South African College of Music Concerts Update

Dear Friends of the College

It is wonderful having concerts with audiences again. Even so, many events have taken place during the year, and I am delighted to share our two most recent success stories with you now. (An updated list of scheduled concerts will follow.)

Most recently, the first “David Aldred Memorial Prize for Sopranos”, of R20 000, was won by Molly Dzangare. Runners up Charlotte Mhlongo and Ncumisa Garishe were each awarded R2 000.

Last Tuesday, the prestigious Schock Foundation Prize for Chamber Music competition was won by the Schubert, String Quartet, who performed “Death and the Maiden”. Nicholas Bruiners, Kaitlin Downie, Kristin Leith and Nicola McLachlan each won R5 200. (R20 800 for the group.)

The first runner-up was the Dring Trio; Lily van der Merwe, John-Ross Brouwers and Gerhard Joubert each won R3 150. (R9 450 for the group.)

The second runner-up was the Shostakovich Trio; Daniel Albertyn, Jessica Scott and Joshua Heugh each won R2 450. (R7 350 for the group.)

The third runner-up was the Desenclos Quartet; Art Wynberg, Grace Njogu,  Seth Alexander and Lisakhanya Pantsi each won R1 850. (R7 400 for the group).

We are really grateful for the continuing support of the Schock Foundation.

Here is an updated list of what we are staging in the Baxter Concert Hall over the next few weeks: Tickets are unreserved and free of charge, unless otherwise stated. To secure your tickets, please e-mail or WhatsApp 083 228 5819.

Tuesday 19 October at 6.30 pm:

The UCT Symphonic Wind Ensemble

(Conductor: Brandon Phillips)

March, Op. 99 – Sergei Prokofiev

Second Suite in F – Gustav Holst

Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo – Malcolm Arnold/Panter

Carioca – Gus Kahn, Edward Eliscu and Vincent Youmans. Arr. By Naohiro Iwai


Thursday 21 October at 13h00

Lunchtime concert: New works by the composition I, II and III students of the SACM.


Thursday 21 October at 6.30pm:


Laura Pauna (piano)

Contemporary South African Piano Music

Prismatica is a curated collection of diverse piano works written by South African composers. An exploration of contemporary compositions that embrace our shared heritage and colourful history; exploring the musical landscape of South Africa. Vektor Productions alongside pianist Laura Pauna is inviting you to attend these performances of notable compositions by established South-African composers. The concert will include works by Hendrik Hofmeyr, Clare Loveday, Peter Louis van Dijk, Martin Watt, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, Pieter Bezuidenhout and Christo Jankowitz.

This concert is supported by the Romanian Consulate, Cape Town.

Ticket details: TBC


Friday 29 October at 6.30pm:

African Music Concert – featuring the UCT Ibuyambo Orchestra

Ezakwantu (Things of People) embraces the variety of customs and celebrations of Xhosa origin and remembers the historical coming together of Xhosa-speaking people, in songs and dances from the nine original Xhosa Kingdoms. In a program of vocal and instrumental variety, UCT Ibuyambo celebrates its mother culture as we move into new times.

Directed by Dizu Plaatjies, this musical narrative features the talents of undergraduate students in the African Music Programme at the South African College of Music.


Tuesday 2 November at 6.30pm:

UCT Symphony Orchestra

(Conductor: Brandon Phillips)


L’italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini

You are two: The divided brain by Alexandros Vavatzanidis

(Winner of the Jan Royce Prize for Orchestral Composition)

Symphony No. 40 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


9 – 11 November

Chamber Music (details TBC)


Tuesday 16 November at 6.30 pm:

The 20th Schock Foundation Prize for Singing Competition, 2021


The twentieth annual voice competition sponsored by the Schock Foundation, in two categories: Best Male Voice and Best Female Voice. The competition is open to full-time students of the SACM.


Tuesday 23 November at 6.30 pm:

The Laura Searle Prize for Piano Concerto Playing, 2021


The eighteenth edition of the Laura Searle Prize for Piano Concerto Playing, which is open to all piano students at the SACM. In normal times, part of the prize is to perform with the UCT Symphony Concert the following year.


4 – 7 December – online symposium and festival

Bowed Electrons 2021, the fourth annual SACM electroacoustic symposium and festival, is scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 December.

Prof. Bornhoeft (Mozarteum University), Dr Richards (De Montfort University) and Dr Fourie (Rhodes University) will deliver keynote addresses. The programme will consist of day presentations and evening concerts by composers, performers and technologists based in Africa, Europe and North America.

Free registration and an event programme will be made available on 15 November at


Please note that the Baxter Restaurant is now open. Their direct line is 021 685 2674.

I look forward to seeing you at the concerts.


Gillian Lindner

Concert Co-ordinator