Since 2017, the annual Cape Town Baroque Festival (CTBF), presented by the Cape Town Baroque Orchestra, has been a highlight in the Cape Town music calendar.

The aims of the festival are to:

  • bring together early musicians from across South Africa in order to facilitate a creative exchange between local practitioners of a Historically Informed Performance approach
  • offer high-quality performances of a variety of early repertoires to audiences from Cape Town and surrounds
  • create a platform where internationally acclaimed early music performers can share their craft with local musicians and audiences
  • focus on the transferal of skills to young South African players and singers through the educational aspects of the festival

Customarily, the CTBF takes place in the week of Heritage Day (24 September).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 instalment of the Cape Town Baroque Festival, unfortunately, had to be cancelled. Making music is a collective act between musicians and the audience, and the thrill of experiencing this interaction in a live setting is a substantial part of what keeps us making music. We look forward to sharing this with our loyal festival audiences in 2021.

Follow the links to download the full festival programme of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 festivals.