WHERE Wonderful landscapes, breathtaking views over mountains and bizarre rock formations, endless vineyards, valleys and bays stretching to the Cape of Good Hope. Unique beauty! This idyll unites nature and man. Additionally, the intimate nature of the unique chamber music festival, with its international artists, guarantees every evening that the audience may indulge themselves in music, lost in their own thoughts, happy and content with the world.
WHY The love of classical music and enthusiasm for South Africa were Gabi Zahn´s motivation to found, ten years ago, a chamber music festival in the wine lands of the Western Cape. The base of these festivals are compositions of the baroque, the classical and the romantic eras and often rarities by unknown and forgotten composers of the same periods. Here, you will not find everyday programmes.
WHAT The intention was to use the surplus of the ticket sales in order to assist selected social projects which support township children. Since 2005 the not-for-profit Cape Classic e.V. has donated nearly EUR 60000 to various projects for underprivileged children (e.g. Cape Classic has paid school fees for orphans, for school uniforms, literacy lessons, study fees for highly talented students and much more). At the moment Cape Classic is planning to build a crèche in a township in Swellendam.
WHO Famous instrumentalists who performed for Cape Classic were Daniel Müller-Schott (violoncello) and Igor Levit (piano), to name just two of the approximately ninety musicians who came to South Africa. Jochen Kupfer (baritone), Tobias Bernd (baritone), Franziska Gottwald (alto) and Katja Stuber (soprano) supported, amongst others, the festival as singers. All artists forewent a performance fee and whoever volunteered to work for Cape Classic did so without remuneration. Only so were we able to generate a surplus for our charitable donations.
WE Cape Classic, consciously and with enjoyment, practises an active cultural exchange. In picturesque surroundings, our audiences meet our excellent and international renowned artists. At the same time we build human and cultural bridges through our master classes with students from South Africa and through our school concerts with the pupils of Kayamandi, a township in Stellenbosch.
WOW! Amidst lively vineyard idylls with their welcoming Cape Dutch homesteads, historical wine estates and impressive manor houses, the usual hype of an international festival is missing. Most of our concerts take place around Stellenbosch, which delights with its dynamic university, as well with its distinctive identity. Following personal invitations from the German and the Italian ambassadors, Cape Classic has also offered concerts in both residences in Cape Town over the last two years. Excellent chamber music at the foot of Table Mountain highlights of the festival!