Festival of Music set for St Paul’s

ST PAUL’S Anglican Church is pleased to again welcome Rev Dr Noël-Jean Creille and Daniel Brodie to give two recitals at the church’s Festival of Music over the weekend of April 22 and 23.

CELEBRATING THE CLASSICS: Organist Dr Noël-Jean Creille and clarinet and flute player Daniel Brodie last performed at the Festival of Music at St Paul’s Anglican Church in 2015 Picture: JON HOUZET

Audience members who came to hear them on their last visit in 2015 will recall what a great team these two musicians make and how enjoyable their recitals were.

Creille, who is now based in Graaff-Reinet and is the incumbent organist at the Nuwe Kerk there, still gives regular recitals in the evenings to locals and visitors to the town. He was well known as the organist at the DR Church in Calitzdorp where he was organist for over ten years and gave a recital most evenings on the church’s fine 100-year-old organ. He has travelled extensively both in South Africa and in Europe giving many recitals over the years.

St Paul’s is the first stop on his 2017 SA Tour. After Port Alfred he will give recitals in various churches in the Western Cape. Later in the year he will be playing in Germany, England, Scotland and Italy.

Brodie, a Grade 11 pupil at Stirling High School in East London lives for his music, spending many hours each day at his piano. He recently was awarded his Licentiate in Piano Performance from Trinity College, London. Last year Brodie was one of the ten top pianists in the country to be selected for the prestigious Hennie Joubert National Piano Competition where he was a semi-finalist. He has also been awarded trophies at the East London Music Eisteddfod for the Most Outstanding Pianist three times and the Most Promising Pianist once.

As well as playing the piano Brodie plays the flute and clarinet and has been principal flautist in the East London Wind Orchestra for the past two seasons and played clarinet last year. This is considered quite an achievement for a 17-year-old.

The music for Saturday and Sunday includes works by Beethoven, Buxtehude, Händel, Chopin, Grieg, Haydn, Mozart and others and the two programmes will be different.

These two top class musicians together are expected to provide with two great recitals of classic and contemporary music. Tickets, which include refreshments after the recitals, are available from KNA at R90.

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