STILBAAI offers a lively programme of music, mainly classical, performed by visiting artists from far and wide for local concert-goers once a month.
Mike Steytler, vice chairman of the Stilbaai Music Society, and his wife Louise, the society’s secretary, founded the group about seven years ago.
“It just grew and grew from a decision we made that, being far away from performances, we should bring artists here,” recalls Mike.
“We started with a membership fee of R100 a year, and increased it to R130 for the first time this year. Today we have about 140 members, and we hope that number will grow.”
The 2015 programme, courtesy of Louise Steytler’s blog, is as follows and can change:
Jan 23: Johanni van Oostrum from Holland, soprano, in the NG Church Hall East, starting at 7:30pm
Feb 26: Saxophone quartet, in the NG Church Hall East, starting at 7:30pm
March 30: Nikolaas Kende and Jolente de Maeyer, Begian pianist and violinist, in the NG Church Hall East, starting at 7:30pm
April 25: Bel Canto – 12 operatic singers from Cape Town, in the NG Church Hall East, at 7:30pm
May: Music appreciation: Denis van Rensburg. Details to be announced
June: Camerata Tinta Barocca, baroque ensemble, in the NG Church Hall East, starting at 7:30pm
August: Music appreciation: Johan Radloff. Details to be announced
Sept 14/15: Tygerberg Children’s Choir, in the NG Church Hall East, starting at 7:30pm
October: Morgan Szymanski, Mexican guitarist, in the NG Church Hall East, starting at 7:30pm
November: Annual General Meeting at the Tuin op die Brak.
INVITATION: The Stilbaai Music Society invites artists and performers who are interested in performing in Stilbaai to e-mail email@example.com
REGISTER: To register with the Music Society, please contact PO Box 641, Stilbaai 6674, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership fees R130 a year.
Louise Steytler’s blog, the Stilbaai Musiekvereniging/Music Society, includes the following footnote: The Music Society strives to promote music appreciation in the community – especially for youth and children. Learners from our local schools, the Melkhoutfontein and Bertie Barnard primary schools, are invited to attend the music performances free of charge. The artists are asked to give a short talk on and demonstrate their musical instruments.