Christopher Duigan

THE hills of Franschhoek will once again be alive with the sound of music as the Marriott Classic Music Festival returns to the scenic village for the 14th time from October 21 to 23 October with an inspiring programme of classical music from South Africa’s foremost musicians, plus acclaimed international artists.

This is the third year that this iconic festival presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival, has been sponsored by Marriott, The Income Specialists. “It is an honour and a pleasure for us to sponsor an event of this calibre which has earned its status as one of the country’s annual cultural highlights,” said Simon Pearse, chief executive of Marriott. “Picturesque and historic Franschhoek brings its own magic to the event with its acclaimed eateries and fine architectural heritage, including the atmospheric Dutch Reformed Church.”

Music lovers will be able to savour the gastronomic delights of the area along with a full and varied programme of classical music concerts.

Five concerts will be performed in all – three in the magnificent Dutch Reformed Church and two at Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine which include a three-course meal.

Outstanding young Cape Town-based musicians Patrick Goodwin (violin) and Reese Barkhuizen (piano) open the festival with three richly hued, expressive and popular sonatas for violin and piano.

Andalucian Nights features original flamenco guitar music from leading flamenco artiste Saudiq Khan and arrangements of flamenco-inspired classics by James Grace in an exciting and energetic collaboration.

Duigan himself, a celebrated concert pianist and Steinway Artist, performs Beethoven’s Moonlight as he continues his ongoing exploration of the composer’s sonatas.

In Candlelight Soiree Duigan will introduce 20 beautiful piano classics in an intimate, candlelit evening at Café Bon Bon.

In the festival finale at Café Bon Bon, the Charl du Plessis Trio make their event début with Baroque swing, featuring Steinway Artist Charl du Plessis on piano, Werner Spies on bass and Peter Auret on drums. - Staff Writer

l For the full festival programme and artist information: Tickets for the three concerts at the NG church can be purchased at the door or at Book for the two concerts at Café Bon Bon: 021 876 3936