News: October, 2013

Duo FourIVTwo New Music Indaba performance

South Africa percussion duo ’Duo FourIVTwo’ (Magda de Vries and Frank Mallows) give another performance of their commissioned piece by Robert, ’Divisions, for NewMusicSA’s New Music Indaba in Durban, South Africa.

Duo FourIVTwo (Magda de Vries, Frank Mallows - percussion)

New Music South Africa’s New Music Indaba

University of Kwazulu-Natal, Howard College campus, Durban, South Africa

Saturday 12 October at 5.30pm

Arcomis Brass Event fanfare at St Davids Hall, Cardiff

Robert’s interval fanfare for brass quintet - ’umBongo’ (Praise Poem) - will be performed by the Arcomis Brass Quintet in the interval of the Event’s headline Mnozil Brass concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

Arcomis Brass Quintet

St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Friday 11 October 2013 at 8.15pm

An Invitation to Tracing Lines – Robert Fokkens CD launch concert

The “virtuosic Fidelio Trio” (Sunday Times) present a concert of works by Robert Fokkens to celebrate the release of ‘Tracing Lines’, Robert’s first chamber music portrait disc. ‘Tracing Lines’ brings together the Fidelio Trio, Carla Rees (bass flute), Patricia Rozario (soprano) and Grammy-award winning producer Raphael Mouterde to present the premiere commercial recordings of Robert Fokkens’s chamber music on the Métier label.

Fokkens’s music draws together a broad range of influences in a language rooted in traditional Xhosa music from South Africa, and has been described as “hilarious…engaging…quirky…witty…” (The Times) and “engrossing if unsettling… colourful, challenging…irreverent…moving” (Classical Source website).

Sunday 6 October 2013 at 7pm, doors 6:30pm
The Forge, 3-7 Delancey Street,
London, NW1 7NL,
Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) available from here.

Fidelio Trio - Darragh Morgan (violin), Robin Michael (cello) and Mary Dullea (piano)

CD generously funded and supported by the Richard Thomas Foundation and Cardiff University
Cover photo by Santu Mofokeng Wine route - RDP Houses on the N7, Western Cape from 2002 (courtesy Lunetta Bartz, MAKER, Johannesburg) and design by Stephen Sutton ( Divine Art )

Review: Fidelio Trio – Tracing Lines launch concert

Cardiff University Concert Hall, Cardiff
Fidelio Trio – Darragh Morgan (violin), Robin Michael (cello), Mary Dullea (piano) (Peter Reynolds) 4.10.2013

Robert Fokkens portrait concert draws impressive performances from Fidelio Trio in Cardiff

Four stars

Whole concerts devoted to the music of one composer can be risky affairs: a cruel test of how mature and robust a composer is. In a concert devoted to the music of the South African composer Robert Fokkens, given by the Fidelio Trio and opening Cardiff University’s 2013/14 series, both composer and performers came through with flying colours…

Bachtrack review of Cardiff CD launch concert

International review website, Bachtrack has published a substantial four-star review by Peter Reynolds of the Cardiff launch of Robert’s new CD Tracing Lines at Cardiff University. In it, he describes the music as both spare and spacious, its gestures and material refined...memorable, cool and restrained, but always at the service of the emotional idea behind it and says ofMammals of Southern Africa that it is a work of absolute stylistic unity...(which) found a range of colour and spareness in the piano trio texture that should be a model for students attempting this most challenging of combinations.

Read the whole review here:

Portrait CD Cardiff Launch Concert with the Fidelio Trio

Cardiff University’s Concert Series hosts a launch concert for Robert’s chamber portrait CD which will be released later this year on the Métier label. The Fidelio Trio perform music from the disc.


Tuesday 1 October at 7.00pm

The Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan - violin; Robin Michael - cello; Mary Dullea - piano)

Concert Hall, Cardiff University School of Music