Fund-raising concert to support St Luke’s

Soprano Cornelia Vos and pianist Albie van Schalkwyk have been doing fund-raising work for St Luke’s since 2014.

Soprano Cornelia Vos and pianist Albie van Schalkwyk will join baritone Donal Slemon for a fund-raising concert in aid of St Luke’s Combined Hospices.

Notes From My Journal II: Post Cards And Memories will take place at Erin Hall, Erin Road, Rondebosch, on Saturday September 9, from 6pm.

Vos, 61, of Edgemead, and Van Schalkwyk, of Mowbray, have supported several St Luke’s fund-raisers for almost a decade. Slemon, 57, of Somerset West will join them in concert as a guest performer.

Ms Vos says she has a deep love for the work done by St Luke’s, which has community hospices in Kenilworth, Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Table View and Fish Hoek.

“The service they have given to the community in the Cape Town region has continued to be excellent throughout decades. They have a wonderful team of experts and staff with a deep passion for their work.”

Vos and Van Schalkwyk each have more than 30 years of experience as performers. Vos featured in the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2013 performance of Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Durban Symphonic Choir’s performance, in the same year, of Handel’s Messiah. In 2009, Van Schalkwyk received the Huberte Rupert Prize from the South African Academy of Arts and Sciences for his contribution to ensemble playing and teaching. Slemon has performed with The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town as a bass soloist and was part of the ensemble cast of Lockdown Fallout, a musical murder mystery staged at the Fismer Hall, Stellenbosch University Konservatorium, last year.

The concert will include well known hits from musicals, including Cats and The Sound of Music, as well as songs by French singer Edith Piaf.

St Luke’s CEO, Dr Ronita Mahilall, thanked the musicians for their support. “This allows us to continue providing free quality palliative care towards our terminally ill patients and their families. We encourage all artists to consider having fund-raising concerts on our behalf as we rely solely on our own fund-raising initiatives and the generosity of the public at large.”

Tickets, which can be bought through Quicket, cost R180 and include a glass of wine or juice.

Baritone singer Donal Slemon is the guest performer at the concert.