Orchestrating a world-class music centre
The Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre aspires to:
Harness music education to precipitate the development of twenty -first century workplace skills such as creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
Nurture the inherent musical abilities of all our learners from diverse communities to achieve their full musical potential.
Create a safe haven for all our learners by cultivating a culture of inclusivity.
Provide a holistic music
Be a South African home for international teaching artists.
Create a lifelong enjoyment of music while encouraging the audiences of the future.
Provide dedicated and professional musical leadership to the South African music education environment.
Offer learners and educators a platform to participate in music-making at a national and international level.
The pillars on which we build
Meet our team of dedicated staff members
Dr Arisa Voges - Saxophone & Clarinet
Strings, Harp & Guitar
Ms Zelda Wepner - Violin & Viola
Zelda Wepner (née Hofstander) graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with a BMus (2004) and HonsBA (2005) and also obtained her UTLM (violin) in 2008. She studied violin with Suzanne Martens and piano with Dr Liezl-Maret Jacobs. She gained teaching experience working part-time at the Beau Soleil and Frank Pietersen Music Centres and the Redefine Music Project in Kuilsrivier. Zelda has received merit awards from Unisa for outstanding teaching and has been asked to adjudicate at Eistedfoddau. She has been a committee member of the South African Society for Music Teachers since 2011 – 2018. Zelda was invited to join the board of Unisa examiners in 2016 and is currently an active Unisa examiner. Teaching is her passion and many of her students have pursued a career in music.
Ms Felicia Salies Petersen - Violin & Viola
Felicia Salies-Petersen, an alumnus of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre received Violin lessons from Mrs Charlene Bogenhagen and was a member of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre’s Senior String Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Throughout her school years she participated in various Eisteddfodau, Music competitions and Music festivals. She obtained her Diploma in Practical Music (CUM LAUDE) and Advanced Diploma in Practical Music (CUM LAUDE) from the University of Stellenbosch under the tutelage of Mrs Suzanne Martens. Felicia received masterclasses from Madeleine Adkins (USA), Louise Landsdowne (UK) and Ilya Gringolts (RUSSIA) during her studies and has had the opportunity to perform as orchestra member with Joshua Bell, Pinchas Zuckermann, Daniel Rowland and Priya Mitchell as soloists. Teaching is her passion and she is a firm believer that music has the ability to touch, inspire and connect people.
Ms Lee-Ann Cloete - Violin & Viola
Ms Kaylin Levendal - Violin & Viola
Ms Lynne Donson - Cello
Ms Amanda van der Westhuizen - Guitar
Mr Michal George - Guitar
Ms Kobie du Plessis - Harp
Woodwinds & Voice
Mr Liam Burden - Saxophone & Clarinet
Saxophonist and conductor Liam Burden is based at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow, Cape Town, where he teaches saxophone and clarinet and is principal conductor of the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra. Liam graduated, cum laude, from the University of Stellenbosch with a specialization in saxophone performance. While an honours student he was afforded the opportunity to do a semester of study at the West Virginia University, USA, under Dr Michael Ibrahim. As a saxophonist, Liam has competed in all the major competitions in South Africa and given numerous performances. Most recently he formed part of the Connections Saxophone Quartet, made up of French and South African saxophonists, and performed to rave reviews in a two-week tour along the southern coast of South Africa. As a conductor Liam has conducted performances with the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra at the Greyton/Genadendal Classics for all Festival, the Tulbagh Arts Festival and many concerts in the Hugo Lambrechts auditorium including the annual Hugo Lambrechts Concerto Festival often premiering new South African compositions. Liam was musical director of the musical Brothers which was staged at the HB Thom theatre in Stellenbosch, and the conductor of the first KOMPOS Concert. Further conducting commitments include conducting for the WCED Prestige Concert, which afforded top achieving grade 12 learners the opportunity to perform concerti with a professional orchestra, and conductor for a faculty concert at the 2014 Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival made up of international musicians from South Africa and the USA. Liam is a part-time saxophone lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch.
Ms Jeanie Kelly - Flute
Ms Charlene Saayman - Clarinet & Saxophone
Mr John Ross Bowers - Oboe
Ms Caron Tremble - Bassoon
Ms Marcelle Steinmetz - Voice
Brass & Percussion
Ms Lee-Roy Simpson - Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium & Tuba
Mr Renaldo Wales - Trumpet
Renaldo started playing the trumpet in 2004 in the church brigades and took lessons at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. He was principal trumpeter of the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra as well as the Hugo Lambrechts Symphonic Wind Band and in 2009 he became the principal trumpeter of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
Renaldo completed his studies at the University of Stellenbosch in 2014 and started his teaching career thereafter. During his time at Stellenbosch University he was principal trumpeter of the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band and Brass Ensemble. He is also a member of WindWorx and Cape Town Brass.
Renaldo was selected as on-stage trumpeter to perform Porgy and Bess in Téatro Real, Madrid (2015), Téatro Colon, Buenos Aires – Argentina (2016) and in South Korea (2018) with the Cape Town Opera.
He has received masterclasses from Manu Asensi (Spain), Pièrre Du Tôt (France), Leon Pétré (Belgium), Hans Zeller (Germany), Rik Ghesquière (Belgium), Francesc Castello (Spain) and Richard Gonzalez (Spain).
Ms Lindsay Mulgrew - French Horn & Piano
Ms Suzette Brits - Percussion
Piano & Music Theory
Ms Carike Byker - Piano & Theory
Ms Tessa De Groote - Piano
Tessa De Groote obtained her BMus and Piano Performer’s Licentiate (Chamber Music) through UNISA, with the late Professor Lamar Crowson as her instructor. During these years, she and her ensemble won third and the year after, second prize, at the Oude Meester National Chamber Music Competition. She also appeared several times as soloist with the CTSO. After 10 years of teaching and doing accompanying work at Herschel Girls School, she returned to freelancing, teaching from home and accompanying for exams and eisteddfods, as well as doing some film music composition and attending Vocal Accompaniment courses in France. She is currently studying the Taubman piano method, an ergonomic approach to the piano developed by American piano professor Dorothy Taubman.
Ms Merinda van Rensburg - Financial Officer
Ms Mariette van Wyngaardt - Administrative Officer
Mr Raymond Fernandez - General Assistant
Mr Calvin Andrew - General Assistant
Mr Francois February - General Assistant
Governing Board Members
|Ms Aneesa Parker||Chairperson|
|Mr Quintes Venter||Deputy Chairperson|
|Ms Anita Benjamin||Treasurer|
|Ms Charlene Saayman||Secretary|
|Dr SM Voges||Principal|
|Ms Nazli Boer||Parent|
|Ms Charlyn Goliath||Parent|
|Mr Liam Burden||Teacher|
|Mr Francois February||General Assistant|
|Ms Aneesa Parker|
|Mr Quintes Venter|
|Ms Anita Benjamin|
|Ms Charlene Saayman|
|Dr SM Voges|
|Ms Nazli Boer|
|Ms Charlyn Goliath|
|Mr Liam Burden|
|Mr Francois February|
In the 1980s, Mr Hugo Lambrechts, a former official of the Western Cape Education Department, raised the question as to why there are so few South African instrumentalists in our professional symphony orchestras. The answer, according to him, was that we did not have educational facilities where our children could start instrumental tuition at a young age. Mr Lambrechts wanted a music centre in the Parow area to serve the community of the northern suburbs. Although he was told that there was no money for such a centre, he persisted and used limited funds over a 3-year period and in 1986 established the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in the old Parow Primary School, at the corner of Picton and Alexandra Streets.
The original school building situated on the premises, was once known as the Parow Public School. Dating back to 1903, this section today houses the Brass and Percussion department. Parow Public School grew rapidly and by 1912 another building was added, now housing the Hugo Lambrechts Strings’ Department and several administrative and performance venues. By 1949/1950 the Parow Public School building was enlarged to accommodate 800 school pupils up to what was then known as Standard 6 (now Grade 8). This section of the building now houses the Woodwinds, Singing, Piano and Guitar Departments.
In 1953, at its 50th birthday celebrations, the Parow Public School was renamed the Parow Primary School. Numbers dwindled thereafter as Parow developed into an industrial area, resulting in parts of the building being converted to the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in 1986. By 1989 all the remaining Parow Primary learners were transferred to Parow East Primary School and the Music Centre took over the entire premises. The late Leon Hartshorne was appointed the first principal in 1986. His 3 heads of department were Louis van der Watt (Strings), Darryl Walters (Woodwinds) and Faan Malan (Brass). Their mission was to provide instrumental music tuition to school-going learners primarily in the northern suburbs of Cape Town.
With an initial emphasis on symphonic wind, percussion, and string instrument tuition, the prospect of establishing ensembles, wind bands and string orchestras was soon to become a reality. This has remained and integral part of the curriculum today. Fulfilling Mr Lambrechts’s dream, the development of the various bands and orchestras as well as the fast-progressing learners culminated in the formation of the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra which had its debut performance, under the baton of Leon Hartshorne, at the five-year celebration of the Music Centre in 1991.
Another dream came true in 2002 when the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium was completed. This world class concert venue, which seats 450 people and can handle an entire symphony orchestra and choir on its stage, has, since its completion, prompted performances by local and international artists on a yearly basis. It is also home to two of the largest music competitions in the country, the Hubert van der Spuy National Youth Music Competition (for primary school learners) and the National Youth Music Competition (for high school learners). It has also proved to be an important performance platform for all learners at the Music Centre, a privilege that very few other educational institutions in South Africa can boast with.
A combined passion for the importance of community development, and the irreplaceable role that music can play in this endeavour, lead to the establishing of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Development Programme in 2002. Initially, with just one school from the surrounding areas, the programme now provides music tuition to learners from six different partnership schools.
Over the years the Music Centre has expanded to not only include woodwind, brass and percussion instruments but also singing, guitar, piano, harp, and theory tuition to its list of offered subjects. Heads of department who succeeded the initial management team have included Madelein van Rooyen, Lida Pieterse, Leonore Ehlers and Charlene Bogenhagen (Strings), Arisa Voges and Carin Bam (Woodwinds) and Johann Pretorius and George Foster (Brass). After the untimely death of Leon Hartshorne in 2012, Leonore Ehlers took over as principal and upon her retirement she was succeeded by Arisa Voges in 2017.
Learners from the Music Centre have gone on to further their music tuition at all the leading tertiary institutions in South Africa and take up teaching roles in schools, institutions, and orchestras around the country. Many of our learners have also furthered their music studies and careers at leading institutions and conservatoires abroad.
From early on it was evident that the level of instruction received at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre was on par with anywhere in the world as our learners were featuring prominently in competitions across the country and even abroad. This is a feature that has remained strong to this day with learners regularly achieving great success in all the leading competitions across the country. We are proud to say that several Hugo Lambrechts learners have been announced as overall winners in all the major primary school and high school competitions over the years:
- Sharon de Kock (Violin): Winner, SANLAM National Music Competition for Primary School Pupils, 1990
- Sarah Oates (Violin): Winner, National Youth Music Competition, 1990
- Magdalena de Vries (Percussion): Winner, ATKV Forte Competition, 1994
- Birgit Seifart (Violin): Winner, SANLAM National Music Competition for Primary School Pupils, 1996
- Ilse Minnie (Percussion): Winner, ATKV Prelude Competition, 1999
- Hamman Schoonwinkel (Saxophone): Winner, SANLAM National Music Competition for Primary School Pupils, 2006, and National Youth Music Competition, 2009
- Qden Blaauw (Piano): Winner, SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy Music Competition for Primary School Pupils, 2016
- Cameron Williams (Saxophone): Winner, ATKV Muziq Competition, 2018
Orchestral and ensemble tours have also been part and parcel of the Hugo Lambrechts year plan from the outset, with the most recent tour to Eastern Europe in 2016.
At present 12 full-time and 10 part-time specialised music teachers provide tuition for learners from all sectors of our diverse community. Initially focused on providing instrumental to learners from the northern suburbs of Cape Town, the Music Centre has widened its learner base to include pupils from as far away as Citrusdal and Malmesbury.