L’invitation au voyage: French music for Cello and Piano – Sarah Acres (Cello) & Albert Combrink (Piano)

Read a Review of this Pogramme HERE.“It’s rare to see a closely knit duo such as this in performance. Flawless and sympathetic, each of these two musicians represent a wealth of talent and experience.

View Photographs of this event HERE.

Thursday 13 June, 10.45 am

R70 at the door (including 10% discount in the cafe for a table of 2 or more, booked in advance)

Featuring the Poulenc Cello Sonata, and some beautiful music, including song-transciptions by Faure, Hahn, Debussy, Satie to say nothing of the title song by Duparc – this programme will enchant and delight.

Bookings: Phone:021 788 6062
Email: info@casalabia.co.za

Casa Labia Cultural Center:

Address: 192 Main Rd, Cape Town 7945

Further Information:

call 073 53 58 595

https://www.albertcombrink.com / Twitter: @albertcombrink

Presented in collaboration with Cellist in the City


Read a short discussion about French Song Transcribed for Cello – Some thoughts from Sarah Acres (Cellist)

What’s on the Programme:

Duparc: “L’invitation au voyage”

Poulenc: Cello Sonata Op.143

Debussy: “La mer est plus belle” L. 81 No. 1

Poulenc: “Les Chemins de L’amour”

Poulenc: “Fleurs

Poulenc: “Sérénade”

Poulenc: “Bleuet”

Fauré: “Claire de Lune” Op. 46 No. 2

Fauré: “Automne” Op.18 No.3

Fauré: “Les Roses d’Ispahan” Op.39 No.4

Fauré: “Après un rêve” Op. 7 No. 1

Satie: “Je te veux”

Hahn: “D’un Prison”

Listen to a recording made LIVE at St. George’s Cathedral earlier this year, of one of the songs that inspired the present journey of exploring French Song transcribed for the Cello:

Reynaldo Hahn: À Chloris – (Cello & Piano version of French Song)


Cellist Sarah Acres

Cellist Sarah Acres

Sarah Acres (Cello) CV:
Born in London, Sarah studied the cello with Michael Evans at the Royal College of Music. She won several RCM awards including the Ivor James prize for her performance of the first Shostakovich Cello Concerto, and the Helen Just Recital prize, before graduating with a GRSM(Hons) degree and ARCM teaching diploma in 1983.

She free-lanced with many British orchestras before gaining a permanent post with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Ireland. In 1985 she came to South Africa to join the Natal Philharmonic orchestra, where she became the co-principal cellist. During this time she made several appearances a soloist with the NPO, made many recordings for the SABC and was a regular performer of chamber music. She has also been member of the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Ireland and the Cape Town Symphony -and Philharmonic Orchestras. She coaches for both the annual Franschhoek Chamber Music Week, and for the South African Amateur Chamber Music Players. She has given Masterclasses in Grahamstown to both school and university pupils.

Sarah is a busy free-lance player and is also actively involved in performing chamber music around the country, including regular appearances in the Concerts 4×2 series of Baroque Music with Professor Shirley Gie.

Pianist Albert Combrink

Pianist Albert Combrink

Albert Combrink (Piano) CV:

Albert Combrink performs as pianist and accompanist in classical and contemporary music. He recently returned from touring South-East Asia (Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia) where he performed solo concerts and held masterclasses during the Arts Festivals of Singapore and Bali. Albert completed his MMUS at Natal University and also holds three UNISA Licentiates in Solo Performance, Piano Accompaniment and Piano Teaching (Cum Laude). He made his concerto debut with the Natal Philharmonic at the age of 18.

He was finalist in the National ATKV Music Competition. Other prizes include the UND Performer’s Prize, UND Composer’s Competition, the Young Natal Chamber Music Competition, and the Durban Youth Concerto Festival. He received Master Classes from amongst others, Graham Johnson, Anton Nel, Martini Tirimo, Prof Bernd Goetzke. His recordings include Hindemith’s Piano Concerto Four Temperaments with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under David Tidboald, through radio and television broadcasts (including BBC World), works by Hofmeyr and Schnittke with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and was reviewed in the international Gramophone Magazine.

He was repetiteur for the UCT Opera School as well as Cape Town Opera. He was vocal coach for the Portabello company’s Magic Flute which sold out in London’s West End and won the prestigious London Critic’s Olivier Theatre Award. With this company he had the chance to work with BBC’s “The Face of Classical Music”, Charles Hazelwood, and Sir Simon Rattle.


As member of the Cape Town Tango Ensemble he has performed at all the major festivals in the country, with performers and directors such as Mark Hoeben, Ina Wichterich and Marthinus Basson. His work with the CT Tango Ensemble includes two CD’s, El Tango En Africa and Tango Club and has been used on television and in film.

He also co-wrote 3 Arts & Culture Textbooks and Teachers’ Guides for Maskew Miller Longman publications, which have sold more than 100 000 copies.

As concert organiser and accompanist he has worked with a number of South African and international singers, including Prof. Virginia Davids, Hans van Heerden and Virgina Oosthuizen, to name only a few. Highlights with international artists include a concert tour with American soprano Judith Kellock of American and South African Contemporary Art Song. He was also repetiteur for British superstar Lesley Garret on her tour to South Africa and appeared on Top Billing accompanying Welsh Superstar Katherine Jenkins.


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Cello Dreaming Albert Combrink