Baroque 2000 celebrate 20 years of making music in KZN


Baroque 2000.

BAROQUE 2000 is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a concert in the Victoria Hall at Maritzburg College at 7.30 pm on Saturday, October 7, writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

The Baroque 2000 in their 20th Year concert is part of a new Spring Festival, hosted by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival, which runs at different venues in the city from Friday, October 6 to Friday, October 13. Continue reading

Fabulous new festival to celebrate 20 years of Music Revival in ‘Maritzburg

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Christopher Duigan.

FOR the past 20 years Music Revival has been bringing the best classical performers to Pietermaritzburg – and to celebrate this special anniversary its founder, pianist, Christopher Duigan, is hosting a special Spring Festival in the city., writes ESTELLE SINKINS.

Running from Friday, October 6 to Friday, October 13 at different venues, the festival represents a flavour of all he has tried to achieve with his concert series over the past two decades. Continue reading

Violinist Joanna Frankel to perform with Baroque 2000 in Mariannhill


Joanna Frankel. Photo: Supplied

JOANNA Frankel, formerly concertmaster of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform with  Baroque 2000 at their September 3 concert at the Church of the Monastery, Mariannhill.

Frankel, now concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, is the soloist in Locatelli’s Violin Concerto Op3 No 12, known as the ‘Harmonic Labyrinth’.

The programme, which starts at 11.30 am, includes another two works by the same composer: the Concerto a 4 “Il pianto d’Arianna” Op7 No6 and his Introduzione Op4 Nno1, and Castrucci’s Concerto Grosso Op3 No.6.
Tickets are R150 at the door, parking is safe and free, and the Monastery tea garden will be open.  For more information phone Michel at 082 303 5241 or email

David Snaith to perform Telemann Viola Concerto at Baroque 2000 concert

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Baroque 2000, who have just returned from giving four performances as the resident orchestra at the 2017 Harare International Festival of the Arts, will present a concert at the Mariannhill Monastery, near Pinetown, at 11.30 am on Sunday, May 7.

The programme will include David Snaith as the soloist in Telemann’s Viola Concerto in G, Telemann’s picturesque burlesque suite, Don Quixote, Biber’s Batallia, depicting various militaristic scenes, and Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op 6 No1.

Tickets are R150 at the door. The Monastery tea garden will be open, and parking is free and safe. For more information email or phone Michel at 082 303 5241.

Baroque 2000 to perform programme of Italian music at the Church of the Monastery, Mariannhill


Cecilia di Cecco (cello) and Evelien Ballantine (flute).

Baroque 2000 will perform a programme of Italian music, featuring the flute and four solo violins, at the Church of the Monastery, Mariannhill, at 11.30 am on Sunday, August 28.

Guest artist, Evelien Ballantine, is the soloist in Francesco Mancini’s Sonata in D minor, and in  Allesandro Scarlatti’s Sonata no 9 in A minor, both for flute and strings.

The other works are Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto RV 234, L’Inquietudine, (Anxiety) (soloist Ralitza Macheva), Giuseppe Valentini’s Concerto for four violins, and Francesco Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso op 3 no 1 in D.

Tickets are R140 at the door and the Monastery tea garden will be open before and after the concert. There is free and safe parking.

For more information please contact Michel on 082 303 5241 or email

Handel’s Water Music to be performed by Baroque 2000


Sorin Osorhean (horn), Jonas Brolin (trumpet), Ralitza Macheva (concertmaster), Michel Scheuwly (trumpet), Lubo Minkov, (bassoon), Marian van Duyker (horn) and Magrit Mutsaerts (oboe) from Baroque 2000.

Baroque 2000’s new season begins on Sunday, April 10 at the church of the Monastery Mariannhill and features excerpts from suites one and two of Handel’s celebrated Water Music.  Please note that the time is 11 am and not as on the street posters.

Handel’s great work, for strings, oboes, trumpets, horns, bassoon and strings was first performed 299 years ago by musicians on a barge on the River Thames for King George the First, who with his entourage was carried downstream alongside on his own boat.

Also on the programme are the same composer’s Concerto Grosso op 6 no 8, and  Vivaldi’s Concerto ‘per molti instrumenti’, RV 574,  a high spirited work scored for strings, oboes and horns.

Tickets are R140 and subscriptions for the eight concert season are available, offering reserved seats and queue-free entry. There is plenty of free and safe parking. Inquiries to Michel, at 082 303 5241 or email

Baroque 2000 hosts soprano Bronwen Forbay

Baroque 2000’s concert on Sunday, June 28 at 3 pm at the Church of the Monastery Mariannhill features Durban-born soprano Bronwen Forbay.

Forbay has won numerous international awards and prizes and now lives in the United States where she has a busy performing schedule. Opera magazine (UK) called her a ‘revelation… in ravishing voice, and showing singing of great subtlety, nuance and depth.’

In her collaboration with Baroque 2000 she will be soloist in Bach’s Cantata Non sa che sia dolore, BWV 209 for soprano, flute and strings. There are two other items on the programme: Handel’s Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 12 and Telemann’s “La Lyra” Suite.

Tickets will be R120 at the door; parking is ample and secure. For more information phone Michel at 082 303 5241 or email

Boris Kerimov (cello), David Smith (harpsichord), Bronwen Forbay (soprano), Evelien Hagen (flute) and Ralitza Matcheva (concertmaster)

Boris Kerimov (cello), David Smith (harpsichord), Bronwen Forbay (soprano), Evelien Hagen (flute) and Ralitza Matcheva (concertmaster)