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Applications for BMus First Year Bursary is now open

Date Released : 27/09/2017

Applications for the Department of Music & Musicology's First Year BMus Bursary (2019) is now open

Rhodes PhD graduate scores triumph for Mandela heritage

Date Released : 13/08/2018

South African composer, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, who graduated from Rhodes University with PhD in Composition earlier this year, was commissioned by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra (one of the top 10 US orchestras) to write a work in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary.

National Grahamsown Music Competition Results

Date Released : 09/07/2018

The 12 National Grahamstown Music Competition 2018, hosted by the Department of Music and Musicology Rhodes University from 21-23 June 2018, was an inspiring three days of exciting music-making. Taking place annually the weekend before the NAF kicks off, the NGM competition inevitably leaves audience members, teachers and young performers with the happy impression that SA youngsters have musical talent beyond measure. This year’s competition was no exception, with our young performers once again displaying astonishing musical prowess on the Beethoven Room’s stage.

CONGRATULATIONS to all our undergraduate and postgraduate students who performed in NAF productions this year.

Date Released : 09/07/2018


Rhodes lecturers honoured for receiving Vice Chancellor’s Awards

Date Released : 08/03/2018

The Rhodes University community along with various guests gathered recently at the Blue Lecture Theatre in Eden Grove to celebrate Prof Catherine Foxcroft and Dr Jennifer Williams for having received the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award for 2015.

The 12th National Grahamstown Music Competition 21-23 June 2018

Date Released : 29/01/2018

The competition is designed to foster upcoming musical talent in South Africa in a supportive style. The Grahamstown Competition invites applications for any instrument or voice from musicians nationwide who are under the age of 25.

Dr Hugh Masekela, the end of a remarkable life

Date Released : 23/01/2018

The Rhodes University community is saddened by the passing of one of its alumni, Dr Ramapolo Hugh Masekela, this morning after a protracted and courageous ten-year battle with prostate cancer.

South African Jazz Studies: The RU Connection

Date Released : 24/10/2017

Many people think of South African jazz solely in terms of performance, but it is also an important and growing field in music research. The most recent issue of the Georg August University Gottingen journal The World of Music (New Series) is a special themed issue focusing on South African jazz culture.

RU Symphony Gala Concert

Date Released : 28/09/2017

Music warms the Guy Butler Theatre By Uvile Ximba This Thursday, at the Monument’s Guy Butler Theatre, the Rhodes Gala Concert brought together musicians for a presentation of classical compositions. Rhodes University’s Chamber Choir, Instrumental Music Studies Vocalists and the Rhodes Band, in collaboration with musicians from Nelson Mandela University, Pretoria and King William’s Town, composed a beautiful evening of music.

Apply for 2017 programmes

Date Released : 19/01/2017

We want young South African musicians to have the opportunity to audition - can you help us spread the word? Information is available on www.sanyo.org.za

Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching awards 2015

Date Released : 19/02/2016

At Senate on Friday 20th November, the winners of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Awards were announced as follows:

German Music Scholars' Visit Affirms Their Interest in the RU Department of Music and Musicology

Date Released : 11/08/2015

The Department of Music was privileged to host two scholars from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, in Germany, from 3-6 August. They are Professor Eva-Maria von Adam-Schmidmeier and Professor Tiago Pinto.

Department of Music and Musicology Welcomes International Guests

Date Released : 29/05/2015

The Department of Music recently hosted several overseas visitors in the Department.

Music and Musicology Student Participates in Student Exchange Program

Date Released : 29/05/2015

Rhodes Department of Music and Musicology student Sikilelwa Qwazi will be attending the University of Washington DC as an exchange student next semester.

MMus Student Plays Carnegie Hall

Date Released : 31/10/2014

Justin Bellairs, an MMus Student at Rhodes University Department of Music and Musicology, played at Carnegie Hall in New York on Thursday 30 November.

Sax master recital

Date Released : 24/09/2014

Saxophonist Paul Richard performed a contemporary classical programme for his Masters Recital on Tuesday 30 September.

Composer Clare Loveday Gives Lecture at Rhodes

Date Released : 03/10/2014

On Thursday 2 October 2014, Composer Clare Loveday gave a lecture at Rhodes University entitled "Colliding Projects: Creating Inter-disciplinary projects for society, through society."

Ricardo Colima (Universidad de Magallanes, Chile) Gives Lecture at Rhodes

Date Released : 31/08/2014

On Monday, 25 August, Ricardo Colima of the Universidad de Magallanes in Chile gave an inspiring talk on the rise of community and university based orchestras in Chile since the 1970s.

National Grahamstown Music Competition 2014

Date Released : 28/08/2014

The National Grahamstown Music Competition 2014 was hosted by Rhodes University Department of Music and Musicology from 18 – 21 June 2014.

Jazz muso loves her music, continues to develop talent

Date Released : 19/08/2014

EAST London-born jazz muso Babs Kakaza has performed on stages across the world but then fell pregnant and moved back home to settle down.

World-class classical trio in PE performance

Date Released : 22/04/2014

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University department of music in collaboration with Rhodes University is hosting a performance by the internationally acclaimed Chameleon Trio tomorrow.

Learners from Township Schools Attend Music Department Students' Concert

Date Released : 06/03/2014

Music Department students Christo Greyling and Paul Richard performed in front of an enthusiastic audience last night. The audience included learners from Ntsika and Nombulelo High Schools involved in the Access Music Project and the Grahamstown Field Band Foundation at the Joza Youth Hub.

Rhodes alumni awarded prestigious international scholarship

Date Released : 23/06/2014

Two Rhodes University alumni, Dylan Smith and Timothy Abel, were recently awarded prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

Jill Richards and Christophe Fellay at Rhodes

Date Released : 06/03/2014

The Gardens of the Equinox project is a duo comprising of pianist Jill Richards and composer and drummer Christophe Fellay. Richards and Fellay performed at Rhodes Department of Music and Musicology on Tuesday last week.

Music Student Awarded Mandela Rhodes Scholarship

Date Released : 14/02/2014

The Department of Music and Musicology is proud to announce that one of its post-graduate students, Nicole Germiquet, was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.

Music Student Awarded St Andrews College Rhodes Scholarship

Date Released : 14/02/2014

Music Student Awarded St Andrews College Rhodes Scholarship

Contemporary works in piano recital

Date Released : 07/10/2013

A composition based on a letter written in prison by Irish writer Oscar Wilde will be among the less commonly heard works in Thursday 2 October's concert by Grahamstown pianist Mareli Stolp.

Superb performance at Sax Soiree

Date Released : 11/10/2013

Classics at The Castle presented an evening with something different and superb at the Springtime Sax Soiree on Friday, 4 October.

Brother who blew fresh life into jazz

Date Released : 05/10/2013

Biography pays tribute to the innovative South African pianist and arranger Chris McGregor.

JAZZ: Remembering the remarkable Chris McGregor

Date Released : 02/10/2013

Had he lived — he died in 1990 — jazzman Chris McGregor would be in his 80s now. But, like jazz veterans across the globe, he would probably still be surprising audiences with harmonic innovation. Health permitting, jazz isn’t a calling in which years mean much.

Celebrating 60 years

Date Released : 22/08/2013

The Rhodes Chamber Choir will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Saturday by bringing former members and music lovers together, while raising funds for charity.

An evening of beguiling Baroque music

Date Released : 21/08/2013

Solo tenor and music teacher Mr Sibusiso Mkhize presented an engaging and technically adept concert recently at Beethoven Room in the Music Department.

A most prized accomplishment

Date Released : 27/06/2013

A young Pietermaritzburg musician will be performing at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this weekend, as part of the National Youth Orchestra.

Generations of Jazz Exhibition

Date Released : 20/06/2013

The launch of the “Generations of Jazz Exhibition” at the Red Location Museum, on Friday, 21 June 2013 from 19:00 is already fully booked.

Making things happen in a tough industry: a musician’s tale

Date Released : 13/05/2013

Christo Greyling is a student in the Music Department studying towards his Bachelor of Music degree. He is an intelligent young man with a passion for music and has dedicated his life to playing and teaching music.

Bringing back the ‘Little Jazz City’ legacy

Date Released : 04/04/2013

MORE than 60 years ago, Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, was South Africa’s "Little Jazz City". Almost every black home hosted an instrument, or a player or singer of note, and musical dynasties such as the Matshikiza family were being established.

Music crosses borders in grand concert plan

Date Released : 16/03/2013

FROM classical music to proudly South African offerings and jazz, an innovative alliance will showcase an exciting blend of local talent and visiting performers on stages in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Jazz duo impressive performance

Date Released : 13/03/2013

“Sublime” was how one audience member described the music of renowned South African jazz musicians and composers, Andre Petersen and Feya Faku.

Blowing the blues down Hill Street

Date Released : 25/02/2013

Jazz and blues lovers no longer have to wait until the Arts Festival to get their fix of swinging music in Grahamstown.

Progress and neglect

Date Released : 30/01/2013

The invitation extended this year to SA born composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen by the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) is of significance, especially in the context of SA classical music.

Congratulations: Christo Greyling

Date Released : 29/10/2012

Christo Greyling, a second year student studying piano with Catherine Foxcroft at Rhodes University Department of Music and Musicology, won second place (R 11,300.00) in the prestigious 2012 UNISA South African Music Scholarship competition on 19 October 2012.

One-man history with some high notes

Date Released : 06/07/2012

Rhodes student Brett de Groot, a Rhodes University student is debuting a musical tribute at this year’s Festival, and it promises to be anything but ordinary.

Choral treat in George on 8 September

Date Released : 04/09/2012

The George Male Voice Choir, conducted by Jan-Erik Swart, will be hosting a unique choral concert on Saturday 8 September.

Music student awarded Commonwealth Scholarship

Date Released : 05/09/2012

Mia Pistorius has been offered a Commonwealth Scholarship to study towards an MPhil in Music Performance at the University of Oxford.

Historical music exhibit brings its sounds to EL

Date Released : 03/09/2012

Historical music exhibit brings its sounds to EL AN ACCLAIMED travelling exhibition, For Future Generations by the late Hugh Tracey, opened at the East London Museum on Thursday night.

Here's to homegrown talent

Date Released : 14/06/2012

“Ways to keep warm” could have been the subtitle of the Grahamstown Sextet’s concert on a cold, wet night this week.v

Festival classical clash, a crescendo of note

Date Released : 08/06/2012

BOXERS use gloves, while classical musicians use pianos and brass and string instruments to blow your mind. Some go as far as to say boxing is less painful than a classical maestro match-up.

Grahamstown talent comes together for final concert

Date Released : 11/10/2011

PRISCILLA HALL The final concert of the Grahamstown Music Society's 2011 series, on Tuesday 18 October, is an entirely French programme of chamber music from Paris, played by Grahamstown's own musical heroes.

“Symbolic mobility of what we call jazz”

Date Released : 20/01/2012

Since South Africa emerged from cultural isolation, the challenges of a globalised jazz industry has led to live performance becoming the dominant means of expression. Black jazz artists express performance confidence in ways very different to their fellows who were performing under the harsh apartheid laws, says Professor David Coplan of Wits University.

"The time in SA when the ideas underlying music get their most vigorous airing"

Date Released : 18/01/2012

Today (January 18) is the second and final day of the Rhodes University History, Politics and Aesthetics of Jazz Conference: an opportunity for scholars to draw together the various threads of inquiry that currently characterise the study of South African jazz culture.

“Segregation functioned as a structural condition for the emergence of jazz”

Date Released : 18/01/2012

The emergence of jazz as a genre at the same time as the “Jim Crow” segregation laws were enacted in America, came under the spotlight during the keynote address delivered by Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African-American music at Harvard University, at the “Histories, Aesthetics and Politics of South African Jazz” Symposium held at Rhodes.

A symposium to preserve a rich Eastern Cape jazz heritage

Date Released : 16/01/2012

Rhodes University will be hosting a Histories, Aesthetics and Politics of South African Jazz Symposium from 17 – 18 January 2012. The conference will take place in the Beethoven Room and will be officially opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat.