About Us

ABOUT US

South Africa’s number one baroque ensemble.

Camerata Tinta Barocca, founded by violinist Quentin Crida in July 2004, is a Cape Town-based baroque ensemble consisting of a core of string players with harpsichord. Its name is derived from the musicians’ passion for baroque music and red wine. The members include some of Cape Town’s finest musicians who embrace a historically informed performance practice approach. CTB’s concerts have been broadcast on Fine Music Radio and have received critical acclaim in the Cape Times and Die Burger. Mostly playing music from the 18 th century, CTB has worked with leaders in their fields, such as baroque violinists Antoinette Lohmann and Pauline Nobes; violinists David Juritz, Darragh Morgan and Zoe Beyers; countertenor Christopher Ainslie; male soprano Philipp Mathmann; recorder player Stefan Temmingh; mandolin player Alon Sariel and conductor Arjan Tien.

Apart from CTB’s annual concert series in their home, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Cape Town, the ensemble regularly accompanies opera and oratorio performances, and performs in festivals throughout South Africa. CTB also has an active outreach component, which includes an annual educational tour to the West Coast, the Sunshine Tour (an outreach programme for people unable to attend concerts because they are elderly, indigent or disabled in some way), as well as a regular collaboration with the Keiskamma Music Academy in the Eastern Cape.

Since 2011 CTB has gradually moved towards playing on period instruments. Currently it is the only period ensemble in South Africa that regularly plays in orchestral format, performing most of its annual concerts on period instruments. In 2013 CTB, in collaboration with the Cape Consort, gave the first South African period performance of Handel’s Messiah. During November 2016 CTB played for the first Cape Town Opera production with a period instrument orchestra, in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, directed by Jaco Bouwer and conducted by Erik Dippenaar. In December 2016 CTB was nominated for a KYKNET Fiesta award for a programme titled Handel in the drawing room presented during the 2016 Klein Karoo Klassique festival.

In 2015 CTB set up a collaboration with the early music ensemble Collegium Musicum at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, through which two student cadets annually receive hands-on training in period performance in CTB projects. The cadet scheme is generously supported by the Claude Leon Foundation. In July 2015 Erik Dippenaar was appointed Artistic Director of CTB, Michael Maas (former CEO of the Artscape Theatre Centre) as Administrative Coordinator, and Cheryl de Havilland as Outreach Coordinator.

THE TEAM

Erik Dippenaar – Artistic Director

In 2003 Erik Dippenaar obtained the degree BMus (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, and was awarded a MMus (with distinction) by the Royal College of Music in London in 2007. The following year he completed an Artist Diploma in Performance at the Royal College under Jane Chapman (harpsichord) and Geoffrey Govier (fortepiano).

As a student in South Africa, Erik won most of the important music competitions, including the ABSA National Youth Music Competition (2000), UNISA National Organ Competition (2001), Mabel Quick Bursary Competition (2001), ATKV Musiq Competition (2002), the organ category of Distell Music Competition (2002) and the Unisa Overseas Bursary competition (2003).

From 2005 to 2011 Erik was based in London, where he played in various important early music festivals such as the Greenwich Early Music Festival, the London Handel Festival, the Brighton Early Music Festival and the Trigonale Festival der Alten Musik. His primary activity is chamber music and he has performed regularly with Florilegium, The London Handel Players, l’Avventura London, Amaranthos and Spirituoso. He also worked with the English Touring Opera, the Little Baroque Company and Ensemble Serse on a regular basis.

While in Londen, Erik gave regular solo recitals, which included a recital for the British Harpsichord Society, as well as regular broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. In 2010 he made his debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Erik was one of the official accompanists for the annual London Handel Singing Competition, and in March 2008 he was awarded the competition’s Accompanist’s Prize. He won the RCM Early Music Competition twice, and was a member of the group Musici Infaticabili, who won the Broadwood Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition in Fenton House in May 2008. During 2008/2009 Erik was appointed as Mills/Williams Junior Fellow at the RCM, and he taught harpsichord at the Centre for Young Musicians in London.

Erik is currently Artistic Director of the Cape Town-based baroque orchestra Camerata Tinta Barocca, a member of the period ensemble The Cape Consort and a part-time lecturer in Western music history and historical performance practice at the University of Cape Town. He is now studying towards a PhD in music at UCT, focussing on the role historical domestic keyboard instruments played in the colonisation process in Southern Africa. He has recently been awarded a Research Associateship by the University of Cape Town.

Michael Maas – Administrative Coordinator

Michael Maas is an accomplished pianist and holds a Masters Degree in Music. In 1985 and 1986 he studied piano at the Ithaca College for performing Arts in Ithaca, New York. In 1982 he was lecturer in music at the University of Port Elizabeth and later became Director of UPE Cultura.

In 1997 he was appointed as the CEO of Artscape, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 2014. His Masters Degree in Business Leadership (UNISA) played an invaluable role in the transformation of this institution within the South African context.

The well-known National Youth Music Competition was started by him in 1984, and he continues to drive this initiative. He regularly acts as adjudicator for national and local music and arts events. This has included the SASOL Music Prize, the SABC Music Prize, the ABSA National Youth Competition, various ATKV competitions, the Artscape National Youth Music Competition, the FMR Music Prize and acting as Chairperson of the 2011 ATKV Muziq Competition.

Michael has been an accompanist for soloists and chamber music recitals and was an official accompanist for the UNISA / Transnet String Competition in 1992. He is also active as an external evaluator for tertiary institutions.

Cheryl de Havilland – Outreach Coordinator

Cheryl de Havilland was born in London and began playing the cello at the age of 8. At 11 she won a bursary to study music at the Royal College of Music. Cheryl first came to South Africa for the inauguration of the Pretoria State Opera House, and then to Cape Town as co-principal cellist in the Capab Orchestra. Later she joined the CTSO and CTPO. She was cellist in the Cape Town String Quartet for many years and plays concerts regularly with the cello sextet, I Grandi Violoncellisti. Cheryl is also an established cello teacher in the Cape.

Honorary Patrons

Antoinette Lohmann, Dr Barry Smith.

Trustees

Grant Bräsler, Quentin Crida, Erik Dippenaar, Adriaan Fuchs, Michael Maas, Sue Smith (Chair).