Grace Notes composer selected for M&G award

Grace Notes - Picture by Nardus Engelbrecht
Grace Notes – Picture by Nardus Engelbrecht

Grace Notes musical curator, director and conductor Thuthuka Sibisi selected as Mail & Guardian Top Young South African.

Each year the Mail & Guardian profiles talented under-35 year olds who have stood out from the pack. These interesting young creatives show us what to look forward to in the country’s future.

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Among the 200 selected, Thuthuka Sibisi is a composer, director and conductor who loves blending opera with contemporary music.

Currently studying performance and directing at Goldsmiths University of London, Sibisi describes himself as an interdisciplinary artist rooted in classical music. “I started working with William Kentridge when I designed the music for his puppetry and art in Triumphs and Laments,” he says. “When you work with William there are no specific titles, everyone works around what needs to be done, so I helped out with the choreography and dramaturge for where the story was going.”

Sibisi arrived at Cape Town Opera and joined the Grace Notes rehearsal process at Artscape on Monday 3rd July.

This unique concert of a cappella sacred music will be heard in Cape Town for the first time. Juxtaposing ancient and modern music from Europe and Africa, Grace Notes intersperses sacred compositions by Byrd, Palestrina, Duruflé and Pärt with religious music drawn from Xhosa, Venda, Zulu and Swahili traditions.

Sibisi says, “Thanks to the support and encouragement of Cape Town Opera, I went on an adventure of musical discovery. Most of pieces in Grace Notes are those that thrill and fascinate me, and I wanted to share these with a wider audience who may not necessarily have access to them.

“This music has an enchanting complexity that reveals itself slowly over time. Sometimes this can deter audiences who fear they might not understand it but if you just allow yourself to relax and listen there is just a sense of delight and happiness at this lovely sound.

“I wouldn’t say I’m religious but this music is quite sublime, lending itself to a glimpse of the divine and otherworldliness.”

To book for Grace Notes, email and you will receive payment details.

As seating is limited, you are advised to book early to ensure that you don’t miss this special event.

Please be aware that seating is unreserved.

Musical Director and Conductor – Thuthuka Sibisi
Chorus Master and Conductor – Marvin Kernelle

13 and 20 July – St George’s Cathedral
27 July – St John’s Church

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