Residents of Stanford and music lovers from from as far afield as Pringle Bay and Caledon in the Overberg were treated to a delightful concert by Dutch musicians, organist Martin Mans of the Breeplein Church in Rotterdam and panflautist Carina Bossenbroek. Guest performer was local soprano  Bea Whittaker whose voice, dare I say it, is beatific.

 

The acoustics in the NG Kerk in Stanford are superb, enhancing the music that was profoundly stirring and exalting. The performance was infused with humour and warmth too, although much of what Mans had to say was said in Dutch – which was double Dutch for some of us Engelsmense!

Dutch musicians Martin Mans and Carina Bossenbroek. Image from Stanford Tourism

Dutch musicians Martin Mans and Carina Bossenbroek. Image from Stanford Tourism

The programme included the well-known Halleluja (composed by Leonard Cohen and sung locally by Elvis Blue) and the popular Highland Cathedral as well as

– Exodus [E. Gold/arr. M. Mans]
– Hallelujah [L. Cohen]
– Tango’s [A. Malando]
– Highland Cathedral [arr. J.M. Mans]
– Hora de concert [Roemeense traditional]
– Elegie [traditional]
– Heer u bent mijn leven [arr. N. van Middelkoop]
– Arioso [J.S. Bach]
– Tiganesc [N. van Middelkoop]
– Main umet [Mijn zorgen]

The concert was organised by Phil Pienaar.

Although “My Way” was not in the evening’s repertoire (I don’t think the request for it was heard!) for those who have not heard a performance by Martin Mans, here is his version of this popular song.

 

 Viv von der Heyden