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From: Antoni Schonken
Date: Sunday, 18 February 2018 at 2:30 PM
To: Rod Stevens, Peter Klatzow, Louis Heyneman, Shirley De Kock Gueller, Daniel Neal
Subject: Thank you!

Dear Rod, Peter, Louis, Shirley and Daniel,

I've needed a few days to myself to digest Thursday's performance and reflect on what I wrote and heard. But, now I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to you all for the immense amount of effort and time and resources that you invested in this new work. In a time when composers (especially in SA) work under extreme cultural-societal, financial, and institutional constraints, these past few months of collaboration have been one of the most positive experiences of my career.

Back in 2016, when I had the chance to work with some of America's leading contemporary music orchestras, I experienced a sometimes immense institutional resistance to the techniques and aesthetic employed in my music. In contrast to that, everyone at CPO approached my somewhat strange music with vigour, discipline, enthusiasm and attention not only to detail but also to the musical nuances of the work. What I experienced during rehearsals and performance has given me new hope for a vibrant music making culture in and around Cape Town.

Of course, such a collaboration would not be possible without the leadership support of CPO and FOM. As we all know by now, new music is a contentious thing within the live-performance sphere, and often it is a volatile catalyst either for attendance or non-attendance of concerts. To commission a brand new work by a young (and somewhat naive) composer is a risky venture. Because of this, from my side, I tried to write something that would certainly challenge the audience, but also empower them to react, and pull them into a moment of space and time that would allow them to become aware intimately of their presence in the performance space and their sharing of the performance moment. I also wanted to pique their curiosity enough that they might even want to experience some more new music in the future. Whether I have been successful remains to be seen.

This complex and risky adventure has been tremendously exciting, and I have learnt much from it. I also believe that I have made new friends in the musical community, and already some orchestra members have asked me to write new works for them.

So, I would like to extend my most humble and heartfelt gratitude to you for commissioning me and for making this performance a reality. I sincerely hope to collaborate with you again in the future.

Kindest regards



2 March 2018


Friends of Orchestral Music erinnert bzw. Laden ein:

Deutsche Besucher, sowie zeitweise in Cape Town residierende Interessenten, die das Programm des Cape Town Philimonic Orchester im Sommer geniessen, dieses durch Spenden zu unterstuetzen; zu diesem Zweck hat Herr Dr. Axel Horvath in Deutschland eine Stiftung gegruendet durch welche auch hiesige Spenden in Deutschland steuerlich anerkannt und abzugsfaehig sind.

Alle diese Spenden wuerden zwei mal Jaehrlich an die Friends of Orchestral Music entrichtet und nur zum Zweck musikalischer Ausbildung eingesetzt werden; in anderen Worten saemtliche Spenden die bislang an die Friends gingen wuerden und werden ausschliesslich zur Unterstuetzung der Ausbildung und kontinnierlicher Foerderung/Ausbildung klassischer Musik fuer sozial schwache Jugendliche genuetzt.  Falls Sie Kontakt mit Herrn Dr. Axel Horvath aufnehmen moechten richten Sie sich bitte an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +27 79 854 0068 / +49 931 804 7828.



Friends of Orchestral Music (Cape Town) (FOM) wishes to remind all German citizens and residents who spend part of a year living in or visiting Cape Town, and who enjoy the sounds of our Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra during their summer stay in Cape Town before heading home again, that Dr. Axel Horvath has set up a Friends of Orchestral Music (Germany) Trust so that citizens of Germany who would like to make a donation to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra can do so to this Trust in Germany and will receive tax relief in Germany for their donation.
All funds so donated will be remitted to Friends of Orchestral Music (Cape Town) twice annually.  All funds will be used for education purposes only.  In other words, the donations that FOM has made to date to students and organizations which support the teaching and training of classical music to previously disadvantaged students, will continue and be extended through your generosity.
If you would like to take up contact with Dr. Horvath please contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / +27 79 854 0068 / +49 931 804 7828