Sunday 26 May, 09:30 — Dutch Reformed Church, Greyton



Camerata Tinta Barocca presents ‘Of Plants and Animals: Baroque music inspired by nature’, a programme of baroque music inspired by various aspects of nature, including a celebration of the arrival of spring, birdsong imitations, an ode to a tree, a yearning for the simplicity of a pastoral lifestyle and a description of one of the biblical plaques. The programme includes music by Rameau, Handel, Arne, Morley, Hotteterre and others and will be performed by members of Camerata Tinta Barocca on period instruments. With Elsabé Richter (soprano), Bridget Rennie-Salonen (baroque flute), Cheryl de Havilland (baroque cello) and Erik Dippenaar (spinet, director). Artists’ biographies below

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Bridget Rennie-Salonen is active as a solo, chamber and principal orchestral flautist, and has appeared as soloist with several South African orchestras. As the Solo Principal Flute of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, she was the recipient of the prestigious Ben & Faye Carklin Award for Artistic Excellence. Recent awards include Fiesta, Silver Ovation, and Oppenheimer Memorial Trust awards. Bridget is the principal flute of the Cape Town Festival Orchestra, permanent guest principal with the Free State Symphony Orchestra, and Baroque traverso flautist with the Camerata Tinta Barocca. Bridget lectures at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. She is highly sought after as a flute teacher, and many of her students have excelled in national competitions and in their overseas studies, won scholarships for study in Europe, the UK, and the USA, and now teach and perform, several occupying positions in South African orchestras. As both a practitioner and researcher in performing arts health, she is a licensed Andover Educator, and her PhD focused on tertiary musicians’ occupational health education. She is chair of the steering committee of the newly-formed South African Performing Arts Health Association (SAPAHA) and is part of a Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) international collaborative study designing curricula for tertiary musicians’ health education.


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.


 Elsabé Richter is a South African Soprano bearing an M.Mus. degree in Vocal Performance from the North-West University, where she studied under renowned baritone Werner Nel. During her studies she was awarded several prizes and bursaries, most notably a Norwegian scholarship for a year’s academic study in Oslo as part of her M.Mus degree. Here she studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music under the guidance of tenor Svein Bjørkøy, baritone Håkan Hagegård and soprano Mona Julsrud. She has received masterclasses from various singers and musicians including Kobie van Rensburg, Marcel Beekman, Maarten Koningsberger, Albie and Hanna van Schalkwyk, Mimi Coertse, Erica Eloff, Eric Müller, Patricia Misslin, Paul Kiesgen and Lawrence Zazzo. 

Her repertoire encompasses a wide range of early music, art songs and opera as well as oratorio and other sacred works. Prominent operatic roles include Susanna (in Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’); Galatea (in Handel’s ‘Acis and Galatea’), Belinda in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’. Most recently she took to the stage in ‘Lamento’ – a pastiche Monteverdi opera arranged by Kobie van Rensburg; featured on the January 2017 Front page of Opern Welt Magazine and nominated for the 2017 YAMawards.

Her sacred repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s Passions, Motets, Christmas Oratorio and several cantatas, Keiser’s St. Mark’s Passion, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, as well as Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Regina Coeli (K127) and several of his masses, including the Coronation Mass. Elsabé was nominated for a 2017 kykNET Fiësta Award together with Camerata Tinta Barocca for their Art Festival programme titled ‘Handel in die Voorkamer’, as well as for a 2017 WOORDtroFEE as part of the Cape Town Camerata’s production ‘Palissandertaal’.

Elsabé currently resides in Paarl and teaches singing on a freelance basis. She regularly performs as soloist and with various ensembles including Camerata Tinta Barocca, the Cape Consort, the Cape Soloists Choir, the Cape Town Camerata and Baroque2000.


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 studying under Margaret Phillips (organ) and Robert Woolley (harpsichord). 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 Londen, 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, with Florilegium, 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, Artistic Director of the annual Cape Town Baroque Festival, and a part-time lecturer in Western 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.