The 51st Swakopmunder Musikwoche 2016

Having recovered from the most exciting (and exhausting) 50th Jubilee last December, the planning for this year is in full swing.

For those that have not heard it through the press:

The Musikwoche is moving to Namib High School opposite of the church, where we always have our Sunday concert. This was necessary as we ran out of space (for more information please see our press release here).  Concerts will therefore also take place at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula of the Namib High School.

Registration starts on the 29th of July online, for those registering online and paying via EFT, these are our bank details:

Swakopmunder Musikwoche

Bank Windhoek

Account number: 800 300 9497

Bank code: 481 772

The following lecturers have already fully committed, the list will be added on, as we receive confirmations.

Our lecturers:

Musical Director: Alexander Fokkens, SA

Choir Master: Dr Andre Thomas, USA

Concert Band: Nici Coleman, SA

Junior Musical Director: Hendi Krog, SA

Jazz Band / Saxophones: Dr Steven Meyer, USA

Concert Master / 1st Violins: Denise Sutton, SA

2nd violins: Nicole D’Oliveira, NAM

Cello; Caleb Vaughn-Jones, USA

Oboe / Bassoon: John Rojas

2nd Brass / Trombone: Michael Nixon, SA

Assistant Choir: Theodore Cookson, NAM

Assistant 2nd Violins: Lwazi Mkula, SA

Assistant Cello: Lynne Dobson, SA

What program can we expect for this Musikwoche? Well, there is of course the obligatory waltz, this year we will hear Strauss jnr. “The Blue Danube” – an homage to Alexander Fokkens, who laid the foundation for the obligatory waltz with this very first one at his first appearance seven years ago. This year we are looking at the ballet and hence will hear the “Waltz of the Flowers” and the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, both by Tchaikovsky. A second waltz will be the waltz from “Sleeping Beauty”, also by Tchaikovsky.

Additionally, planned is the “Serenade for Strings” – 2nd movement by Edward Elgar.

As always, we will have a joint Choir & Grand Orchestra piece, you will find more about that as a final decision has been taken.

The Concert Dates:

13.12.2015: Lecturer Concert, 19h00 at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula (Namib High School)

14.12.2015: Open Air Brass Festival, 16h00 at the Amphitheatre

14.12.2015: Jazz Concert, 19h00 at Haus der Jugend

15.12.2015: Junior & Ensemble Concert, 18h30 at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula (Namib High School)

16.12.2015: Final Concert, 19h00 at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula (Namib High School)

17.12.2015: Final Concert, 19h00 at the Hanjo Böhlke Aula (Namib High School)

18.12.2015: Church Concert, 10h00 at the Lutheran Church, Otavi st. no 9

Ticket sales:

As of the 1st of December you can order by phone every morning between 9h00 and 12h00, the cell phone number will be announced closer to the time.

As of the 8th of December you find us in the entrance of the Namib High School between 9h00 and 12h00 every morning (except Sunday, the 11th).

Ticket prices are N$ 80.- per ticket.

Looking forward to seeing you – for yet another fantastic music festival and the only of its kind!

Your Musikwoche Team

Press Release 12.7.2016

Press Release 12.7.2016

During the past six years, the Musikwoche started to outgrow the Namib Primary School. As we enrolled more and more participants, added a Concert Band and increased our choir as well as the Junior Orchestra, we ran out of rooms at the NPS.

With our 50th Jubilee last year we literally burst at the seams, and rehearsal schedules became a giant puzzle, trying to allocate two big halls to five groups in demand. Facing the option to either start putting up tents on the school premises or move, we approached the Namib High School and were received with open arms.

Historically, in the Eighties, the Musikwoche was housed in Namib High School, but as Mr Kühlwetter and his wife were active at the Namib Primary School, all their instruments were there and it made sense to move there.

As the Namib High School is a great supporter of Arts and Culture and offer both Art and Design as well as Integrated Performing Arts as subjects, we are happy to enter into a fruitful and cooperative long-term relationship, hopefully interesting all musically involved learners from NHS to join the Musikwoche.

Our Concert Band will be very happy to finally get an adequate rehearsal hall, big enough so all the trumpets don’t blow out their ear drums!

Our heartfelt thank you goes to Namib Primary School, in particular to Mrs and Mr Wilke, who took care of the Musikwoche for many, many years and can now hopefully finally enjoy a December without the responsibilities they carried to make our stay as pleasant as possible.

Online registrations will start on the 29th of July, keep an eye on our website. We are looking forward to welcoming old and new participants for another exciting music festival in Swakopmund – of course supported by Bank Windhoek Arts Festival again!

Musikwoche 2016

Dear friends of the Swakopmunder Musikwoche,

the dates for this year are as follows:
09.12.2016: Beginning of Musikwoche
13.12.2016: 19:00 Lecturer Concert
14.12.2016: 16:00 Open Air Brass Concert
18:30 Jazz Concert
15.12.2016: 18:30 Junior & Ensemble Concert
16. & 17.12.2016: 19:00 Final Concert
18.12.2016: 10:00 Church Concert

Registration will start online at the end of July 2016.

We are looking forward to welcoming all of you in December at the coast!

Stay well until then, warm regards

Your Musikwoche Team