- Date: 17 October 2014
- Time: 20:00
- City/Town: Cape Town
- Venue: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
- Address: cn Buitengracht & Somerset Rds, Green Point
- Duration: 100 minutes (including interval)
- Ticket Price: R80 (gen. admission), R60 (seniors), R30 (students/learners)
- Bookings: Tickets sold at the door only
- Organiser/Presenter: Pierre van Wyngaard
- Mobile Phone Number: +27 (0)83 355 6371
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: From Buitengracht Street turn into Somerset Road, first left into Chiappini Street, then left again into Waterkant Street.
Entrance to church is halfway down Waterkant Street on left-hand side.
THE ST ANDREW’S SECOND SEMESTER 2014 CONCERT SERIES:
Louise Howlett (soprano), Sally Minter (flute) and Albert Combrink (piano) perform La Vie en Rose, a French inspired programme of songs and chamber works by Gaubert, Fauré, Debussy, Saint-Saëns and more.
All seats are Unreserved and tickets will only be sold at the door for R80; R60 for senior citizens and R30 for students.
LOUISE HOWLETT CV
Louise Howlett, originally from England, studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Margaret Cable where she featured in a number of competitions and masterclasses. As a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, Louise toured to the Bergen Festival and Edinburgh Main and Fringe Festivals, as well as performing in the award winning production of The Ragged Child at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, London. She performed in television productions of both The Ragged Child and the opera of The Tailor of Gloucester.
Louise came to South Africa in 1993 to work as Organiser for the National Chamber Orchestra in the North West Province and soon decided to make South Africa her home. She sang on many occasions with the NCO including a number of corporate functions in Sun City and Johannesburg. She also performed in a number of Oratoria including the Nelson Mass by Haydn, The Messiah by Handel, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and was involved in choral training workshops and master classes.
In March 1999 she moved to Cape Town where she is now based. Her Cape Town debut took place with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at their Kirstenbosch Millennium Concert, but her love of jazz and the musicals led her to create her own unique combination of classical, broadway and jazz “Across the Styles” singing projects which she regularly performs with pianist Albert Combrink. Performances include such varied events as the Kirstenbosch Classical Chamber Music Series and Big Blues Festival with sold out shows at the Baxter Theatre and the Greyton Rose Festival.
Future plans include further performances at the Baxter Theatre and for the Endler Concert Series. They have also released their first CD “Night Sessions”, generously filled with timeless gems, recorded and produced by Duncan Mackay at Down South Recording.
A keen promoter of classical music in Cape Town, Louise is the General Manager of the Cape Town Concert Series, and is a regular presenter on Fine Music Radio. Her programme “For the Love of Opera” features all the latest news and reviews of opera around the world today.
Sally Minter CV:
Sally Minter recently graduated with a Master of Arts with merit from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Studying under Paul Edmund-Davies and Patricia Morris, Sally performed in the Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra under such esteemed conductors as Marin Alsop and Semyon Bychkov in a highly acclaimed performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. During her time in London, Sally excelled in the competition circuit as a semi-finalist in the Orpheus Musician of the Year Competition and receiving the highest accolade of “outstanding” in the Croydon Concerto Competition. As a highlight of her Masters degree, Sally performed in masterclasses for some of the most famous flautists in the world, including William Bennett, Emily Beynon and principal of the Berlin Philharmonic, Andreas Blau.
Sally was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, and first started learning the flute at the age of thirteen under Corvin Matei before moving to Bridget Rennie Salonen with whom she studied for eight years. During her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town, Sally performed as a soloist with every major orchestra in the country, including the Cape Town, Johannesburg and KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestras. She also performed as an on-stage soloist in Cape Town Opera’s production of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims which was described by the Cape Times as “beguiling”. She graduated in 2011 with distinction, receiving the class medal for three consecutive years as the highest performing student in her year. As a highlight of her performance career thus far, Sally was the winner of the Fine Music Radio Nussbaum Award in 2011, resulting in a live radio interview and a generous study bursary. Orchestrally, Sally has performed as the principal flautist of both the Free State Symphony and Cape Town Festival Orchestras. In 2014, Sally will be performing with internationally famous flautist, Paul Edmund-Davies.
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 Flutewhich 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, andSir 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 Cluband has been used on television and in film.
He also co-wrote 3 Arts & Culture Textbooks and Teachers’ Guides forMaskew 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.
Pieter-Adriaan Stofberg CV
Pieter-Adriaan Stofberg studied music at the University of Cape Town under Marian Lewin. He passed his Unisa Grade 8 with distinction and was invited to perform at the prize winners concert in Pretoria. He also received the Stephanie Grannet Memorial Prize from the South African College of Music (UCT) in 2012 and 2013. Earlier this year he passed the Trinity College of London’s Licenciate (LTCL) and currently teaches at Rondebosch Boys Prep School. He will start with his Master’s Degree in performance under Dr Anzel Gerber at the University of Stellenbosch in 2015.