Franschhoek Wine Valley

Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek: Journey to Spain

Journey to Spain
James Grace (guitar)
Friday 26 October 7:30 pm
NG Church, Franschhoek

Acclaimed guitarist and three-time SAMA nominee James Grace plays ‘Journey to Spain’, an all-Spanish programme featuring music from Grace’s forthcoming album ‘Andaluza’. James will include Joaquin Turina’s evocative ‘Fandanguillo’, commissioned by Andres Segovia, and Joaquin Rodrigo’s hauntingly beautiful I’nvocacion y Danza’, a homage to Manuel de Falla. James will also perform works by composers including Albeniz, Granados and Tarrega from his previous albums on guitar by leading South African luthier Hans van den Berg.

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A tradition of musical excellence

For the past 16 years Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival has delighted classical music audiences with outstanding and innovative performances in the magnificent setting of the Franschhoek Valley. This year’s Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek – which runs from 26 to 28 October – continues that tradition of excellence, with a line-up of carefully created and selected performances by top classical artists.

Says festival producer, Duigan: “We strive to include a range of classical musical styles and genres in the concerts but always with the emphasis on authenticity, creativity and personal engagement.”

The festival includes three performances at the NG Church and two at Cafe Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine. These include acclaimed guitarist James Grace in ‘Journey to Spain’, and internationally recognised Spanish saxophonist David Salleras. Salleras who is known for his unique compositions and original, innovative performance style combining virtuoso techniques and traditional flamenco idioms. Festival director Christopher Duigan delights with dazzling performance of music by the ultimate piano virtuoso, Franz Liszt (1811-86). As to be expected his performance is interleaved with interesting anecdotal content.

Duigan joins popular baritone Federico Freschi in ‘If I Loved You’ for a grand dinner soiree which brings together beautiful melodies from the world of popular song and classic musicals including those from Noel Coward, Cole Porter, ‘My Fair Lady” and ‘Carousel’. Songs sung in Spanish include the show-stopper, ‘Granada’. They are joined by saxophonist David Salleras who adds a haunting touch with improvised interludes and countermelodies to these well-known selections.

The finale, traditionally presented outdoors over Sunday lunch at Cafe Bon Bon, sees a rendition of Vivaldi’s evergreen ‘Four Seasons’ in a format not heard before in South Africa – that for violin, electric bass and accordion – played by Petrus de Beer (violin), Schalk Joubert (bass) & Stanislav Angelov (accordion). This riveting production also leads to a selection of popular film music and cafe favourites to end the festival on a festive note!

Tickets for the three NG Church concerts are available via and the full programme is available at and

• The Marriott Classic Music Festival in Franschhoek is sponsored by Marriott, The Income Specialists.
• The festival is presented by Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival and supported by Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos


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