Dedicated to the overflowing musical potential of South Africa, and to inspiring future generations to carry it forward.
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2024 marks the centenary of the death of Charles Villiers Stanford, who was one of the reformers of English Church Music at the end of the 19th century. This Evensong, which is open to all and free of charge, is one of four events during the year marking this centenary.
Do come and enjoy an hour of reflection and some of the glories of the English Church Music of that period. I will be conducting a volunteer choir, and Hannes Ebersohn will be the organist.
Join us at 6pm on the 3rd of March in the beautiful Herbert Baker building on Sherbourne Road in Parktown. There is no need to book.
RMB Starlight Classics
This has always been an event of spectacular proportions - a testament to the talent and brilliance of South African artists - and if you have not yet been, I highly encourage you to come! The artists performing at are as follows:
Goitsemang Lehobye – Internationally celebrated classical SA soprano Lunga Hallam – Internationally acclaimed SA Tenor
Zolani Mahola – ‘The One Who Sings’ - SA singer, actress, storyteller Goodluck –SA’s chart-topping, electronic music band
Jo Black – Inspirational Afrikaans singer-songwriter
Jimmy Nevis – Versatile, urban R&B pop artist
Gerhard Joubert –young virtuoso pianist
Cape Town Opera Chorus -SA’s premier opera company chorus
Where: Vergelegen Wine Estate
When: 1 & 2 March, 19:00
Last Night of the Proms
Don't miss out on this musical extravaganza of popular and well known light classical music. A full orchestra and massed choirs conducted by myself, and featuring the flamboyant pianist Rocco De Villiers in Roccover Beethoven.
Where: Cape Town City Hall
When: 16 & 17 March, 19:00pm
This concert is SOLD OUT!
Handel's magnificent Messiah performed by the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the Phoenix Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Richard Cock on Good Friday.
Where: Linder Auditorium
When: 29 March, 18:00pm
Schumann & Beethoven Recital
Here is a unique opportunity to hear one of South Africa's leading tenors - Siyabonga Maqungo, singing Dichterliebe by Robert Schumann and An die ferne Geliebte by Beethoven. Song recitals are rare enough in South Africa and with a tenor of this calibre and a specialist accompanist in Florian Uhlig, professor of piano at Lübeck Hochschule, this promises to be a concert of rare distinction. Siyabonga is one of the soloists of the Stadtsoper in Berlin and is fast making a name for himself as the leader in his field in Germany. We are very lucky to hear him in South Africa and he will be doing only one performance of this in Johannesburg. Book now to avoid disappointment. The seating is not pre-assigned. It is general seating.
This Concert is presented in collaboration with the Chamber Music Collective.
Where: Linder Auditorium
When: 7 April, 15:00pm
Join Monty Brett and Richard Cock for a three-night weekend of sublime music by the Classical Masters, including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert, amongst others. Our 24 musicians are drawn from the Joburg Festival Orchestra and will be conducted by Richard Cock. In his usual inimitable way, Richard will also be sharing with you some fascinating details and stories of the composers and their music.
Where: Champagne Sports Resort, Central Drakensberg
When: 2 - 5 May
Contact Kim to secure your spot at email@example.com or 082 824 9378
Richard Cock Music Enterprises
Richard Cock Music Enterprises is an umbrella body covering a multitude of activities connected by music. Richard Cock is first and foremost a musician and conductor who conducts throughout South Africa and its adjacent territories and further afield. He is equally at home in the concert hall working with leading soloists like Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrel, Julian Lloyd Webber or Pavarotti to conducting open air spectacular concerts like Starlight Classics or interactive concerts where his audience-friendly presentation wins converts to music. Many people feel he has done more than anyone in South Africa to popularize classical music and he is always looking for new and innovative ways to bring music to new audiences. He is also active in choral music - often in small towns building up community activities through music, or leading team building exercises for large corporates to big choral works with full orchestra.
Apollo Music Trust
The Apollo Music Trust was founded in 1981 by Richard Cock and Nick Lewis as a platform for South African performers and as a vehicle to provide financial aid to students pursuing tertiary level music studies. There have been dozens of beneficiaries, many of whom have gone on to extremely successful performing or teaching careers. Another important aspect of the Trust's work is educational concerts, many of which are given each year in venues as far afield as Limpopo and Heidelberg in the Western Cape.
Who is Richard Cock?
Richard was born in Port Elizabeth and educated at Woodridge Preparatory School and the Diocesan College, Cape Town. He pursued his musical studies at the Cape Town College of Music, where he graduated in 1971. In 1972, he won a scholarship to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), where he was awarded several prizes and diplomas. In 1978 he became Director of Music at the Cathedral Choir School and assistant organist at Chichester Cathedral. During his years in England he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. After his return to South Africa in 1980, Richard breathed new life into the National Symphony Orchestra as Music Director from 1991.
However, it is as a choral trainer and conductor that he is best known. He was organist and director of music at St Mary’s Cathedral for 12 years and was elected a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music for his services to church music in South Africa. He founded the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the internationally recognized Chanticleer Singers in 1980. In 1999, Richard left the orchestra to pursue a freelance career and to stimulate music activities throughout South Africa. As a conductor, he is in much demand countrywide.
In May 2000, he received an Honorary Doctorate in music from Rhodes University. In 2012 he received a Parnassus Award from Stellenbosch University and in 2013 a special award from the ATKV for his 30 years’ dedication to spreading the love of music in South Africa. In November 2014 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts & Culture Trust, and in March 2020 he was awarded the Robert Grey Medal from Bishops College for distinguished achievements by an Old Diocesan, as well as a Luminary award from Michaelhouse in recognition of his contributions to the development and promotion of South African music and artists.
He is chairman of the Apollo Music Trust, and, together with Florian Uhlig, he directs the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival which is held every January.
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