Robert Fokkens
Contemporary Composer
  • Compositional VoiceCompositional Voice"Many composers are inspired by their roots, some so much so it would be hard to imagine how their music would sound if they had been born elsewhere. South African Robert Fokkens is one such composer"
  • Tracing LinesTracing Lines“This extremely appealing disc... it is clear that his identity as an African composer is very important to him, and there is certainly overt influence from traditional South African (especially Xhosa) music on his style"Purchase the CD

Cape Town Opera Premiere

As part of FOUR:30 in collaboration with UCT Opera School, I will be writing a short opera - The Application - which will have five performances in Cape Town this November. The libretto is by Laurence Allan and receive its premiere at Artscape, Cape Town on Saturday 21 November. Directed by Geoffrey Hyland.

Scenario: Mrs Makeleni needs a passport. Her grandson was born and raised in the UK after her son emigrated, and she has never met him – indeed, she has never left South Africa. Now she wants to travel to his wedding, and must apply to Home Affairs for her first ever passport – a process which proves rather more troublesome than expected.

21 Nov - Premiere
25 Nov - Second Performance
26 Nov - Third Performance
27 Nov - Fourth Performance
28 Nov - Fifth Performance

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Tracing Lines

Robert’s CD, Tracing Lines has received good reviews and is described as ’truly beautiful’, ’accessible’, ’striking’ and ’compelling’.

Sample Track


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