This year the Rocher family will bring to Spiritfest a mix of trios, duets and solos with the sounds of organ, piano, violin and viola.
Music has always been a very prominent feature in the Rocher Home. Cornelia (13) who has been playing since the age of 9 says “playing is my favourite thing to do, it is defiantly way above studying”, and will be playing the viola. While Cornelia’s younger brother Julius (12) has been playing the violin since he was 8 years old. Salomie, their mother, will be playing both the organ and the piano, which she started to learn at the young age of three years old. She then went on to obtain her Bachelor of Music Education from Stellenbosch and is currently the piano teacher at the Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) in Grahamstown. Conrad, her husband, will be playing the violin. The family has put many hours into preparing for the musical event, with Salomie writing the majority of the arrangements, matching each member’s solo musical pieces to their abilities and taste.
The family started playing in church at the end of 2017 at their Christmas service and then continued to play at special church events. Salomie notes that both Cornelia and Julius are part of music ensembles at their schools, the DSG and Saint Andrews College in Grahamstown respectively, and explains that this event will allow for them to both be challenged and extended as the pieces will allow for them to play their own solos.
During the ‘Be still and Know’ musical recital event, four different Taizé hymns will be played along with the well known ‘Be still and know I am God’ Christian hymn. Included in the performance will be a string trio, a violin duet and a solo from each musician with accompaniment.
Conrad and Salomie explain that Taizé hymns consist of the same short song repeated over and over with variations, and go onto explain that the event will feature contemplative as well as instrumental hymns.
The event promises to be a contemplative musical performance, played by a talented musical family. Be sure to catch the Rocher family and the ‘Be still and Know’ event on Sunday the 1st of July and Tuesday the 3rd of July from 12:00-12:40 at the NG Kerk on the corner of Hill and Market Streets.
For more about Spiritfest see http://www.grahamstowncathedral.org/spiritfest
By Samantha Carolus