silver mountain music festival swellendam
The Silver Mountain Music Festival took place over the June long weekend and kicked off its second annual festival with an elegant stroke in Swellendam on the evening of 15 June at Schoone Oordt.
Still in its baby shoes the Silver Mountain Music Festival celebrates music and nature to the benefit of the community and conservation projects of the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy. The Grootvadersbosch Valley is a spectacularly scenic valley situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain between Suurbraak and Heidelberg and is known for its indigenous vegetation of Fynbos and Renosterveld amongst others – both endangered vegetation in South Africa. The aim of the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy is the protection of the indigenous ecosystems of the Grootvadersbosch Valley. Their conservancy projects include alien clearing, fire management, trail building and environmental education to name a few. This non-profit conservancy consists of 35000 hectares of privately owned land in the Grootvadersbosch Valley and is independent of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve headed by Cape Nature. The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy aims to engage the communities of both Suurbraak and Heidelberg through their array of projects by providing employment and capacity building. It’s an initiative close to our heart and we once again jumped at the opportunity to be part of this special festival.
For one night only The Conservatory Restaurant is transformed into an intimate concert hall where festival goers come to enjoy the classical music performance. The splendid evening started off with dinner in our dining room and drinks served in our bar and lounge area after which festival goers was swept away by the music of the Odeion String Quartet.
All the way from the Free State the Odeion String Quartet is the flagship of the arts at the University of the Free State and is the only residential university string quartet in South Africa. With one of their members currently touring the quartet entertained with a number of enchanting trio and duet performances. It was such a joyous evening and we’re happy that the festival got off to a wonderful start.
The festivities continued throughout the weekend with a jam-packed program on Friday and Saturday consisting of guided walks, music workshops, cheese tasting and more classical music performances to name a few and ended on Sunday with a performance by the Heidelberg Rejoice choir.
We hope to remain part of the magical Silver Mountain Music Festival and support the wonderful projects of the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy. You don’t have to be classical music expert to enjoy this festival – it is a lovely winter weekend break-away for the entire family.
Thank you to Elana van Zyl for the gorgeous pictures!