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Cape Classic Musical Festival – 15 February to 25 February

January 6, 2012

Cape Classic is a chamber music festival held annually in the Western Cape province of South Africa. All the concerts are benefit concerts, with proceeds being donated to non-profit organisations supporting local social and relief projects for underprivileged children in the Western Cape. Cape Classic also supports exchanges between Europe and South Africa.

The annual concert series held in February/March of each year is held on wine farms in Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Paarl as well as in the Moederkerk in Swellendam. The profits from all these concerts are used to provide educational activities and workshops for underprivileged children, held by the artists and others.

A study by the German Ministry of Education and Science about the influence of musical education on children concluded: “Music increases the IQ of children as well as their social competence. Kids who receive music lessons will show more emotional stability and have clearly increased powers of concentration and higher levels of intelligence.”

This is why Cape Classic supports the education of black children in Khayamandi by contributing to the funding of a pre-school facility and a music school. In the past Cape Classic bought instruments and paid the salaries of three music teachers at the “Ikhaya Music Project” in Khayamandi.

This year we have three of the concerts right on our doorstep here at Penny Lane Lodge. Two are being held at the Morgenster Olive Farm and Winery in Somerset West on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 February, and on Thursday 23 February there is a concert at the Blaauwlippen Wine Estate which is just up the R44 road on the way to Stellenbosch.

The concerts make a lovely evening’s entertainment. Picnic baskets are available to order at the wine farms and of course there is their estate-made wine to accompany them. The settings are stunning and, of course, all proceeds go to well-deserving causes.

The on-line programme is available here.

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