Pipe Organ Recitals
Upcoming Pipe Organ Recitals
Since the Department of UP Arts has taken over the management of the pipe organs on Hatfield Campus, we are now able to announce and present upcoming pipe organ recitals.
Leo Haese Lunch Hour Concert - Prof. Theo van Wyk
Organ Recital by Wesley Pietersen
Wesley Pietersen – A Concise Biography
Wesley Pietersen was born in Cape Town where his love for music began. He was first introduced to the organ in the New Apostolic Church by Marlon Marais when he was 8 years old. It was here where he heard one of his favourite organ works, Prelude in Classical Style by Gordon Young. This inspired him to dedicate himself to a life of music.
Wesley first took lessons arranged by the New Apostolic Church under the mentorship of Marlon Marais. After moving to Johannesburg, he enrolled at the National School of Arts (NSA) where he furthered his musical studies. During his high school years, he completed the UNISA Grade 8 Organ Performance examination under the guidance of Herman Jordaan.
After graduating high school, Wesley moved back to Cape Town and went on to give private music lessons (Organ and Piano) and studied toward a Diploma in Practical Music (Organ Performance) under the teaching of Dr Mario Nell at the University of Stellenbosch (US).
Wesley’s passion for music grew and he went on to study toward a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree specializing in organ performance at the North West University (Potchefstroom Campus) under Prof Daleen Kruger. Prof Theo van Wyk from the University of Pretoria has also been instrumental in developing Wesley’s interest in the organ to a higher level.
Wesley is a member of the South African Church Organists’ Society (SAKOV). He has been awarded bursaries by this society to further his development in organ studies He is currently the organist of the New Apostolic Church in Towerby, Johannesburg.
Organ Recital by Gerrit Jordaan
Gerrit Jordaan – A concise biography
Gerrit Jordaan studied organ under the guidance of Prof Stephan Zondagh (pupil of Marcel Dupré and Nadia Boulanger), Prof Wim Viljoen (pupil of Marie-Claire Alain) and Prof Daleen Kruger (pupil of Jean-Claude Zender). In 2007, he completed a DMus degree with a dissertation on Stefans Grové’s Afrika Hymnus II. This Hymnus was dedicated to Gerrit – as it was conceived in a dream wherein the composer heard him playing this work. Since his student days, Dr Jordaan has been involved with South African organ music, commissioning and preforming new works – of which some had been dedicated to him, writing articles on this repertoire, working towards performances with the insight of the composers, recording this repertoire, typesetting and adapting instrumental works to the organ. As an enthusiast of South African music, he presented recitals in Europe as well as Finland and Canada. In 2016, he was invited to play the final recital at the Klangzeit Festival for contemporary music in Münster, Germany. Some of his articles were published internationally in Het Orgel, Organ, Journal für die Orgel, Orgue Nouvelles, as well as in local academic publications. He wrote reports on the Stylus Phantasticus in the Praeludia of Dietrich Buxtehude and on the Choral Preludes of Johannes Brahms. He studied historical performance practice of standard repertoire in numerous masterclasses at UNISA Organ Simposia, Haarlem Summer Academia and in Pistoia from organists including Luigi Tagliavini, Harald Vogel, Ludger Lohmann, Bernard Lagacé, Wolfgang Zerer, Olivier Latry, Marie-Claire Alain and Szigmund Zsathmary. Some of Gerrit’s song cycles, instrumental works and didactic children operettas have been performed by various artists of which some can be viewed on YouTube. Until recently, Gerrit was chairman of the Southern African Organists’ Society (SAKOV). He compiled 3 volumes of original Southern African choral preludes and choir pieces for SAKOV. He is a member of VONKK – a committee that develops new Afrikaans church music – creating new songs, providing organ, choir and instrumental arrangements to this growing repertoire. He lives in Potchefstroom and is organist at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.
A Bach Celebration Organ Recital
JS Bach – A Concise Biography
Born on March 31, 1685, in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, Johann Sebastian Bach had an impressive musical ancestry and took on various organist positions during the early 18th century, composing famous works such as Toccata and Fugue in D minor. He developed and enhanced conventional German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which around two hundred survive. His music is admired and celebrated for its sheer technical facility, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth. Bach's abilities as an organist in his own right were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a resurgence of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. Bach died in Leipzig, Germany, on July 28, 1750. He is considered one of the greatest Western composers of all time.
Theo van Wyk – Biography
Theo van Wyk started taking piano lessons at an early age. After completing his high-school education, he enrolled for the four-year Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree at the University of the Free State under the mentorship of Dr Ernst Conradie (piano and organ), Prof Deon Lamprecht (organ) and Prof John Wille (violin). It was during this time that Theo received several awards and study bursaries. He obtained the University Performer’s Licentiate (UPLM) in organ at Unisa in 1998. He completed his BMus(Hons) and MMus degrees under the supervision of Prof Wim Viljoen at the University of Pretoria in 1999 and 2001, respectively. All of these were conferred cum laude. He completed his DMus, which was conferred upon him in September 2005. His thesis, written in partial fulfilment of the requirements for his DMus, was titled Die Harmonische Seelenlust (1733) by Georg Friedrich Kauffmann (1679–1735): a critical study of his registration indications. In this regard, Theo became the first person in South Africa to receive this instituted degree in organ performance, as well as the first person of colour to achieve this milestone in the field of music studies in South Africa. Theo has attended various masterclasses, seminars and workshops, both locally and internationally, under distinguished musicians and conductors such as Marie-Claire Alain (France), Jacques van Oortmerssen (the Netherlands), Harold Vögel (Germany), Daniel Roth (France), Pieter van Dijk (the Netherlands), John Scott (United Kingdom), Lüdger Lohmann (Germany) and Hans Davidsson (Sweden). He has given organ recitals and performances locally and abroad in, inter alia, Namibia, the Grote Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar (the Netherlands), Dunblane Cathedral, Paisley Abbey, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh (Scotland), Kaufbeuren (Germany) and Örgryte Nya Kyrka and Artisten in Göteborg (Sweden). He has conducted workshops on South African music and historical performance techniques in Scotland (Dunblane and Edinburgh), as well as in the United States of America (Boston, New Canaan, New York, Dallas). He also performed at the world premières of Richard Pantcheff’s Fantasia (2012) and Psalm prelude (2013). Established composers who have dedicated works to him and premiered by him include Prof Henk Temmingh, Prof Alexander Johnson and Lance Phillip. Theo served as Chief Adjudicator of the Transnet Foundation National Internal Choirs Competition. He moreover serves as external examiner for postgraduate music examinations and theses at the University of Pretoria and North-West University. In 2011 he was appointed National Secretary of the Southern African Church Organists’ Society. He has featured on television in Ouverture on KykNet and in Koning van instrumente on RSG. From 2005 to 2015 he was the Director of Music and Music Centre Manager of the Performing Arts Centre at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Pretoria. Prof Theo van Wyk was appointed as Head of the Department of UP Arts in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria during March 2015.
For more information please contact:
Department of UP Arts
Tel: 012 420 5450
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