St George’s Anglican Church in Parktown played host to the regular Rand Club Chamber Music concert while Rand Club is being renovated. Thus it was that I was invited to this concert on 20 November 2015.
The Umoya Wind Ensemble comprises Malane Hofmeyr-Burger on flute, Lesley Stansell (incorrectly spelled on the programme) on oboe, Chrisna Smith on clarinet, Penelope Ives on bassoon and Shannon Armer on French horn.
They played a charming programme of gentle music starting with an arrangement by A Sutherland of Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No 6, a seven movement piece entitled La Cheminee du Roi Rene by Darius Milhaud, an interesting and modern work by Richard Pantcheff entitled Nocturnus III (he has now composed five of these “night” pieces. The one we heard focused on the sounds of the African bush. Richard Pantcheff is a British born composer now living and working in South Africa. He is probably best known for his sacred music, but I love his South African pieces. His love for this country is apparent, and like all South Africans, I warm to people who love South Africa in all her wonderful glory. It was fun trying to identify the different animals (and insects).
Anton Reicha’s music is unknown to me, but his four movement Quintet in E-flat major, Opus 88 Nr 2 charmed me.
The concert officially ended with an American Folk Suite by Kazimierz Machala, but we were given an encore, Bernie Bensons Beating by Eugene Bozza.