First Galway Flute Festival coming to Cape Town

First Galway Flute Festival coming to Cape Town

The first ever South African Galway Flute Festival will take place at the UCT College of Music and Baxter Concert Hall from February 17 to 21. Visiting world renowned flautist Sir James Galway along with his wife Lady Jeanne Galway will give master classes and workshops during the weeklong Festival, which will also include evening concerts.

The Festival opens on Tuesday, February 17, with a gala recital concert featuring Sir and Lady Galway accompanied by South African born pianist Anne Marshall. Marshall accompanies the Galways across the globe and she will also accompany South African flautist Marlene Verwey who was awarded the Rising Star Award by the Galways in 2012. Verwey now enjoys an international career but is excited to be invited back to be part of the festival. Her recital will take place on Friday, February 20. On Wednesday, February 18, the UCT Flute Faculty will perform a concert showing the versatility of flute chamber music. Bridget Rennie Salonen, Liesl Stoltz and Gabriele von Dürckheim will perform a mixed programme of chamber music with invited guests Francois du Toit, Catherine Foxcroft, Sarah Burnett and more. A highlight of the concert will be the launch of a unique CD of South African flute works produced by the S A College of Music and Liesl Stoltz, entitled “Explorations”. All three concerts take place in the Baxter Concert Hall at 8.15pm.

During the day Sir James and Lady Jeanne will be giving master classes to selected students. These classes are open to the public who can purchase day passes or a week long observer pass which gives them access to all activities as well as the evening concerts.

For those unable to attend during the day Sir James will be giving a master class on Thursday, February 19, from 7 to 9pm in the Baxter Concert Hall, which should be of special interest to school groups and regular concert goers alike. There will also be the chance to join a flute choir who will close the festival on Saturday, February 21, at 2pm. Members of the flute choir will also be invited to perform the following weekend in Vergelegen as part of the RMB Starlight Classics.

* Tickets for the evening concerts are on sale now from Computicket. Entry for participating or observing the Flute Festival closes on Friday, January 23.

For more information and application forms call 084 682 1337; or send an email to saflutefestival@gmail.com.