Cape Classic 2018 - 1

At 25 May 2018, 7.30 pm, is the first of two Cape Classic concerts in 2018 in Bad Kissingen - Rossini Saal, Germany. The Acelga Wind Quintet plays.

Patron of the concert is Prof. Arnold van Zyl, born in Swellendam (South Africa). He is currently president of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg) in Stuttgart.

Acelga is not only the Spanish term for chard, the nutritious and vitamin-rich vegetable, it is also the name of an equally energetic woodwind quintet. Founded in 2012 by the five young musicians Hanna Mangold (flute), Sebastian Poyault (oboe), Julius Kircher (clarinet), Amanda Kleinbart (horn) and Antonia Zimmermann (bassoon), the group quickly established itself as one of the leading quintets of the younger generation. In 2013, the Acelga Quintet was awarded a scholarship from the German Music Council at the German Music Competition in Stuttgart and was included in the Council’s 58th Young Artists concert series. In the following year, the quintet won third prize in the 2014 ARD Music Competition. The group performs regularly both in Germany and abroad and it has made numerous recordings for well-known broadcasting organisations, such as Bayerischer Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Saarländischer Rundfunk and Deutschland Radio. 

Critics have praised this exceptional ensemble’s unique combination of soloist bravura and chamber music sensitivity: »The musicians communicate between each other with technical brilliance, precision, freshness, passion and a rich palette of colours.« All five players are members of prestigious German orchestras and are also active as soloists. In the quintet, they come together to form a homogeneous group characterised by subtlety of expression, refined ensemble playing, charismatic joy in performing and interpretive authenticity.

The members of Acelga Quintet met while they were playing in prominent youth orchestras and academies, such as the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Orchestra Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. As a quintet, they have developed a broad and varied repertory that includes the classics of the quintet literature, arrangements of well-known compositions and rarely performed works that range from the early classical period up to the 21st century. The group continually explores all the possibilities for dynamic contrast and sound colour inherent in this exciting instrumental combination. »No other ensemble dared to risk so much dramatic vitality and variety of nuance«, wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung after Acelga Quintet’s performance at the prestigious ARD Music Competition.

Donations 2017

A few photos of the handing over of the donations 40.000 + 24.000 Rand) to the Jamestown Sounds Project (Stellenbosch) and the Swellendam Bursary Fund, November 2017

Cape Classic 2017

Treasures from Franconia from Mozart's time

23 September 2017, Bad Kissingen (Germany)


To see the official concert programme please click at the picture

Donations 2016

Photos of the handing over of 30.000 Rand to the Jamestown Sounds Project in Jamestown / Stellenbosch on 2 November 2016

Cape-Classic bis jetzt

Cape Classic: more than 83.000 euro donations for projects for children

Cape Classic 2016

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Fight against the forces of cancer instead of Cape Classic 2016

Instead of organising and performing wonderful concerts of Chamber Music in South Africa in 2016, we need to concentrate all our energy at home in Germany on fighting against the cancer of my husband at the moment and in 2016, unfortunately.

Cape Classic 2015

- Photos of 2015 concerts
- Photos of a school concert by Cape Classic artists in the township Kayamandi (Stellenbosch)
- Interview with Gabi Zahn by Fine Music Radio Cape Town (6 Febr. '15)

Flyer Cape Classic 2015

The Cape Classic programme 2015 in one click

Greeting / topicals from the 2015 programme book
Please click:

Many thanks to our Maezenen:
Dr. Diana Hofmann und Dr. Christian Hofmann;
Dirk und Annelie Puschendorf;
Thomas Moser, who had no chance to attend our concert, unfortunately Maezen

Cape Classic 2014

In 2014 Cape Classic celebrated a special birthday: its tenth anniversary. The festival was from 12 to 22 February

Take a look at a series of photos, made by Trevor Wilkins, of the
first concert at the Residence of the German Ambassador, Cape Town please click
concert at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town Please click
concert at Babylonstoren please click
concert at the Residence of the Italian Ambassador, Cape Town Please click

Donations 2015

The handing over of in total 100.000 Rand for the noted Cape Classical social projects took place in October, this time by Irma Albers:

Photo: Joshua Buhrmann

Donations 2014

Kayamandi, 10.2014

Photos (made by Trevor Wilkins & Ashleigh de Villiers) of the handing over of donations on 23 October 2014 to the
- Jamestown Sounds Project and
- Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust / Kayamandi,
both in Stellenbosch Please click

A photo of the third handing over in 2014, where chairman Basil May received a donation for the Swellendam Bursary Fund:

Gabi Zahn & Basil May

Photos of the handing over of the proceeds of Cape Classic 2013 to the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust Stellenbosch / Kayamandi, 22.11.2013 Please click

The donations from the proceeds of the Cape Classic 2011 and 2012 concerts were presented to:
- the Weber Gedenk Primary School: the "Jamestown Sounds Project", a private initiative by students of the Stellenbosch Conservatory to teach music in this school in the township Jamestown (Stellenbosch),
- the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust (township Kayamandi)

Photos of the handing over of the donations 2011 (10 November 2011) link
Photos of the handing over of the donations 2010 link