Ubuntu Ensemble: South African

Photography Juno Snowdon / Art Direction Adam Hypki

Ubuntu Ensemble: South African musicians gather to perform in London

The Ubuntu Ensemble concert will take place on Sunday 13 October in London.

Ubuntu Ensemble: South African

Photography Juno Snowdon / Art Direction Adam Hypki

South African artists living in the UK will gather on 13 October to perform in a concert at Blackheath Halls.

What is the Ubuntu Ensemble?

The Ubuntu Ensemble comprises eminent South African musicians living in the UK and the group exemplifies the South African concept of Ubuntu.

The Ubuntu Ensemble takes its name from a South African philosophy that believes we do not find our humanity in isolation but through our connection to others – a sentiment that might easily apply to chamber music. The musicians of the ensemble, all of whom were born in South Africa, play a prominent part in the musical life of the UK where they are now all based. This includes long careers as soloists and chamber musicians, principal positions in orchestras and senior posts at music colleges.

The concert programmme

The programme on 13 October includes the World Premiere of the Piano Sextet by David Earl, a South African composer living in Cambridge. The slow movement of this Sextet, Elegy in Memoriam Winnie Mandela was written as a tribute to Winnie shortly after her death and was first performed at South Africa House in London.

This Elegy provided the inspiration for David’s Sextet in which the last movement is a set of variations on the poignant African hymn Wakrazulwa.

The High Commissioner, Thembi Tambo, will be attending the concert, and there will be a specially arranged Piano Sextet rendition of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.

The concert personnel

The personnel for the concert is: Pieter Schoeman – Violin (Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra); Wilmien Van Rensburg – Violin; Louise Lansdown – Viola (Head of Strings at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire); Rosie Biss – Cello (Principal Cello, Welsh National Opera); Leon Bosch – Double Bass; Tessa Uys – Piano (Legendary South African Soloist).

Details of the concert

Date: 13 October 2019

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ

Tickets: Visit the Blackheath Halls website