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Concert at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, April 2013

Celebrating South Africa’s Freedom Day on the 27th of April, four very special musicians played a fund-raising concert on the Quartet of Peace instruments at a great house in England. The day dawned sparkling and sunny at magnificent Boughton House in Northamptonshire, home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.   Distinguished guests were collected from the nearby train station, Kettering, while others drove up for the day’s events.  They included Lord and Lady Joffe, Dame Janet Suzman,  world-renowned chef  Prue Leith,  John Battersby (head of South Africa House), Anne Page (Honorary Consul for South Africa).

Boughton, known as The English Versailles, houses art lovers’ dreams which the audience were thrilled to experience first-hand. Amongst the treasures are phenomenal paintings, furniture, tapestries, and  Sevres .   There are over 40 grissailles of van Dyck’s , Gainsborough and Lely portraits, a number of Jean Baptiste Monnoyer flower paintings,  an early El Greco of ‘The Adoration of the Magi’, amongst the extensive collections.

After a tour of the house, the Duke took the delighted audience to briefly view some of Boughton’s  gardens, currently being restored after a couple of century’s rest. (The original Van Der Meulen designs being brought back to life include a broadwater, replanting of avenue trees of Boughton’s distinctive limes, re-digging certain reaches and basins, all something magnificent for future generations to look forward to.) The tour managed to also take in a sculpture by world renowned sculptor Angela Conner and the landform, Orpheus, by world famous landscape artist Kim Wilkie.

The concert itself, which took place in Boughton’s Great Hall, was introduced by the SA Peace Quartet Trust chairperson, Nick Segal. A twelve minute recent documentary film on the project was shown to the audience to help establish the links between concerts like this one and the work done with the funds raised back home in South Africa. The film situates the project firmly in the inspired lives of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Laureates: Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.  Eugene Skeef, a very charistmatic  composer/performer who was born in South Africa, wonderfully took the role of master of ceremonies for this concert.

The players included violinists Peter Thomas (of the world renowned Allegri Quartet and Orion Trio, as well as lead of the City  of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle),  Simiso Radebe (second year South African scholarship violin student at the Royal Academy of Music, London), Max Baillie (leading violinist and violist of his generation, principle violist in Aurora Orchestra, has appeared on stages from Carnegie Hall to Glastonbury from Mali to Moscow) and Jessica Bailey (cellist in the string quartet Evolution of 4, studied with Betty Pack, Pierre Fournier and then at the Royal College of Music under Joan Dickson). After beautifully played movements from Mozart, Borodin and Dvorak quartets, the musicians broke into Kwela and they improvised superbly.  Eugene had the entire audience dancing the Kwela – a thrilling and joyful way of ending the performance.

The visit ended with a glass of champagne and a true English tea. Guests stayed on and enjoyed themselves, thanks hugely to the Buccleuchs’ warm hospitality and the general excitement of an exceptional day. The day raised a significant amount for the SA Peace Quartet Trust, thanks going to our generous donors and to the Duke and Duchess and all at Boughton who made this not only a successful but wholly memorable occasion.

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