Inaugural Lecture: Professor Rebekka Sandmeier

19 April 2018 | From the VC’s Desk

Dear colleagues and students

I write to invite you to the next Vice-Chancellor’s Inaugural Lecture, which will be presented by Professor Rebekka Sandmeier. In the third lecture of the 2018 series, Professor Sandmeier will deliver her lecture titled “In search of ‘The first South African composer’: The potholes and pitfalls of researching the history of Western music in South Africa”.

Professor Sandmeier is the director of UCT’s South African College of Music (SACM) and a historical musicologist with a keen interest in early music and historically informed performance. She studied music and modern English literature at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), where she completed her PhD in musicology in 1997. She worked in the field of musicology at the universities of Münster and Potsdam (Germany), before joining the SACM as a professor of musicology in 2011. Her current research centres on oratorios in 19th-century Germany, and on the collection history of the Grey Collection at the National Library of South Africa.

Since joining UCT, Professor Sandmeier has initiated a number of projects relating to early music and historically informed performance. She is currently leading a collaborative project between the SACM, the iThemba Labantu Lutheran Community Centre in Philippi and the Berliner Missionswerk. This project, titled “Music Changes Worlds”, aims to bring music education into townships by providing music lessons and stipends to aspiring young musicians.

Please join us for her inaugural lecture, where she will explore why a second-rate French actor, who sings and plays the Spanish guitar, would be called the first South African composer. She will also delve into the pitfalls and potholes of researching the history of Western music in South Africa through exploring the life (and after-life in scholarly literature) of Charles Etienne Boniface.

When: Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Where: Lecture Theatre 2, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town

Time: 17:30 (doors open at 17:00)

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance online by Monday, 23 April 2018.

For further information, please email or phone 021 650 3730 / 4847.

Due to limited space, seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Dr Max Price

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