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Early Music and Historically Informed Performance

Winter Term Course

The next winter term course in HIP will take place in 2016. For 2015 several masterclasses, concerts and an early music ensemble are planned. Watch the NEWS page for more information.

The course provides a link between academic (history and theory) and practical subjects (performance) in music and introduces the students to the concept of historically informed performance. HIP is a specific way of arriving at an appropriate interpretation of music using period evidence such as music (manuscripts, early prints) and its editions, treatises on music theory and performance as well as instruments and instrumentation. The course is open for occasional students from outside UCT. Registration opens in February 2014. For more information please contact Rebekka Sandmeier.

In 2014 a collaboration with the South African National Youth Orchestra and Umculo made it possible for selected students to take part in the production “Comfort Ye” as well as attending the winter term course in HIP. For more information on the National Youth Orchestra / Umculo project please contact Shirley Apthorp: info@capefestival.com

The lecturers in 2014 were:

  • Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord),
  • Hans Huyssen (baroque cello),
  • Antoinette Lohmann (baroque violin and viola),
  • Rebekka Sandmeier (history and theory),
  • Carin van Heerden (baroque oboe and recorder) and
  • Kobie van Rensburg (voice). 

The following concerts took place in conjunction with the HIP course in 2014:

Lecture recital by Lorenzo Ghirlanda (sackbut) on Monday 16 June, 17:00 in the Strubenholm Recital Room, SACM

The Cape Consort: Christoph und Sebastian - vocal works by Johann Christoph Bach (1642 – 1703) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) on Friday 20 June, 19:30 at the Rondebosch Dutch Reformed Church

Chamber concert: Antoinette Lohmann (baroque violin), Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord), Hans Huyssen (baroque cello) on Monday 30 June, 19:30 in the Strubenholm Recital Room, SACM with works by Walther, Viviani, Baal and Buxtehude.

Chamber concert: Carin van Heerden (baroque oboe, recorder), Antoinette Lohmann (baroque violin), Erik Dippenaar (harpsichord), Hans Huyssen (baroque cello) on Monday 7 July, 19:30 in the Strubenholm Recital Room, SACM

Students’ Concert: Students present repertoire they have worked on during the course. Thursday 10 July, 19:30 in the Strubenholm Recital Room, SACM


In 2013 the winter term course in Historically Informed Performance was offered for the very first time to 4th year BMus students and occasional students from outside UCT.

Lecturers in 2013 were Erik Dippenaar (Cape Town, harpsichord), Antoinette Lohmann (Utrecht, baroque violin) and Rebekka Sandmeier (Cape Town, history and theory). 

Students' comments on the 2013 course: "I really enjoyed the coachings with Erik and Antoinette. Both teachers have very different styles, and I learned a lot from both. I loved the ensemble sessions, teaming up with players of other instruments and making music together. Priceless." "ample historical instruments available - a great bonus for beginners""This was a fantastic course in every respect. The theoretical component was interesting and relevant, and the practical component was incredible."

Several concerts by lecturers and students took place during the course. The pictures below were taken at the students' concert in the foyer of Strubenholm on 4 July.

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