EARLY ENGLISH KEYBOARD CONCERTI

Sunday 21 May - 09:30

Dutch Reformed Church, Greyton

R130

Camerata Tinta Barocca presents an exciting programme of some of the earliest English keyboard concerti, offering a special glimpse into the origins of this new genre of the 18th century. Camerata Tinta Barocca plays on period instruments (including a copy of an English spinet from the 1760’s), recreating the sound world of the 18th century. On the programme will be concerti by GF Handel, William Hayes, John Stanley and James Hook, as well as a newly composed concerto, arranged from early English solo keyboard pieces into concerto format by Erik Dippenaar. With Erik Dippenaar (organ, spinet), Annien Shaw and Janna Khweis Thomas (baroque violin), Emile de Roubaix (baroque viola), Cheryl de Havilland (baroque cello) and Uwe Grosser (theorbo).

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ERIK DIPPENAAR
In 2003 Erik Dippenaar obtained the degree BMus (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, and was awarded a MMus (with distinction) by the Royal College of Music in London in 2007. The following year he completed an Artist Diploma in Performance at the Royal College under Jane Chapman (harpsichord) and Geoffrey Govier (fortepiano).  

As a student in South Africa, Erik won most of the important music competitions, including the ABSA National Youth Music Competition (2000), UNISA National Organ Competition (2001), Mabel Quick Bursary Competition (2001), ATKV Musiq Competition (2002), the organ category of Distell Music Competition (2002) and the Unisa Overseas Bursary competition (2003).

From 2005 to 2011 Erik was based in London, where he played in various important early music festivals such as the Greenwich Early Music Festival, the London Handel Festival, the Brighton Early Music Festival and the Trigonale Festival der Alten Musik. His primary activity is chamber music and he has performed regularly with Florilegium, The London Handel Players, l’Avventura London, Amaranthos and Spirituoso.  Erik’s work for Florilegium has led to collaborations with singers such as dame Emma Kirkby, Robin Blaze, Johanette Zomer and Gillian Keith. He also worked with the English Touring Opera, the Little Baroque Company and Ensemble Serse on a regular basis.

While in London, Erik gave regular solo recitals, which included a recital for the British Harpsichord Society, as well as regular broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. In 2010 he made his debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Erik was one of the official accompanists for the annual London Handel Singing Competition, and in March 2008 he was awarded the competition’s Accompanist’s Prize. He won the RCM Early Music Competition twice, and was a member of the group Musici Infaticabili, who won the Broadwood Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition in Fenton House in May 2008. During 2008/2009 Erik was appointed as Mills/Williams Junior Fellow at the RCM, and he taught harpsichord at the Centre for Young Musicians in London.

Erik is currently Artistic Director of the Cape Town-based baroque orchestra Camerata Tinta Barocca, a member of the period ensemble The Cape Consort and a part-time lecturer in music history and historical performance practice at the University of Cape Town. He is now studying towards a PhD in music at UCT, focussing on the role historical domestic keyboard instruments played in the colonisation process in Southern Africa. He has recently been awarded a Research Associateship by the University of Cape Town.

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ANNIEN SHAW

Annien Shaw graduated from Stellenbosch University BMus.Hons having studied with Louis van der Watt and Suzanne Martens in 2003. Subsequently she accepted a position as a member of the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 she toured to Canada and Spain as a member of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra.
 
In 2010 Annien returned to Stellenbosch to lead the Stellenbosch University String Quartet as part of her Masters Degree in Chamber Music. During her term as leader, the quartet undertook two international tours and won the National Ensemble Competition category and overall prizes. In September of 2011 the quartet was awarded prizes in the categories for Best Chamber Music Group and Best Interpretation of a South African composition in the final round of the Musiq National Music Competition.
 
Annien completed her Masters Degree with distinction, while consecutively completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Solo performance (Cum Laude) under Jan Repko from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester UK, as well as a FRSM Diploma from the ABRSM in the same year.

In 2013 Annien acted as a substitute lecturer at Rhodes University and was invited to assist as an apprentice at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in 2013 to 2015. 

Annien is a PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town under the guidance of Prof. Farida Bacharova and Prof. Rebekka Sandmeier. She is a founding member of the Juliet String Quartet (who performed at the 2015 Classics for All festival) , a member of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Tinta Barocca, Cape Consort and teaches at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

CHERYL DE HAVILLAND

Cheryl was born in London and began playing the cello at the age of 8. At 11 she won a bursary to study music at the Royal College of Music.
 Cheryl first came to South Africa for the inauguration of the Pretoria State Opera House, and then to Cape Town as co-principal cellist in the Capab Orchestra. Later she joined the CTSO and CTPO.  She was cellist in the Cape Town String Quartet for many years and plays concerts regularly with the cello sextet, I Grandi Violoncellisti. Cheryl is also an established cello teacher in the Cape.  This is Cheryl’s first performance at the Classics for All festival.

EMILE DE ROUBAIX

Emile de Roubaix had his initial violin training from 1990 - 1998 with Madelein van Rooyen at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. Subsequently he completed the B.Mus and B.Mus.(Hons) degrees (cum laude) in violin performance at the University of Stellenbosch, receiving tuition from Louis van der Watt and Suzanne Martens respectively.  In 2003 he was violinist of Trio Stellenbosch, who represented Stellenbosch University at the 30th International Week of the Universität für Darstellende Kunst und Musik in Graz, Austria.  After this Emile decided to focus his attention on the viola, having discovered a love for the instrument during his time in Stellenbosch.  

From 2005 – 2007 he completed his M.Mus in viola performance (cum laude) with Predrag Katanic at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, while also receiving baroque viola tuition from Annette Isserlis.  He was awarded the RNCM Thomas Barratt viola prize, and was violist for the groups that received the 2006 & 2007 Granada Prize for mixed chamber music ensembles.

Subsequently he freelanced with various professional orchestras such as the Hallé, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The English Concert, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Glyndebourne Touring Opera.   He also worked extensively in Norway, with Bodø Sinfonietta, Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and toured Northern Norway with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.

Emile was a member of the viola faculty of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival from 2012 – 2015.  In 2016 he gave the world premiere of the David Earl viola concerto with the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra.  He currently teaches part-time at Stellenbosch University, freelances professionally in and around Cape Town, and is also violist of the Juliet String Quartet.  

JANNA KHWEIS THOMAS

Janna is a Cape Town based musician who frequently performs with various local ensembles on violin, baroque violin, and viola. She completed her MMus degree (Cum Laude) at Stellenbosch University in 2015 specializing in Chamber Music under the tutelage of Suzanne Martens and has attended festivals such as the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF), Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA 2013), and the Santa Catarina Festival of Music in Brazil (FEMUSC 2014) as both violist and leader of various string quartets.  

In addition to performing with Classical and Baroque ensembles, she also enjoys collaborating with local artists across various genres and is passionate about music education and actively involved in Community Music initiatives and projects throughout the Cape.

UWE GROSSER
Uwe studied classical guitar and Bavarian folk music under Prof. Joseph Hornsteiner at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. He continued his studies with Prof. Dieter Kirsch in Würzburg, changing to the various instruments of the lute family and obtaining a performance degree from the Musikhochschule in Würzburg.

Since studying historical lute building with Robert Lundberg, Uwe has built not only the set of lute instruments on which he performs, but also accepts the occasional commission.  He has played basso continuo in period performances of various opera productions at the Bayereische Staatsoper in Munich, the Staatstheater Stuttgart and the opera in Nuremburg. Besides playing in a variety of German period instrument groups as a guest, he is also founding member of the ensembles Seven Tears and così facciamo.  

Over the last 15 years Uwe has forged strong musical ties with South Africa.  He has performed as soloist at various venues and festivals, as well as with Ensemble Refugium, the Cape Consort, Cape Town Opera, Camerata Tinta Barocca and Dizu Kuduhorn Band.