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Concert Series

Here are some of the ongoing concert series we have, some of which have been going for as longas 44 years and with a huge variety of different spaces and music styles.

We hope to keep these going for many years to come!

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RMB Starlight Classics

The concert is an extravaganza of music, song and dance that showcases performers from diverse backgrounds, collaborating to create music and magic under the baton of Richard Cock, who has conducted each Starlight Classics concert since the series’ inauguration.

RMB Starlight Classics has over the years played host to leading local and international superstars like Johnny Clegg, Catherine Jenkins, Joshua Bell, Pretty Yende (and her equally talented sister, Nombulelo), Sir James Galway, Vusi Mahlasela, Siyabonga Maqungo, Laurika Rauch, Lira, Riana Nel, Hugh Masekela, the Mzansi Youth Choir, Gloria Bosman, the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir and countless more.

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Baroque in the Bush

Baroque in the Bush is a three-day concert at Shingwedzi in the Kruger National Park, featuring 16 musicians under the direction of South Africa’s maestro Dr Richard Cock. This year marks their 24th year of existence.
 
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Vision

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Last Night of the Proms

A musical extravaganza of popular and well known light classical music. A full orchestra and massed choirs conducted by Richard Cock. 

Orchestra from Scratch

Presented in 2012 for the first time, Orchestra from Scratch was an opportunity for amateur orchestral musicians (with a minimum of Grade 3) to experience playing with others in an orchestral setting. Players receive the music in advance and practice for weeks before coming together for one day of rehearsals and a concert.

Players come from as far afield as Nelspruit and Polokwane to join in this fantastic event. The number of players has ranged from 81, all the way up to 171 and we have had players from the ages of 7 to 87!
 
The musicians are encouraged to participate as much as they can and the emphasis is on the fun of the experience rather than getting everything 100% correct. Corobrik has been the main sponsor of this event from the very beginning, understanding the excellent impact an event such as this has on individuals for experiencing teamwork and togetherness. It is also supported by the Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra.


Click here to watch the Orchestra from Scratch performance from 2021 which was livestreamed.

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Songs of Praise

One of the amazing things about Songs of Praise is that these concerts are entirely adaptable to the local community. As they are held in many different parts of South Africa, no concert is ever the same, and each brings own unique flair. They are a huge hit within their local communities! 

Eldorado Park Community Concerts

The other side of Richard Cøck Music Enterprises, which is community engagement and upliftment through the Apollo Music Trust. The aim of this concert is to bring together twelve primary school choirs from Eldorado Park in order to hold a massed choir and orchestra event in which these children can get together, engage with and be inspired by one another, and learn more about orchestral music and instruments.

This concert will also feature a couple of local artists and bands to give them an opportunity to establish their names within their community. In addition, musical workshops will be held to teach the children about the different instruments of an orchestra, and to show them the music that can be created when they all play together. 

A huge thank you to the Mzansi National Philharmonic Orchestra for their support. It has been a very interesting and rewarding experience, and we will try to keep this concert going as an annual music project at the schools.

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Champagne Classics

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. This takes place at the Champagne Sports Resort in Central Drakensberg.

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Choir Concerts

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Johannesburg International Mozart Festival

The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival has been a celebration of Mozart's birthday each year. It is really a tribute to the genius that Mozart was and the lasting effects that he has had on the music of the world. This festival takes place in the beginning of the year, and uses Mozart as the inspiration for a whole host of different programmes and events which are as delightful as they are varied.

Silver Mountain Music Festival

The Silver Mountain MusicFestival is a celebration of new life, music, nature and country living in the magical Grootvadersbosch Valley, between Heidelberg and Swellendam.​

It celebrates Africa and its remarkable music and natural history, with a tribute to percussion instruments and all they represent for our vibrant continent.

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Hermanus FynArts Festival

The Hermanus FynArts Festival is an exuberant celebration of creativity in all its forms – visual, musical, literary, culinary, performance. There’s a full programme bursting with delights, from theatre and live music in every genre to art exhibitions (including new sculptures added to the Cliff Path), talks, workshops and food and wine experiences.

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Vocal Masterclass & Scholarship Scheme

Every year for the past 17 years the Apollo Music Trust has run a masterclass for talented and promising singers, and as a result of these masterclasses many of those singers have benefitted from a fully funded year of study, or longer, in Germany. We had a very good link with Cologne for many years, and now the link is with the Hochschule in Lübeck. Most of these singers have found positions in Europe or America. 

The final recital is open to the public and ends with a concert, at which the candidates will be showcasing their talents.

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Christmas Concerts

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