Sterkfontein Composers Meeting 2018 (19-24 February): Overview
Participants: Kirsten Adams, Natali Frenz, Arthur Feder, Jesse Dreyer, Peter Ndlala, Lloyd Prince, Galina Juritz, Pierre-Henri Wicomb.
Ensemble: Stockholm Saxophone Quartet (Leif Karlborg, Per Hedlund, Jörgen Pettersson, Matias Karlsen Björnstad, Linn Persson)
Composer Committee: Michael Blake, Paul Hanmer, Andile Khumalo
This year, the Sterkfontein Composers Meeting was almost cancelled due to lack of funding. Thankfully, it was decided to shorten it instead, and present it locally. It was held in Stellenbosch instead of in Sterkfontein. The compositions were submitted to the committee prior to the workshop. Each composer workshopped his/her work with the quartet during the week. Composers had opportunity to have one-on-one sessions with Andile Khumalo, Michael Blake, and Paul Hanmer. At the end of the week, the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet performed all of our work as part of the intense programme of the Purpur Festival of the Transgressive Arts concert.
We also all had an opportunity to present some of our compositional work to the group. The Stockholm Saxophone Quartet also presented some of their favourite repertoire. It was an excellent time of getting to know one another, celebrating one another’s music, and constant learning. The atmosphere was positive and uplifting throughout the week.
On the last day, the day after the Purpur performance, the quartet went to Hout Bay to participate in the Hout Bay Community Music Project for the day. They performed with the children in the evening’s concert.
Overall, everyone involved in SCM 2018 had phenomenal experience. It was such a privilege to spend the week with such a talented and generous group.
There are photos of the event available on the Sterkfontein Composers Meeting Facebook-page.
The recordings of each composition, recorded in the Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch, are accessible through the Sterkfontein Composers Meeting Facebook and - Soundcloud platforms.
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