its own would not have enough of especially tenors.

? A powerful vocal contrast was set up between the dulcet ? opening Requiem Aeternam, and the thundering Dies Irae: well done!

? The counterpoint in Sanctus was effective, with entries clearly accented. However, the opening two entries felt as if they were pulling against the time, and not quite in step with the orchestra.

? The a capella sections in the final Libera Me were very beautiful, and exhibited a beautiful balance between the various choral voices. . It was obvious that the choirs were aware of the resulting harmonies, as their voices blended naturally and plaintively. Continue reading

Verdi Requiem – October 2010 by Harry Wiggett

VERDI REQIEM…..October 2010

I am perpetually fascinated and amazed at the experience of life being like a jig-saw puzzle with pieces being fitted into place each day, adding to the wonder and colourfulness of the whole picture as it builds with purposefulness towards an eventual completion.

The Cape Town Symphony and Philharmonia Choirs joint venture in the performances of the Verdi Reqiem proved to add specially lovely pieces to mine and Jean”s joint and individual puzzles:

For over 50 years now Jean and I have derived immense pleasure from attending orchestral rehearsals and concerts in the City Hall. And so it was with a sense of deep gratitude that we were able to sing together for the first time on the City Hall stage with the orchestra under Maestro Victor Yampolsky. Continue reading

Verdi Requiem- October 2010 by Ugo Rivera


Twice in the last few years our choir has sung major requiems very soon after the deaths of significant persons in my life.  We sang the Mozart requiem under the baton of Richard Cock just a few weeks after the death of my father and now we sang Verdi’s one quite soon after my mother-in- law’s death.  So I started thinking about the concept of requiems in general. Continue reading

Verdi Requiem, a choir member’s perspective by Nadia Essop


By Nadia Essop (October 27, 2010)

 It’s Wednesday evening. After 3 hours of rehearsal with the orchestra, soloists, and combined choirs, my spirits are in need of a lift. I cannot move beyond the question: What am I doing here?

 The Cape Town City Hall’s labyrinth of passages and spaces have a faded aura. The resident phantoms could add cachet to the scenario, but other than blocking the toilets, they too seem ready to abandon the cause. Perhaps Le Fantôme senses the prevailing mindset seeping through the cracks: apathy, and the celebration of mediocrity.

I am aware of the musical pecking order I have volunteered myself into. First there is the conductor, in this case visiting Muscovite, maestro Victor Yampolsky. The conductor, also known as the musical director, is permitted (and forgiven) everything! He is forgiven for wearing red sneakers with pink socks (wow!), he is allowed to lose his temper, or throw a tantrum if he wants to. It is best to stay on the good side of the conductor. Laugh at his jokes – it’s the right thing to do. More importantly, do exactly as he instructs. Capiche? Continue reading

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DATE                  COMPOSER                 WORK                     CONDUCTOR


May                        Beethoven                         9th Symphony            Yoshimi Takeda

Nov                        Honnegar                           King David                   Louis Fremaux


April                       Mendelssohn                     Elijah                            Stanley Sperber

Sept                         Elgar                                   Dream of Gerontius    Barry Smith

Dec                          Berlioz                                Lenfance du Christ      Enrique Asenscio


April                         Mahler                               2nd Symphony             Harold Faberman

May                           Carl Orff                           Carmina Burana          Enrique Asenscio

Sept                           Haydn                               Creation                       Erich Bergel

Nov                            Faure                                Requiem                      Louis Fremaux


April                         Beethoven                        9th Symphony             Omri Hadari

July                           Brahms                             Requiem                       Erich Bergel

Oct                             Vaughn Williams           Sea Symphony             Barry Smith

Nov                            Berlioz                              Lenfance du Christ      Enrique Asenscio


April                         PDQ Bach                         The Seasonings            Terence Kern

April                          PDQ Bach                         Horrortorio                   Terence Kern

April                          Verdi                                  Requiem                         David Tidbould

June                          Beethoven                       9th Symphony               Piero Gamba

Nov                           Rossini                              Stabat Mater                  David de Villiers


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


May                          Carl 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 Yampolksy

Nov                           Faure                                   Pavanne                           Victor Yampolski


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                           Choral Fantasia             David De Villiers


April                          Mahler                               3rd Symphony                Omri Hadari

April                          Beethoven                         9th Symphony                Omri Hadari

June                          Mozart                               Mass in C                         Omri Hadari

Sept                           Berlioz                              Romeo & Juliette            Omri Hadari

Nov                           Mozart                              Requiem                           Omri Hadari


April                         Mahler                                2nd Symphony                 Omri Hadari

April                         Brahms                               Requiem                            Omri Hadari

June                         Stravinsky                          Symphony of Psalms       Omri Hadari

Sept                          Mendelssohn                     Elijah                                  Barry Smith

Nov                           Berlioz                                Te Deum                            Louis Fremaux


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


March              Peter L Van Dyk                          San Gloria                   Reinhard Schwartz

June                     Beethoven                                Mass in C                          Erich Bergel

Sept                       Mozart                                     Ave Verum                     John Hopkins

Spet                      Mozart                               Laudate Dominum              John Hopkins

Sept                      Mozart                                       Regina Coeli                  John Hopkins

Nov                    Prokofiev                             Alexander Nevski                 David Tidbould


April                 Beethoven                              9th Symphony

June                  Schubert                                Mass in E Flat

Aug                   Brahms                                   Requiem                                  Erich Bergel

Oct                    Elgar                                       Dream of Gerontius               Barry Smith


March               Kodaly                                   Psalmus Hungarius

March              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

Oct                   Handel                                     Zadok the Priest                    Garmon Ashby

Oct                   Mozart                                    Regina Coeli                         Garmon Ashby


April                Verdi            Requiem (& Bach Choir of  London)        Sir David Willocks

June               Brahms                                    Requiem                                      Erich Bergel

July                                                                 Songs of Praise                          Richard Cock

Oct                  Faure                                     Requiem, Messe Basse             Garmon Ashby

Oct                                                                 Cantique de Jean Racine           Garmon Ashby

Nov                Mozart                                   Ave Verum Corpus  /Requiem/   Richard Cock

Exultante Jubilate


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


April             Haydn                                         Stabat Mater                              Mark Mitchell

June                                                                  Songs of Praise                          Richard Cock

Dec             Mozart                                          Mass in C                              Bernhard Gueller


May               Bach                                           Easter Cantata

May               Mozart                                       Vespers


March                                                                Songs Of Praise                 Richard Cock

July                                                                    Proms                                   Richard Cock

Nov             Brahms                                         Liebeslieder Waltzer       Grant ManLachlan


April          Bernstein/Rutter                       Chichester Psalms             Grant MacLachlan

March                                                               Songs of Praise                  Richard Cock

July                                                                    Proms                                 Richard Cock


March                                                                Songs of Praise                 Richard Cock

June                                                                   Proms                                 Richard Cock

Aug                 Haydn                                      Harmonieness/Te Deum   Ashley Grote

Oct                                                                    SA Navy casino online Band Concert      Cdr.Mike Oldham


March                                                             Songs of Praise                      Richard Cock

May                                                                 Proms                                      Richard Cock

July              Brahms                                     Requiem                                  Barry Smith


June                                                                Songs of Praise                      Richard Cock

Nov            Vivaldi/Mozart                          Magnificat                           Alexander Fokkens


June                                                                 Proms                                     Richard Cock

Oct               Beethoven                                  Mass in C                         Alexander Fokkens

Dec               Mozart/Rutter                          A Seasonal Concert       Alexander Fokkens


March                                                               Proms                                    Richard Cock

June             Haydn                                         Little Organ Mass          Alexander Fokkens

Oct                Faure                                Requiem (& Comart Choir)    Alexander Fokkens

Dec                Hodie                                      Christmas Music                 Alexander Fokkens


March                                                               Proms                                    Richard Cock

April              Faure                                    Requiem/Groote Kerk         Alexander Fokkens

June               Haydn                                       Creation                             Alexander Fokkens

Oct                 Mendelssohn                      Eijah (& Comart Choir)       Alexander Fokkens


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

Dec                Mozart/Saint Saens        Oratorio de Noel                      Alexander Fokkens


March                                                              Proms                                     Richard Cock

May                  Brahms                                  Liebesliederwalze            Alexander Fokkens

Oct                   Verdi       Requiem with Philharmonia Choir                 Victor Yampolsky


May                Bach          Magnificat & Cantata 140 Wachet Auf       Alexander Fokkens

Sept                Carl Orff                              Carmina Burana                   Alexander Fokkens

Dec                                                             Christmas Concert                  Alexander Fokkens


April                                                             Proms                                      Richard Cock

April             Rutter                                     Requiem                                Alexander Fokkens

May              Randal Thompson              Frostiana                                 Alexander Fokkens

Oct                 Mozart                                 Mass in C                                 Alexander Fokkens


Feb                  Carl Orff                            Carmina Burana                      Richard Cock

May                                                              Proms                                        Richard Cock

May                Beethoven                           9th Symphony                         Bernhard Gueller

June               Dvorak                                 Mass in D Major                   Alexander Fokkens

Oct                   Brahms                     Requiem & Tygerberg Choir        Alexander Fokkens

Dec                                                       Christmas Concert                        Alexander Fokkens (at Groot Constantia)


Mar                                                        Proms                                              Richard Cock

Mar             Carl Orff                        Carmina Burana with the CPO     Alexander Fokkens (at Kirstenbosch)

June            Rossini                           Petite Messe Solonnelle                 Alexander Fokkens

October       Haydn                            Nelson Mass                                    Alexander Fokkens

Vivaldi                              Gloria                                                Alexander Fokkens

December                                      Christmas Concert                               Alexander Fokkens (at Groot Constantia)

March          Beethoven                     Choral Fantasia                                Alexander Fokkens

Grant Maclachlen        Darius and the Den

March                                                Proms                                                  Richard Cock

June                       Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer Opus 52 and Neue Liebeslieder Opus 65     Alexander Fokkens

October                   Verdi Requiem  with City of Tygerberg Choir and Vox Humana           Alexander Fokkens

December                      Festive Concert                                                      Alexander Fokkens (Groot Constantia)


March                      Last Night of the Proms                            Richard Cock

March                      Mozart Requiem                                          Alexander Fokkens

June                          Beethoven Mass in C                                  Alexander Fokkens

October                    Schubert Mass in G Major   &                 Alexander Fokkens

                                   Rossini Stabat Mater

December                 Festive Concert                                          Alexander Fokkens


April                      Stainer Crucifixion                                    Levi Alexander

April                    Last Night of the Proms                           Richard Cock

June                        Haydn Creation   (with Stadskoor Tygerberg) Alexander Fokkens

October                 Mendelsson Elijah (with Philharmonia Choir)  Alexander Fokkens 

December              Festive Concert                                                          Alexander Fokkens (Groot Constantia)

December              Handel “Messiah”                                                    Alexander Fokkens


March                   Varied Programme at Silo Precinct, Waterfront   Alexander Fokkens 

April                       Hummel Mass in B flat & Rutter Requiem            Alexander Fokkens 

June                        Mozart Mass in C Minor                                            Alexander Fokkens 

August                     Mahler 2 “The Resurrection”                                    Bernhard Gueller 

September              Last Night of the Proms                                              Richard Cock 

October                   Rodgers and Hammerstein                                        Alexander Fokkens

December               Festive Concert                                                             Alexander Fokkens (Groot Constantia)

December                Handel Messiah                                                            Alexander Fokkens 












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