Richmond House was again full-to-overflowing for the 47th Classic at the Castle on Sunday as the ensemble Quintessence performed their programme of 19th and 20th-century works.
The quintet is a collaboration between three Polish musicians and two South Africans. Free State cellist Professor Anmari van der Westhuizen is leader of the acclaimed Odeion String Quartet and David Bester, violin lecturer from Nelson Mandela University, is concertmaster of the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Two young talents from Warsaw in Poland, brothers Dariusz Dinh Thieu Quang and Piotr Thieu Quang from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music played wind instruments and the varied and vibrant programme was accompanied by pianist Joanna Wicherek who has spent years teaching and performing in the Eastern Cape but is now based in Switzerland.
For more on this review see this week’s Talk of the Town.