News: September, 2008

Back in the UK

Robert recently returned from South Africa, where he presented lectures and worked with young composers at UNISA (Pretoria), the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town, the University of Pretoria, and North West University (Potchefstroom), and gave a paper at the annual conference of South Africa’s musicological society SASRIM at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

During his visit he was also a faculty member for New Music South Africa’s annual New Music Indaba, held at UNISA and the University of the Witwatersrand between 1-7 September. For the Indaba, he ran composer workshops for emerging composers from South Africa and Nigeria with London-based ensemble The Chamber Music Company led by pianist Mark Troop. Along with the premiere of a short piece in response to Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time given by The Chamber Music Company, he was also privileged to hear Julie-Anne Derome (violin) and Gabriel Prynn (cello) of Canadian piano trioTrio Fibonacci give the premiere of the full version of Tracing Lines.

At New Music South Africa’s AGM, held at the New Music Indaba, Robert was also honoured to be voted vice-president of NMSA.

For more information about New Music South Africa, please visit

Premiere in Belgium

Christy Collett (violin) and Stephane de May (piano) perform Circles by Robert Fokkens, commissioned by the SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts, at De Rode Pomp in Ghent. The recital also includes Luneto by Boudewijn Buckinkx, and the Franck Sonata for violin and piano.

De Rode Pomp, Ghent, Belgium

19 September 2008 at 8pm

Kosmos perform two works in London

As part of The European Day of Jewish Culture and Heritage 2008, Kosmos present a concert at the West London Synagogue. Laura Anstee (cello), Meg Hamilton (viola) and Harriet Mackenzie (violin) along with Serbian accordionist Milos Milivojevic perform electrifying classical and folk music arrangements, including Robert Fokkens’s uMadosini, umama wam and Limping Song.

A Concert for The European Day of Jewish Culture an Heritage 2008

West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1H 5AU

Sunday 7 September at 7.30pm

Messiaen miniatures at the New Music Indaba

My piece, A Little Crystal, will be performed at this concert:

The Chamber Music Company (UK) perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time alongside 8 short responses by South African composers at The Atrium, University of the Witwatersrand. The concert forms part of South Africa’s premiere new music event, the New Music Indaba 2008, and includes new pieces by Robert Fokkens, Paul Hanmer, Jurgen Brauninger, Clare Loveday, Michael Blake, Cameron Harris and Nishlyn Ramanna.

Robert also joins the composition faculty for the Indaba, leading workshops for young composers with the Chamber Music Company of London.

The Chamber Music Company (UK) 

Mark Troop (piano)

Natalie Haris (clarinet)

Anya Birchall (violin)

Rebecca Hewes (cello)

New Music Indaba 2008

Wits Atrium, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Saturday 06 September at 3.00pm 

Trio Fibonacci at the New Music Indaba

A repeat performance of Tracing Lines by Canadian piano trio Trio Fibonacci at South Africa’s premiere new music event, the New Music Indaba. For full information see listing on 3 September.

New Music Indaba 2008

Sunnyside Campus, UNISA, Pretoria

05 September 2008 at 12.30pm

Trio Fibonacci perform Fokkens at New Music Indaba

Acclaimed Canadian ensemble Trio Fibonacci perform Tracing Lines at South Africa’s premiere new music event, the New Music Indaba 2008. Taking place at the University of South Africa’s Sunnyside campus, the Indaba presents workshops for student composers alongside performances by, amongst others, the Trio Fibonacci, the Chamber Music Company of London, Faroese guitarist Olavur Jakobsen, South African pianist Jill Richards and violinist Waldo Alexander. 

In addition to performances of his work, Robert joins Swedish composer-conductor Ramon Anthin and Faroese composer Kristian Blak on the composition faculty for the week.

New Music Indaba

UNISA, Sunnyside Campus, Pretoria

03 September 2008 at 6.00pm