Concerts - Old Nectar Gardens

Concerts

CONCERTS

Old Nectar Concerts bring you curated Classical Music concerts at Old Nectar’s historic wine cellar in the Jonkershoek Valley. Seating 50 audience members, we offer an intimate concert experience with top local and international artists. We also provide a performance platform to talented young students and upcoming South African musicians.

All concerts last approximately 2 hours.

Tickets are available from Quicket and proceeds from all ticket sales go towards Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch. Tickets include wine and finger food at interval. Student and scholar tickets are available at the door. All required Covid-19 screening and health precautions will be followed.

Visitors are encouraged to park cars at the entrance to Old Nectar and walk up the drive to get a feel for the beautiful environment surrounding Old Nectar. We invite you to come early or stay after the concert to enjoy the tranquility of the Old Nectar gardens.

Email for more information: concerts@oldnectar.com

UPCOMING CONCERTS

22 May, 3pm - Young Artists Concert: Cello and Piano Recital

Lauren Wesley-Smith (cello), Alexandra Beaven (piano), Gretna Heyneke (violin)

Cellist, Lauren Wesley-Smith and pianist Alexandra Beaven performed together throughout their undergraduate degrees at Stellenbosch University, and are joining forces once again with a diverse programme, from Baroque to Tango, featuring favourites of the piano-cello repertoire. Both Lauren and Alex are hoping to pursue further postgraduate studies in London and proceeds from ticket sales will go towards funding their education.

Lauren Wesley-Smith graduated from Stellenbosch University with BMus cum laude in 2019, studying with Babette Roosenschoon and Dr Peter Martens, attaining 36 distinctions throughout the course of her studies. During her studies she was the recipient of 7 bursary awards, including the Graham Beck First Year’s Scholarship, the runner-up for the 2019 Edna Elphick award, and performed as soloist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra for their Youth Concerto Festival. As of 2022, she has become an Instrumental Ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation, a music education initiative founded by Grammy award-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti. Lauren has been offered a full scholarship to pursue her postgraduate professional diploma at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, in September 2022 and is currently fundraising to cover the remaining costs.

Alexandra Beaven recently completed her MMus degree, specialising in piano accompaniment under Prof Nina Schumann, in addition to working as an Assistant Lecturer to the piano department. In 2019, Alexandra became the first ever piano accompanist to win the Mabel Quick Instrumental Bursary Competition, in addition to receiving the Betsie Cluver Scholarship award for the overall best achievement in piano as a principal instrument. Other bursary awards for academic and practical achievements include bursaries from both the National Arts Council, (2020 and 2021) and the Myra Chapman trust (2020). Alexandra was accepted for the Master of Arts program at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and will begin studies abroad in September 2022.

Lauren and Alex are also joined by violinist Gretna Heyneke, who is currently pursuing an MMus at Stellenbosch University with Dr Suzanne Martens.

The concert on Sunday 22 May 2022 starts at 3pm and will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are R200 per person and include selected wines from Banhoek’s renowned Oldenburg Wine Estate and finger food at interval. Student / learner tickets are offered at R50 per concert at the door. Guests are invited to come early or stay after the concert to enjoy the tranquility of the Old Nectar gardens.

29 May, 3pm - Leon Bosch: CD Launch 'The South African Double Bass'

Leon Bosch (double bass), Grant McLachlan (piano), David Earl (piano)

As a double bass soloist, Leon Bosch has performed concertos across the world and recorded 15 solo CDs, with varied programmes ranging from Hungarian, Russian and British repertoire to explorations of composers such as von Dittersdorf, Valls and Cervera-Bret. He is also a champion of new music and is working with today’s leading composers to establish a diverse body of repertoire for the instrument. In recent years he has returned to his roots with a project to commission South African composers. The first CD, The South African Double Bass, was released in February 2020 and for this CD launch concert, Leon appears alongside composers and pianists, Grant McLachlan and David Earl.

The concert on Sunday 29 May 2022 starts at 3pm and will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are R200 per person and include selected wines from Banhoek’s renowned Oldenburg Wine Estate and finger food at interval. Student / learner tickets are offered at R50 per concert at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch. Guests are invited to come early or stay after the concert to enjoy the tranquility of the Old Nectar gardens.

26 June, 3pm - Cape Chamber Music Collective: The Beginning of Time

Jose Dias (piano), David Bester (violin), Annelize de Villiers (clarinet), David Pinoit (cello)

Join the Cape Chamber Music Collective (CCMC) for an afternoon of chamber music for piano, strings and clarinet at Old Nectar’s historic wine cellar in the Jonkershoek Valley. Opening the programme is one of the most beloved short piano pieces by Brahms, arranged by South African composer, Grant McLachlan, the Intermezzo Op. 118, no. 2. This is followed by one of French composer, Olivier Messiaen’s most important works, Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the end of time) which he wrote whilst in German captivity at Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp at Görlitz. Messiaen was among thousands of French soldiers taken prisoner in June 1940 and the work was first performed by his fellow prisoners, to 400 prisoners crammed into the camp’s makeshift theatre. Like virtually all of his works, it combines the striking technical achievement of Messiaen's rich and attractive musical style with a deeply felt theological inspiration - in this case from the apocalyptic events described in the Book of Revelation, leading to the end of Time itself.

One of the aims of the CCMC is to programme a diverse range of music, presenting stalwarts of the canon next to lesser-known works, particularly by South African composers. For this concert the CCMC perform the South African Premiere of McLachlan’s work titled Quartet for the beginning of time.

The concert on Sunday 26 June 2022 starts at 3pm and will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are R200 per person and include selected wines from Banhoek’s renowned Oldenburg Wine Estate and finger food at interval. Student / learner tickets are offered at R50 per concert at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch. Guests are invited to come early or stay after the concert to enjoy the tranquility of the Old Nectar gardens.

18 September, 4pm - Spring Swing

Tim Kliphuis, violin and Charl du Plessis, piano

Dutch violin virtuoso Tim Kliphuis teams up with South African pianist Charl du Plessis in a duo delighting audiences across South Africa with concerts planned in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Bloemfontein, Gqeberha, George, Sasolburg, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Oudtshoorn. They will perform works ranging from baroque and classical favourites to jazz standards. Their unique crossover style of improvisation, combined with classical training, will ensure a musical experience of the highest level with a colourful blend of styles and personality.

Tim Kliphuis is one of the best-known improvising violinists in the world. His award-winning brand of high-octane gypsy jazz and classical mashups has taken him to America, Europe, and Africa. Tim has shared the stage with Les Paul, Richard Galliano, Frankie Gavin and Daniel Hope. Charl du Plessis is a Steinway Artist and master of crossover music. His unique style of fusion piano has been heard in performances in Europe, Asia and America. He has shared the stage with Chick Corea, Joja Wendt and has been the collaborative pianist for Nataniël for more than two decades.

An exclusive experience to enjoy the magic of musical improvisation.

The concert on Sunday 18 September 2022 starts at 4pm and will last approximately 2 hours. Tickets are R200 per person and include selected wines from Banhoek’s renowned Oldenburg Wine Estate and finger food at interval. Student / learner tickets are offered at R50 per concert at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch. Guests are invited to come early or stay after the concert to enjoy the colours of Spring in the Old Nectar gardens.



Email for more information: concerts@oldnectar.com

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PAST CONCERTS

3 April, 3pm - Cape Chamber Music Collective : Piano Quintet

The Cape Chamber Music Collective, a passion project put together by a group of South African musicians, has recently launched their concerts in and around Cape Town.

For this concert at the Old Nectar gardens historic wine cellar in Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch, well-known South African musicians, Francois du Toit (piano), Farida Bacharova (violin), Bonolo Kgaile (violin), Uliana Alekseev (viola) and David Pinoit (cello) perform works by Shostakovich, Kodály and Dvorák.

Derived from Dmitry Shostakovich’s compositions for film, ballet, and theatre productions, the Five Pieces for Two Violins, in this concert arranged for violin and viola, present the unusually optimistic and entertaining side of the composer.

Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher, Zoltán Kodály’s Kodály method of music education is still taught to children internationally. The Duo for Violin and Cello from 1914 is a case study in the fusion of classical forms with folk melodies and rhythm, highlighting the musical writing of dialogue, and the infusion of language into music.

Dramatic, and eternally expressive, Dvorák's Piano Quintet is one of the finest examples for this combination of instruments. The vivid and individual part-writing, mixed with Dvorák's direct and poignant lyricism, makes this work one of the most beloved pieces of chamber music ever written.