Music revival in Franschhoek

Members of the Juliet String Quartet: Emile de Roubaix, Babette Roosenschoon and Annien Shaw.

For the past 15 years, Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music fans with performances by the best musicians in the country, and this year’s Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek – which runs from Friday October 27 to Sunday October 29 –
continues that tradition of excellence.

Says festival producer, Duigan: “We strive to include a range of musical styles and genres in the concerts but always with the emphasis on happy working relationships; where the friendship off the stage leads to great enthusiasm, brought together by mutual love of music, onstage.”

The festival gets underway with the Juliet String Quartet and Justin Carter on clarinet, at 7.30pm, at the Dutch Reformed Church.

Other performances include international jazz pianist, Darius Brubeck, in a rare offering of solo piano music; and Duigan, who will play classical and popular solos, improvisations and original material, off-setting Brubeck’s jazz offerings.

The programme includes a new selection of Franco-Polish composer Chopin’s piano-dominated output, including rustic Polish mazurkas, glittering French waltzes, rhapsodic tales in Ballade and Barcarolle and a set of spell-binding piano etudes.

Tickets for the three church concerts are R120, and can be booked online at, Pick * Pay, and at the door.

There will also be the dinner and lunch concerts at La Petite Dauphine and Café Bon Bon.

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