Four Seasons Vivaldi HESSEQUA HARMONY

The programme for the upcoming Harmony Classical Music Festival presented by festival director, Niël Rademan, in the picturesque town of Heidelberg (Western Cape), between 25-30 September promises to open a new world of music, words, and pictures.

Hessequa Harmony will showcase a group of formidable and renowned artists performing music and exhibiting arts and crafts in this small but artistic haven of Heidelberg. Something Heidelberg has never experienced before. Seven performances, 16 musicians and singers, an actress who is also a producer, and a raconteur, actor, and director of plays (both award winners) in 5 days . . .

The details of these events will soon be announced in media associate, Hessequa News’ following editions (31/08 and 14/09). Be sure to miss all the exciting news.

In the previous editions of Hessequa News (20/07 and 03/08), we wrote an overview on the events to be presented as well as the performance at Gala Concert (Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor On 30 (arranged for two pianos) on 26/09/2018.

Today we would like to introduce readers to the performance on Thursday, 27 September at 20:00 in the City Hall – R150pp.

Vivaldi 4 Seasons:

World Café – Petrus de Beer (Violin), Stanislav Angelov (Accordion) and Schalk Joubert (Bass Guitar)


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is probably one of the best-loved Classical masterpieces of all time. Enjoyed by old and young across the whole spectrum of music lovers.

The original score was written for a string orchestra, church organ, and violin soloist. These days the organ is replaced mostly by a harpsichord.

Because of the size of this instrumentation, it is very difficult for people to hear it on their doorstep since an orchestra is a costly affair.

This group of 4 violin concerti was composed in 1723 and published in 1725 in Amsterdam. It is to this day one of Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous works. He wrote poems to express the meaning of the music in which he tries to portray his experiences of each of the 4 seasons of the year. This is one of the earliest examples of program music – which in essence, is music with a narrative element. With this rendition of Four Seasons, listeners hear the familiar piece of music in a format not heard before in South Africa. Picture these various violin parts performed with 3 instruments only – a violin, an accordion, and a bass guitar.

The Afrikaans translation from Italian was done by Dr. Dawid de Villiers.

Petrus de Beer is a classically trained violinist (Mmus RSAMD) who resides in Paarl. He performs regularly with various artists in various genres. He is a member of the acclaimed Cape Town Tango Ensemble and works frequently with his colleague Stanislav Angelov in a variety of styles. Recently he launched a collaboration with guitarist Albert Frost, exploring the world of Blues. De Beer has made recordings with artists like David Kramer& Zanne Stapelberg to name but a few.

Stanislav Angelov Classical Accordionist was born and educated in Bulgaria with Conservatory degree in Accordion before he came and settled in Cape Town in 1992.  Since then he has appeared on CDs of many South African artists like Valiant Swart, Koos Kombuis, Daniel Pascal and many more. He has released 3 CD’s with his Cape Town Tango Ensemble with one SAMA nomination, as well as another 2 CDs with other projects.  In 2003 he appeared at the first 46664 Nelson Mandela Concert at old Green Point Stadium in a song together with Brian May, Rodger Taylor (from Queen) & Dave Stewart (from The Eurythmics) and in another song accompanying Bob Geldof. He performed Piazzolla Accordion Concerto with CPO in 2004 and with ECPO in 2012. His repertoire is as versatile as his instrument, ranging from Classical to Jazz, to Tango, to French Cafe, Balkan etc.

Schalk Joubert is a truly seasoned musician who has been working as a solo artist, freelance bass player, composer, arranger, producer and musical director with some of the most popular and revered artists in the South African music industry. He is the product of his mixed cultural heritage and his biggest influences are the traditional music of South Africa, rhythms of West Africa, the harmony of Europe and the great variety of pop, rock and jazz music he grew up listening to. Over the last ten years, he has performed extensively in the USA, Europe, Australia, Malaysia, the UK, and New Zealand, both as a bandleader as well as a freelance bassist. 

In October 2016, World Café was invited at Cape Town SABC studios to record this show for the festival on air for RSG and this was for first time broadcasted with great success in November 2016.

This led to the release of this show on a CD.

During their sold-out performances at Woordfees in Stellenbosch one of their shows was recorded live by a Kyk-Net crew and broadcasted recently on Kyk-Net.

Bookings and information: or 071 091 3510.

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