Friday 16 September 19h00: University of Stellenbosch Symphonic Wind Ensemble (USSWE) with Rik Ghesquiére, SU Drama Department, and Children’s Choirs.

The University of Stellenbosch Symphonic Wind Ensemble (USSWE) is proud to present a concert for the whole family as part of the Endler Concert Series on Friday 16 September 2016 at 20h00. The concert is entitled “Lank, lank gelede” or “Once upon a time…” (Es war einmal… in German, Er was eens…in Flemish) which is also the title of the main work to be performed this evening composed by the Flemish composer, Jan van der Roost.

The evening will open with Sea Songs, by Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Dyptych, also by van der Roost and Themes from the Overture to the Magic Flute, arranged by Mike Hannickel. The text for Lank, lank gelede, originally in Flemish, has been translated into Afrikaans by Karin Maritz, adding a local flavor to this Belgian/South African collaboration.

USSWE will share the Endler stage with the Paarl Boys Primary School Choir and the renowned ERUB Children’s Choir, trained and conducted by ex-Matie, Martjie Burger, and former lecturer in the music department, Keith Jenneker, respectively. Parts for narrator, and actors will see the involvement of the Stellenbosch University Drama Department. The narrator will be played by Prof. Petrus du Preez, head of the Drama Department at the University.

Internationally acclaimed Belgian conductor, Rik Ghesquière will conduct this unique performance. This is the third year in which he will be working with the University of Stellenbosch Symphonic Wind Ensemble (USSWE) as guest conductor. Rik is also principal trumpeter in the Brussels Philharmonic and divides his time between playing and conducting both choirs and orchestras in Europe.

Learners from local primary schools are invited to attend this exciting evening, which will see traditional Fairy Tales “come to life” on the Endler stage.

Refreshments will be on sale during the interval.

Tickets for R50 (regular) and R30 (students and pensioners) are available now through Computicket and at the door. For more information contact Fiona Grayer at or 021 808 2358.