Music lovers in Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Pringle Bay and Rooiels have something to look forward to. Eight locals recently got their heads together and decided that if they wanted to have regular access to world-class classical music, they should do something about it. Although they appreciate the excellent music programme offered by OAK (Overstrand Arts/Kunste) in Hermanus, it is a long way for some of the villagers, especially the elderly, to travel.

Members of the Fine Music steering committee: From right Dr Mike Burns, Morné Lloyd of Bistro 365, cellist Barbara Kennedy, and André and Sybil Reyneke. PHOTO: Elaine Davie

Without further ado, they formed a steering committee to launch the Fine Music Initiative and are already organising their first concert at Bistro 365, Pringle Bay. Guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of wine to set the tone, followed by a 40-minute concert and ending with a light supper. The soirée has been a popular vehicle for sharing a love of music for centuries, giving the audience the opportunity to enjoy the music and then have a pleasant evening comparing notes and socialising.

The organisers, some of whom are musicians and music teachers themselves, are confident that they will be able to organise monthly performances by top quality local and international musicians and that they will receive strong support from residents of the four villages, as well as visitors.

The first concert will take place on Sunday 8 March at 16:30 for 17:00 at Bistro 365. It will feature a trio of Stellenbosch musicians: Zoë Coetzee (violin), Estelle Kemp (cello) and Alexandra Beaven (piano). Tickets at R150 can be reserved by calling the restaurant at 028 273 8931. As the venue can accommodate only about 60 concert-goers, snoozers could lose.

Please also diarise the next concert on Sunday 29 March, featuring Austrian cellist, Erich Oskar Huetter and local musician, Barbara Kennedy, together with two surprise guest performers.

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