Since 2017, the annual Cape Town Baroque Festival (CTBF), presented by Camerata Tinta Barocca, has been a highlight in the Cape Town music scene.
The theme of this year’s CTBF is ‘Diversity in Early Music’. For the first time, the festival is presented over seven days, thereby expanding its reach to more venues across Cape Town’s city centre with an even more diverse programme of Baroque music.
The festival celebrates the variety of styles and genres of music from the Baroque period, the range of performance approaches of different schools of playing, and the diversity of performers of early music in South Africa and internationally.
2019 marks the first time that the Baroque Festivals’ concerts are held in the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in the Waterfront precinct and the Youngblood Gallery in Bree Street. Also, it is the first time that a newly composed work is performed – a reimagining of JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 by local composer Hans Roosenschoon.
The aims of the festival include: bringing together early musicians from across South Africa in order to facilitate a creative exchange between local practitioners of a historically informed performance approach; offer high-quality performances of a variety of early repertoires to audiences from Cape Town and surrounds; create a platform where internationally acclaimed early music performers can share their craft with local musicians and audiences; focus on skill transferal to young South African players and singers through the educational aspect of the festival.