Midweek Sessions at the Church on Greenmarket Square November

The Church on Greenmarket Square provides one of the best concert experiences in Cape Town. With an intimate ambiance and excellent acoustics, well-lit parking on the square outside and coffee on sale inside, as well as a host of restaurants and bars within walking distance, it is a perfect all-round concert venue.

We have two single sessions for November featuring favourite Cape Town ladies of song Zion Zuke and Antoinette Blyth.

On 11 November Zion Zuke returns for a full session with her special blend of jazz infused songs. She is joined by her band of friends – Adebola Ola on keys, Udartha Ramesa on drums and Rasool Booley on guitar. This group will be opening for Freshlyground on 14th November and this session will be a sneak preview into some of the numbers they’ll be playing for that event.

The session starts at 7.30pm with concert presenter Louise Howlett and pianist Albert Combrink performing some highlights from their CD Night Sessions which is FMR’s CD of the week.

Tickets available at the door R80. All the proceeds go to the musicians.  Support live music! Without the audience we cannot exist!

More news soon on our session with Antoinette Blyth on 25 November where she will be singing Purcell, Scarlatti and Handel with trumpeter Mike Blake.

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Midweek Sessions @the Church on Greenmarket Square

August 12: Winter Midweek Session with the TwoPianists Piano Duo

The Church on Greenmarket Square has become a popular concert ‘hot-spot’ for its special ambiance and excellent acoustics. With well-lit parking on the square outside and coffee and refreshments on sale inside, as well as a host of restaurants and bars within walking distance, it is a perfect all round concert venue. Midweek Sessions consists of two contrasting concerts on one night – a classical mix for the first half and jazz /blues for the second, but during the winter months concert presenter Louise Howlett is presenting single sessions running from 7.30 to 9pm focussing on some of Cape Town’s finest musicians

August 12th will feature the acclaimed piano duo Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhães who will be bringing their own grand pianos to the church and celebrating 15 years of marriage, partnership and musical creativity with the launch of their new CD called American Intersections. This concert is their only Cape Town performance which is part of a national tour taking place over the next few weeks.

The husband-and-wife duo has been compared to the fabled piano duos of Ashkenazy-Previn and Argerich-Freire by the American Record Guide and they have toured extensively throughout Europe and America. As the couple met in America is seems appropriate that American Intersections includes works by American composers such as Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland and John Adams. These works portray America as a melting pot of musical cultures, a crossroads of musical traditions, and a colourful tapestry of diverse sounds.

Tickets available in advance directly from info@louisehowlett.co.za / 084 682 1337 and on the night at the door from 7pm priced R100 and R80 for students & pensioners. (special student block booking prices are also available)

Delicious coffee and hot chocolate is served at the church to enjoy during the concert and a special discount is given by Bellini Italian on Greenmarket Square for supper before or after the concert – (just mention the concert when booking) and there is plenty of well lit parking available on the square from 6.30pm.

We are also initiating a ‘bring a blanket’ drive – bring a blanket to the concert to keep yourself warm and then donate it afterwards and the church will make sure it goes to a person in need during the cold winter nights.

For more information contact Louise on 084 682 1337
Email: info@louisehowlett.co.za or facebook:

Midweek Winter Session: Conversation without words

Louise Howlett presents a single Winter Midweek Session this coming Wednesday 24 June with three of Cape Town’s great jazz interpreters.

Saxophonist Tristan Weitkamp joins forces with guitarist Tony Cedras and percussion legend Dizu Plaatjies in a ‘Conversations without Words’ – an cultural collision of music improvisation showing how sound can bring us together.

Tony is from Cape Town but has spent much of his musical journey away from SA during the years of apartheid. Through that time Tony travelled the world performing with a myriad of renowned artists including Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela, the Amandla Cultural Ensemble, and perhaps is best known as being one of the central members to Paul Simon’s Graceland tour. Aside from his career as a respected ‘sideman’ his own compositions and artistic pursuits are truly unique and beautiful. Throughout his travelling career Tony has remembered his Khoisan heritage and returned to South Africa, his true home.

Dizu Plaatjies, from the Eastern Cape is revered for his musicality, knowledge and his prowess as an artistic director. He has travelled to numerous African countries in order to learn the musical traditions of their people and culture in which those traditions are entwined. Dizu believes that music, history and culture are truly one entity and therefore studies all aspects of a place in order to the learn about the music. He is also the director of African Music Studies at UCT College of Music. Dizu’s musical career has been centered around his group Amampondo which he started in the late 1970’s and which has toured extensively around the world.

Tristan Weitkamp, the youngest of the trio is a composer and saxophonist from the USA. He came to South Africa as a student to study about African music and social affairs at UCT. However during his stay he has performed with many different musicians and recently produced and recorded a CD of original music with his group New Horizons. Culturally speaking ‘American’ doesn’t cut it in Tristan’s opinion but as he was an adopted child, Tristan knows little about his ethnic identity aside from white and blonde, therefore he is no a journey to define his own culture and feels that the best way to do this is through music.

The concert starts at 7.30 and there is plenty of well lit parking right outside the Church – on Greenmarket Square itself. Delicious coffee and hot chocolate to keep warm inside the church and a special ‘meal-deal’ for before or after the session at Bellini’s Italian restaurant on the square.

Tickets available at the door on the night from 7pm priced just R80/R50 for students and pensioners. For more information contact Louise Howlett on 084 682 1337 / info@louisehowlett.co.za

Midweek Sessions: 10 June Italian Mix Single Session

Midweek Sessions at the Church on Greenmarket Square brings together some of Cape Town’s finest musicians for one or two contrasting sessions of music on one night under one roof, presented by singer Louise Howlett. The unique acoustics of the church provide the perfect vibe for classical, jazz, blues and more. Great coffee is available in the church to enjoy with the music, and there are bars and restaurants nearby on the Square to enjoy a drink or meal around a session.

For June to September we will have single sessions to give the chance for a warming supper or drink on the square combined with a hour or so of great music
during the winter months.

Wednesday 10 June Louise Howlett presents Bella Rosa: a programme of classical Italian chamber music and songs featuring Sally Minter on flute, Pieter-Adriaan Stofberg on cello, Albert Combrink on piano and soprano Louise Howlett.

The concert features works by Puccini, Mozart, Donizetti, Rabbioni and more and weaves a story of gardens, flowers and romance between the four musicians.

Tickets at the Door R80 (pensioners/students R50) Plenty of parking is available on the square and Bellini’s Italian Restaurant opposite the church will be having delicious Italian specials to enjoy before or after the concert.

For more information contact Louise on 084 682 1337
Email: info@louisehowlett.co.za or facebook:

Midweek Sessions: 22 April Pierre Dutot


On Wednesday 22 April Louise Howlett presents a special Single Session as part of her Midweek Sessions Series at the Church on Greenmarket Square with visiting French trumpeter Pierre Dutot in concert with organist and local Baroque specialist Erik Dippenaar.

Dutot has recorded over 80 cds and has a long and full career as both orchestral musician with the Orchestre National de Lyon and soloist across the globe.  In addition he is one of the most highly regarded trumpet teachers in France and he will be coming to Cape Town to work with local students in master classes at the South African College of Music, UCT and Sans Souci School. Mr Dutot’s visit is made possible through the generous support of the French Institute of South Africa,  Association Musiquelaine France and the Alliance Française. Erik Dippenaar is no stranger to Capetonians for being an intregal part of the Baroque scene. His improvisations at our October Midweek Sessions had the audience in awe.

The Church on Greenmarket Square has become a popular concert ‘hot-spot’ for it’s special ambiance and excellent accoustics, with well-lit parking on the square outside, and coffee and refreshments on sale inside, as well as a number of restaurants and bars nearby including Inn on the Square, Haiku, Bellinis and Mandela Rhodes Place.

This special session for trumpet and organ will include works by Handel, Telemann, Widor, Dubois, Vivaldi, Gigout and more.

Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za and at the door priced R100 (R80 pensioners/students). For more information contact Louise Howlett on 084 682 1337 /info@louisehowlett.co.za or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook/Midweeksessions

Opera Jam

Our next session on 26 November completes our 2nd season and is a single special jam session – favourite opera arias sung by 2014 Schock Prize winner Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Siphamandla Yakupa Moyake who recently stole our hearts as Suzanna in CTO’s Marriage of Figaro, Makudu Senaoana who rocked in Il Viaggio and our own Rocket Scientist Ifriki Tadadjeu. More singers to follow – all to be played on the spot (no rehearsal ) by the one and only Albert Combrink. Tickets from Webtickets or just rock up at the door. 7.30 until we’re sung out!

Midweek Sessions

On 12 November – Midweek Sessions will feature Quartets – for the jazz session at 8.45pm we are joined by SAXIT! with Joel Benjamin, Jade de Waal, Simon Bates and Gareth Harvey performing a variety of genre’s from jazz to funk to Indian influences. More to follow soon.