Harold Porter Botanical Garden concert listing

No holiday in the Western Cape would be complete without visiting the Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay. Here, where the mountains and the sea meet, visitors can enjoy rolling lawns, a plethora of Cape fynbos, breath-taking scenery and a tranquillity that feeds the soul. A naturally formed amphitheatre nestling under the mountains has also become a sought after venue for a special concerts.

For the last few years the Garden has hosted a short series of concerts over the December /January holiday season and once more visitors will be able to enjoy some of our top musicians in this magical venue. Four concerts end the old year and bring in the new so plan your diary accordingly for these events.

The garden is a window on to the Overberg region and offers a wide range of activities that make it the perfect family venue. The concerts are an additional attraction and armed with picnic baskets, blankets and a love of music, families arrive in droves to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and music set against a magnificent backdrop.

Saturday 20th December sees The Delft Big Band strike their chords for a wonderful evening. On Monday 22 December light a candle and enjoy Carols by Candleight while just after Christmas, on Sunday 28 December, Afrikaans singer AnthonieBougas will add a little more soul to the scene. Finally, as the first concert in the New Year on Saturday 3 January 2015 our magnificent Gugulethu Tenors set the mountains ringing with Afro -Opera that is thrilling audiences worldwide.

Opening the season on Saturday 20 December is the enormously popular Delft Big Band. In five short years this band has proved that when given a chance young people from disadvantaged communities can reach great heights. From never handling an instrument or reading music the achievements are nothing short of phenomenal. In 2013 the band toured France at the invitation of the French Government, and performed to standing ovations wherever they appeared. Since then two tours of Sweden, performances at the Liverpool Brouhaha Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and for Prince Charles and Camilla, to whom they were personally introduced, has seen them embraced the world over.

Under the dedicated tutelage of much loved professional musician and trumpeter, Ian Smith, this musical miracle has been achieved. In terms of musical excellence, the band is truly astounding. It is not just an enthusiastic bunch of youngsters playing well-known charts. It is a driving, pitch perfect big band, that can hold its own on any platform. This is proof positive of the enthusiasm and dedication of the band members.

It is a story of success with several of the musicians taking up the profession as performers and teachers, scholarships to overseas institutions have been awarded and some have enrolled at the UCT College of Music to further their musical studies. Go to www.delftbigband.co.za.

Monday 22 December and Carols by Candelight will set the tone for the festive days ahead. This community project features young people from the Narrative Foundation’s (NF) music development programme with talented musicians from the area. Bringing people from different communities together and supporting the holistic development of young people are the objectives of this programme and the audience will enjoy exactly this on this very special evening.   Already a marimba project featuring nine students has won medals at local Eisteddfods and in Johannesburg and these serious young musicians are actively studying through Unisa. Truly an evening to be relished.

Get yourselves in the mood on Saturday 27 December for an evening with AnthonieBougas. Since February 2014, he has presented his own TV series on KyknetMusiek and began filming his new series ‘Sing in Harmonie’ for KyknetMusiek in August, which will be flighted later this year.Kyknetmusiek is currently screening six of his music videos. He released his album Hartsoldaat in 2012. In 2010 he was nominated as the best new artist in the Vonk Afrikaans Music Awards. In 2012 he won the most popular song of the year award at the Western Cape Bokkie awards. A talented actor and singer his career took off when in 2007, at age 14, he entered SABC 2 Supersterre and came 2nd in the country. He has appeared in a variety of soapies and his great voice, excellent stage presence and good looks make him a popular performer. Prepare for an evening of soulful ballads, popular classics and his own compositions and a concert that will inspire all ages.

It’s almost a tradition to start the New Year off with the sounds of the acclaimed Gugulethu Tenors, and this year Saturday 3 January, 2015 sees them grace the stage again. A household name in South Africa since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2011 these four lads have the sort of voices that are like melted chocolate, mellifluous and more-ish! Contemporary and subtle ethnic elements have made Afro – Opera loved by everyone both here and internationally.

Listening to these Afro-operatic pop sensations is certain to attract those that love not only traditional arias associated with opera but their renditions of more modern pieces inspire all generations. Their repertoire includes operatic favourites such as O Sole Mio, NessunDorma and Nella Fantasia, as well as popular songs like The Prayer, Miriam Makeba’sPataPataand evenGéKorsten’sLiefling.  Their original compositions like O Afrika!andNyamezela have audiences on their feet at every performance.

They have performed at some of SA’s top events and festivals, shared stages with local and international headliners, and been featured extensively in local and international media. Their fan base continues to expand, covering a wide and diverse audience.

The Harold Porter Botanical garden is a little piece of paradise and is one of the ten South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) botanical gardens. Situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest, it is in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with specialised salt-adapted plants. The Garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. Consisting of 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos, several kilometres of nature trails provide scenic views of forests, mountains and coastline.

Prepare to enjoy some wonderful music under the spectacular African sky as you picnic with friends and family – the perfect holiday outing for visitors and residents alike.

Details:

  • Delft Big Band Saturday 20 December 2014; Adults – R80 / Youth (age 6 to 18) – R40 / Children under 6 years enter for free
  • Carols by Candelight: Monday 22 December, 2014: Adults R40/ Youth ( age 6 to 18) R20 / Children under 6 years enter for free
  • AnthonieBougas: Saturday 27 December 2014: Adults – R80 / Youth (age 6 to 18) – R40 / Children under 6 years enter for free
  • Gugulethu Tenors: Saturday 3 January 2015: Adults – R80 / Youth (age 6 to 18) – R40 / Children under 6 years enter for free

Gates open to concert goers at 18h00, Concerts start at 19h00 – gates close at 21h30

How to book: 

Phone 028 272 9311 and bring ID for verification or buy tickets ahead of time at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden entrance.

No holiday in the Western Cape would be complete without visiting the Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay. Here, where the mountains and the sea meet, visitors can enjoy rolling lawns, a plethora of Cape fynbos, breath-taking scenery and a tranquillity that feeds the soul. A naturally formed amphitheatre nestling under the mountains has also become a sought after venue for a special concerts.

For the last few years the Garden has hosted a short series of concerts over the December /January holiday season and once more visitors will be able to enjoy some of our top musicians in this magical venue. Four concerts end the old year and bring in the new so plan your diary accordingly for these events.

The garden is a window on to the Overberg region and offers a wide range of activities that make it the perfect family venue. The concerts are an additional attraction and armed with picnic baskets, blankets and a love of music, families arrive in droves to enjoy the spectacular sunsets and music set against a magnificent backdrop.

Saturday 20th December sees The Delft Big Band strike their chords for a wonderful evening. On Monday 22 December light a candle and enjoy Carols by Candleight while just after Christmas, on Sunday 28 December, Afrikaans singer AnthonieBougas will add a little more soul to the scene. Finally, as the first concert in the New Year on Saturday 3 January 2015 our magnificent Gugulethu Tenors set the mountains ringing with Afro -Opera that is thrilling audiences worldwide.

Opening the season on Saturday 20 December is the enormously popular Delft Big Band. In five short years this band has proved that when given a chance young people from disadvantaged communities can reach great heights. From never handling an instrument or reading music the achievements are nothing short of phenomenal. In 2013 the band toured France at the invitation of the French Government, and performed to standing ovations wherever they appeared. Since then two tours of Sweden, performances at the Liverpool Brouhaha Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and for Prince Charles and Camilla, to whom they were personally introduced, has seen them embraced the world over.

Under the dedicated tutelage of much loved professional musician and trumpeter, Ian Smith, this musical miracle has been achieved. In terms of musical excellence, the band is truly astounding. It is not just an enthusiastic bunch of youngsters playing well-known charts. It is a driving, pitch perfect big band, that can hold its own on any platform. This is proof positive of the enthusiasm and dedication of the band members.

It is a story of success with several of the musicians taking up the profession as performers and teachers, scholarships to overseas institutions have been awarded and some have enrolled at the UCT College of Music to further their musical studies. Go to www.delftbigband.co.za.

Monday 22 December and Carols by Candelight will set the tone for the festive days ahead. This community project features young people from the Narrative Foundation’s (NF) music development programme with talented musicians from the area. Bringing people from different communities together and supporting the holistic development of young people are the objectives of this programme and the audience will enjoy exactly this on this very special evening.   Already a marimba project featuring nine students has won medals at local Eisteddfods and in Johannesburg and these serious young musicians are actively studying through Unisa. Truly an evening to be relished.

Get yourselves in the mood on Saturday 27 December for an evening with AnthonieBougas. Since February 2014, he has presented his own TV series on KyknetMusiek and began filming his new series ‘Sing in Harmonie’ for KyknetMusiek in August, which will be flighted later this year.Kyknetmusiek is currently screening six of his music videos. He released his album Hartsoldaat in 2012. In 2010 he was nominated as the best new artist in the Vonk Afrikaans Music Awards. In 2012 he won the most popular song of the year award at the Western Cape Bokkie awards. A talented actor and singer his career took off when in 2007, at age 14, he entered SABC 2 Supersterre and came 2nd in the country. He has appeared in a variety of soapies and his great voice, excellent stage presence and good looks make him a popular performer. Prepare for an evening of soulful ballads, popular classics and his own compositions and a concert that will inspire all ages.

It’s almost a tradition to start the New Year off with the sounds of the acclaimed Gugulethu Tenors, and this year Saturday 3 January, 2015 sees them grace the stage again. A household name in South Africa since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2011 these four lads have the sort of voices that are like melted chocolate, mellifluous and more-ish! Contemporary and subtle ethnic elements have made Afro – Opera loved by everyone both here and internationally.

Listening to these Afro-operatic pop sensations is certain to attract those that love not only traditional arias associated with opera but their renditions of more modern pieces inspire all generations. Their repertoire includes operatic favourites such as O Sole Mio, NessunDorma and Nella Fantasia, as well as popular songs like The Prayer, Miriam Makeba’sPataPataand evenGéKorsten’sLiefling.  Their original compositions like O Afrika!andNyamezela have audiences on their feet at every performance.

They have performed at some of SA’s top events and festivals, shared stages with local and international headliners, and been featured extensively in local and international media. Their fan base continues to expand, covering a wide and diverse audience.

The Harold Porter Botanical garden is a little piece of paradise and is one of the ten South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) botanical gardens. Situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest, it is in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with specialised salt-adapted plants. The Garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. Consisting of 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos, several kilometres of nature trails provide scenic views of forests, mountains and coastline.

Prepare to enjoy some wonderful music under the spectacular African sky as you picnic with friends and family – the perfect holiday outing for visitors and residents alike.

Details:

  • Delft Big Band Saturday 20 December 2014; Adults – R80 / Youth (age 6 to 18) – R40 / Children under 6 years enter for free
  • Carols by Candelight: Monday 22 December, 2014: Adults R40/ Youth ( age 6 to 18) R20 / Children under 6 years enter for free
  • AnthonieBougas: Saturday 27 December 2014: Adults – R80 / Youth (age 6 to 18) – R40 / Children under 6 years enter for free
  • Gugulethu Tenors: Saturday 3 January 2015: Adults – R80 / Youth (age 6 to 18) – R40 / Children under 6 years enter for free

Gates open to concert goers at 18h00, Concerts start at 19h00 – gates close at 21h30

How to book: 

Phone 028 272 9311 and bring ID for verification or buy tickets ahead of time at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden entrance.

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