Upcoming Event

poster 2000The Music of Grant McLachlan

60th Birthday Celebration

Join me for an unforgettable concert on 1st of October 2016

Baxter Concert Hall, 20:15, Rondebosch, Cape Town

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This concert is in aid of the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshop.

Event Information

Grant McLachlan is an award-winning composer of music for film and documentaries, and is well-known amongst choral circles for the Christmas carol “Come, Colours Rise”, and for the soundtracks of “City Slickers”, `The Jammed”, and “Faith Like Potatoes”. The concert celebrates forty years of music by Grant McLachlan, performed by several of Cape Town`s best known musicians, including Leon Bosch, Peter Martens, Suzanne Martens, Karin Gaertner, Albie van Schalkwyk, Barbara Kennedy, Tertia Visser-Downie, Cheryl de Havilland, Bridget Salonen, Lucia Di Blasio Scott, and the Herschel Chorale, trained by Margie Barlow.

Tonight`s concert includes the premiere of Grant McLachlan`s Sonatina for double bass commissioned by Leon Bosch, a selection of his music from the last 40 years, as well as a selection from Bach`s “Art Of Fugue”. The centrepiece of the concert is the piano quintet “Oesterwal Landscape” which was commissioned in 1992 by the Music Group Of Manchester, of which Bosch is a member. The concert concludes with the ever popular carol “Come, Colours Rise”.

A portion of tonight`s profits will go towards a bursary fund to enable worthy students to attend the Franschhoek Chamber Music Workshop. The workshop is in its 27th year, and offers musically gifted young people a week of intensive training in chamber music.


Recent Events

August 2016

Music from the Movies:

The Choirs and Orchestras of Rustenburg, Westerford and Bishops put on a spectacular concert of ‘Music from the Movies’ on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th August. An orchestra of 100 and a choir of 300 performed the music soundtrack for “Ocean Voyagers” live to picture, conducted by the composer. The spectacular film, produced in 2006 by Feodor Pitcairn productions, and directed by Joe Kennedy, follows the journey of a baby humpback whale and its 40 tonne mother. The story is narrated by Meryl Streep.

In December 2007 this film was screened to the accompaniment of the Royal Philharmonic orchestra in London’s Cadogan Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Animal planet.


February 2015

Darius and the Den:

With lyrics by Adrian Arnold and music by Grant McLachlan, this piece was originally composed for a school production at the Predbendal School in Chichester in 1979. The work was re-orchestrated for full orchestra and performed at the Baxter Concert Hall by the Symphony choir of Cape Town conducted by Alex Fokkens.