Celebrated Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra visits Cape with two expats

Celebrated Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra visits Cape with two expats

Two South African musicians with exciting careers abroad, return to their motherland for a tour with the Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra who arrived in South Africa this weekend.

Albert Horne, former Cape Town Opera chorus master, and award-winning Riversdale-born pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prins will perform with this German youth orchestra on a South African tour. They will perform in the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, October 11, and in the Endler Concert Hall in Stellenbosch on Friday, October 12.

Founded in 1973, the Rheinland-Pfalz Youth Orchestra is considered one of the best youth ensembles of its kind in Germany. Its ground-breaking tour included recent performance in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Gaborone (Botswana).

Horne is currently chorus master and director at the Wiesbaden State Theatre in Germany, while Prins is a doctoral candidate at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the United States of America.

“I am terribly excited about this concert tour,” says Horne. “I’d like to showcase my beautiful country and its warm audiences to the youth orchestra, as well as to showcase this exceptional group of young musicians to South Africans. I want to share their musicality and commitment with local audiences – this will certainly prove an unforgettable experience for all.”

Prins is equally excited about performing in South Africa again. “The orchestra really sounds amazing; it’s hard to believe that it’s a youth orchestra. Albert is fantastic and has made rehearsals enjoyable. He has an infectious energy and it drives us both on and off stage. It’s great to be able to work with an international orchestra, but to still have that South African connection with Albert and the music.”

The 28-year-old pianist will perform Rachmaninov’s ‘Piano Concerto No.2’ – one of Prins’s favourite concertos.

The programme will open with South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr’s orchestral work Ingoma, which incorporates versions of traditional Xhosa folksongs. After the Rachmaninov concerto, the concert concludes with Beethoven’s ‘Symphony No.3’ (“Eroica”).

During their tour, the orchestra will present a number of workshops with local music groups. Also, young orchestral musicians from Cape Town and Johannesburg will perform with the orchestra on the tour.

* Performances take place at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, October 11, and the Endler Concert Hall in Stellenbosch on Friday, October 12, (both at 8pm). Tickets are available from Computicket at R160, R120 (pensioners), and R90 (students).