Friday 19 May - 15:00
Moravian Church, Bereaville
A workshop for young students in brass music, and in particular for members of the Overberg Brass Band Development Initiative (OKOSI PROJECT) – the corporate social initiative of the Classics for All festival – presented by principal players of the South African National Youth Orchestra, Shaun Acker (Alto Saxophone), Andrea Fisher-Jeffes (Euphonium ) and Zhaun Gorridon (Tuba). The Okosi Project will be invited to perform with Phax Trio in a concert after the workshop, at 17.30 in the same venue. Festival-goers are welcome to attend this workshop free of charge, and then stay on for the performance.
PHAX TRIO, a powerful wind triumvirate – Eu(PH)onium, S(AX)ophone and Tubawas formed by the alumni principal players of the South African National Youth Orchestra: Shaun Acker (Alto Saxophone), Andrea Fisher-Jeffes (Euphonium ) and Zhaun Gorridon (Tuba). The Phax trio has dedicated themselves to composing, and performing, their own high proficiency contemporary classical music on instruments that are often boxed in by musical stereotype. Their classical program for the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All Festival will include works by Bizet, Street, Chase, Handel, Monti as well as featuring new works by the creative team of Acker, Gorridon and Fisher-Jeffes.
Shaun Acker graduated from Rhodes University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Saxophone performance and composition. He has composed extensively for South African contemporary dance and theatre, with companies such as First Physical and the late acclaimed playwright Reza de Wet. Shaun has performed twice with the South African National Youth Orchestra (2006 and 2011) as principal alto saxophonist, and has also appeared at numerous jazz festivals alongside international stars such as The Beauna Vista Social Club. Recently, he performed various instruments (Sax, flute, clarinet, piano and percussion) in Kardiavale, a cabaret-noir by visual theatre company FTH:K. Shaun lives in Cape Town and freelances as a saxophonist,
Andrea Fisher-Jeffes is a brass performer, music educator and music administrator. She was a finalist in the Lubner music competition and was awarded the Lubner MAID music scholarship to study music. She studied at Rhodes University and the University of the Free State, under Prof David Scarr and Dr Paul Loeb van Zuilenberg. She graduated in 2010 with a Masters in Music majoring in Euphonium performance, Brass pedagogy and Composition. Andrea has performed with the Cape Town Concert Brass, KZNPO, FSSO, ECPO, CPO, Rhodes University Big Band and Rhodes University Orchestra. She is a South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation alumni, having performed as both the principal euphonium player in their Wind Orchestra, and principal trombone player in the South African National Youth Orchestra. She is also one of the original members of the South African National Youth Brass Ensemble. Internationally, Andrea has held positions with the Bern Youth Orchestra in Switzerland on principal Trombone, and has conducted the Zimbabwean National Musicamp Wind Band. She attended the International Euphonium Tuba Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 2014 and was accepted to attend the International Music Festival in Pelotas, Brazil in January 2015. Andrea is one of the founders of The Phax Trio and Proboscis. Both these ensembles are dedicated to presenting a new contemporary style of music. All compositions are original works and are inspired by the composers’ life stories. Andrea founded the My Claremont Music Collective which is a concert series boasting some of Cape Town’s best musical performers. She is also an active performer in the Key Change MusicCo who perform all over South Africa. She is based in Cape Town, South Africa, and teaches at Western Province Preparatory School. She does regular performances as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and band musician.
Zhaun is the youngest member of the Phax Trio and is currently studying at the South African College of Music. He is majoring in tuba performance under Prof. William Haubrich. He performs in the UCT Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band, under the direction of Alex Fokkens. Zhaun has performed with both the CPO and KZNPO and does regular performances with, and is an alumnus of, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He has sat principal for both the South African National Youth Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. He is also a member of the National Youth Brass which is part of the SANYOF What it takes programme. Zhaun has attended the International Chamber Music Festival, held in Stellenbosch, and was selected to play for the Symphony Orchestra. He is based in Cape Town and began his tuba studies at Beau Soleil Music school. He is active in the Christmas bands and regularly performs with them in and around Cape Town.