Darling Music Experience: 7-9 & 14-16 February 2014

For two weekends in February, Darling comes alive to the sound of classical music. The theme of the 2014 Darling Music Experience is “Beethoven Comes to Darling”. Once again the programme offers a line up great music, food and wine in the rural setting of Darling – “only an hour from Cape Town… but a million miles away.”

Some of the highlights this year are the young soprano Hlengiwe Mkhawanazi, the composer in residence Mac McKenzie, the amazing jazz trio and many more… For the full programme see below and visit www.darlingmusic.org. For tickets, call Innes on 082 310 3404 or e-mail darlingmusicexperience@gmail.com.

Darling Music Experience 2014

Darling Music Experience Programme

I ♥ Darling Because…

This Q&A article was first published on the SA-Venues blog: http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/love-darling


Hi, I’m Paul Martin from Aloe Cottage in Darling.

Darling IS BEST KNOWN FOR its won­der­fully diverse spring flowers, the Voorkamerfest Theatre and Arts FestivalEvita se Perron (the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout), great wine farms, art gal­ler­ies, country-style res­taur­ants and bis­tros, the Duckitt orchid nurs­ery, the friendly small-town atmo­sphere and relaxed coun­try life.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Evita se Perron where you can pose as “the most fam­ous white woman in South Africa” and take a humor­ous trip down South Africa’s memory lane at Boerassic Park.
THE BEST spring flower PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Tinie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, Waylands Flower Reserve or at the orchid open days at Duckitt Nurseries on the first Saturday of the month from May to November.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS CAN BE TAKEN while sip­ping wine at some of the local wine farms like Ormonde, CloofDarling CellarsGroote Post and Tukulu.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO cycle around the vil­lage and farm­lands with my cam­era. The Nguni cattle at Oude Post Farm are par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful with their speckled hides and long horns.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO browse the amaz­ing selec­tion of books at Book League.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS any time of the year, BECAUSE sum­mer offers trips to nearby Yzerfontein beach and long warm even­ings around the braai. The Darling Music Experience clas­sical fest­ival takes place in February. Autumn is ideal for wine tast­ing while the vine­yards turn to orange and gold. Winter brings misty morn­ing walks, and cosy nights with good food and wine. Spring brings the annual Darling Wildflower Show, Voorkamerfest, Rocking the Daisies music fest­ival and so much more …

MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Chicory Cheese Café or Brig’s Barn.

FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST The Marmalade Cat.
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM Café Mosaic, known by the loc­als as ‘The Stoep’.
MY FAVOURITE bar­gain hunt­ing SPOT IS The Mantis Trading Store.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY Kraalbosdam on a Friday night.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO the Darling Country Market on the first Saturday morn­ing of the month at the Nitrophoska Building.

Darling’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS the local butchery, Darling Vleismark, per­fect for stock­ing up before return­ing to the city. And don’t miss the cheap homemade jams at the till!
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS enjoy the local beer, Darling Brew, avail­able at most res­taur­ants in Darling.

FOR SOME CULTURE , I LIKE TO GO TO the Voorkamerfest in September, where per­formers from South Africa and around the world give intim­ate per­form­ances in the ‘voork­amers’ (lounges) of houses in Darling. It is not to be missed.

TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO enjoy the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY mak­ing your own wine at the annual Darling Cellars Crush Day.
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS with my dogs at the Renosterveld Reserve at the top of the hill, where you have pan­or­amic views of the vil­lage and sur­round­ing farm­lands.
MY FAVOURITE gift and home­ware SHOP IS is the beau­ti­ful ware­house at the back of The Marmalade Cat.

MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS from the kit­chen win­dow at Aloe Cottage, where the weaver birds put on a fant­astic dis­play build­ing their nests and show­ing off their dexterity.

IF YOU’RE HERE IN July, JOIN IN THE FUN AT Christmas in July at Evita se Perron.

MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS Darling Museum. Discover how Darling got its name and don’t miss the little shop; Ouma’s Treasures.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS Koekemakranka Backpackers, FOR ITS cre­at­ive and whacky interior, cre­ated by local artist and co-owner Omnia Grobler.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS Lelieblom Farm Restaurant where the kids can see and touch farm anim­als. Enjoy a lazy week­end lunch where you dine with your hosts and enjoy true coun­try hospitality.

BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS tak­ing a leis­urely drive around the coun­tryside.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO go wine tast­ing, stock up my cel­lar with excel­lent local wines, then enjoy a cel­eb­rat­ory meal at Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post.

THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS the dif­fer­ence that one per­son, Pieter-Dirk Uys, has made to a com­munity by put­ting Darling on the map and giv­ing so much to sup­port devel­op­ment pro­jects in the area.

I ♥ Darling BECAUSE the people are friendly and wel­com­ing, the vil­lage is authen­tic and not overly touristy, and it’s an hour from Cape Town… but a world away!

Aloe Cottage

Aloe Cottage offers lux­ury self-catering hol­i­day accom­mod­a­tion in Darling, near to Cape Town, South Africa. We are pet-friendly! The hol­i­day home has been beau­ti­fully dec­or­ated with top qual­ity linen, fur­niture and art­work and enjoys pos­sibly the best views in Darling — over rolling hills and farm­lands to the dis­tant moun­tains. Aloe Cottage is the per­fect romantic get­away for couples as well as for week­ends away with friends or fam­ily holidays.

Visit Aloe Cottage
View Rates or make a Booking

Desirable Digits

Chicory Cheese — +27 (0)72 852‑6644
Brig’s Barn — +27 (0)22 492‑2451
The Marmalade Cat — +27 (0)22 492‑2515
Bistro Seven — +27 (0)22 492‑3626
Café Mosaic — +27 (0)22 492‑2307
Kraalbosdam — +27 (0)22 492‑3803
Lelieblom Farmhouse — +27 (0)82 573‑7736

Darling Music Experience 2011 video

Once a year the little town of Darling on the West Coast of South Africa plays host to musicians from all over the world, to bring classical music to the people.

This charming video / photo montage was created by Corna Olivier using photos taken by Sone Nel (age 12), Sone’s mother Alta, Lizana de Jongh, Ulrich Donaggi, Tinus Olivier and Corna Olivier.

Corna said: “We loved doing this and had such fun!! Hope you all go next year!!”

Click here to watch the video on Youtube

Visit www.darlingmusic.org for more information

Nicolaas Maritz Open House for the Darling Music Experience 2011

To mark the 2011 Darling Music Experience (DME)

the artist Nicolaas Maritz

will open his studio gallery to the public

with a special representative exhibition of his work.

To celebrate this event

you are cordially invited for drinks

at the Maritz Studio Gallery (MSG)

5 Nemesia Street, Darling, 7345

on Friday 25th February from 11.30am – 1pm.

MSG viewing hours during the DME week-end, 26 – 27 February: 10.30am – 5pm

Otherwise by appointment only: 078 419 7093

Nicolaas Maritz website: http://sites.google.com/site/nicolaasmaritzgallery/

Darling Music Experience (DME) website: www.darlingmusic.org

Maritz Studio Gallery

Gedurende die 2011 Darling Music Experience (DME)

sal die kunstenaar Nicolaas Maritz

sy ateljeegalery vir die publiek oopstel

met ‘n spesiale oorsigtelike tentoonstelling van sy werk.

Ter viering van die geleentheid

word u vriendelik uitgenooi vir ’n drankie

by die Maritz Ateljeegalery (MSG)

Nemesiastraat 5, Darling, 7345

op Vrydag 25 Februarie vanaf 11.30 vm – 1nm

MSG besigtigingsure tydens die DME-naweek, 26 – 27 Februarie: 10.30vm – 5nm

Andersins slegs per afspraak: 078 419 7093

Nicolaas Maritz se webwerf: http://sites.google.com/site/nicolaasmaritzgallery/

Die Darling Musiekondervinding (DME) webwerf: www.darlingmusic.org


The Darling Music Experience: 25 – 27 February 2011

Darling Music ExperienceLovers of excellent music, food and wine are once again in for a treat when the Darling Music Experience, under the artistic directorship of South Africa born German pianist Andreas Kern takes place in Darling.

The music on offer varies between classical and contemporary chamber music, popular choir works and Jazz, bringing together community ensembles and soloists with well known national and international musicians.

Season Tickets for all concerts are available at R 700 (includes two lunches with wine).

Profits from ticket sales and all donations will go to the music education initiative DARLING MUSIC FOR ALL / DARLING MUSIEK VIR ALMAL for music tuition, the purchase of instruments and the funding of scholarships.

For more information: www.darlingmusic.org, Alfred 072 015 1653 or e-mail alfred.legner@ilf.be


FRIDAY 25 February 2011

19h30   NG Kerk Darling, Pastorie Street

>The DME Festival Choir<


A refined, elegant and unusual piece by a composer better known for comic opera.


Launch of the music education initiative DARLING MUSIC FOR ALL / DARLING MUSIEK VIR ALMAL with the >Millennium Quartet< from Venezuela representing “El Sistema”

Admission: Free (Donations welcome)

SATURDAY 26 February 2011

10h00    EDC Center Darling Swimming Pool

KID’S CORNER. “Use your ears as eyes”

Workshop for children with the Millennium Quartet

Admission: Free

12h30    Evita se Perron, Darling Station

>Pianist Andreas Kern and Cape Food guru Judy Badenhorst<


You hear what you eat and you eat what you hear.

Andreas will interpret, on the piano, the essence of the dishes prepared by Judy. The recipes will be taken from Evita Bezuidenhout’s highly successful  Kossie Sikelela cook book.

Admission: R 245 per person (includes lunch and wine with the meal)

16h00  Ormonde Wine Estate, Darling, Langfontein Road



The first appearance in South Africa of Dumisano ”Ramadu” Moyo, voc.+ perc.. Blessings ”Nqo” Nkomo, voc,, Vusu Mkhaya, voc, and Roland Guggenbichler, piano.

Bring your own picnic ( gates open at 15h00 ), taste the Ormonde wines ( tasting room open until 17H00 and sale of wine by the glass until 18h30 ) and celebrate with us the fusion  of traditional African music and European classic, a marriage made in heaven.

Admission:  R120 per person

19h30  The Museum’s Barn, Pastorie Street / corner Hill Street

>Andreas Kern and Tertia Visser<


This is no ordinary concert in an extraordinary venue. It will be performed by classical pianists Andreas Kern and Tertia Visser in the form of a duel on two Grand Pianos.

Will Tertia succeed to take revenge on Andreas for last years defeat? You the audience will be the jury. Enjoy an evening of fine classical music with a twinkle.

Admission   R 100

SUNDAY 27 February 2011

9h30  VG KERK, Somerset Street, Darling


With the DME Festival Choir

11h00 Evita se Perron, Darling Station


The fascinating story of the Feseka High School Choir in Guguletu

Admission Free ( Donations for Feseka welcome )

13h00   Strandkombuis, 16 Mile Beach, Yzerfontein

>The B sharp Ensemble<


A jazz session on the beach with Graham Jacobs and Friends who will electrify all Jazz fans and the cool West Coast rock lobsters, too.

Admission:  R 275 (includes lunch and wine with meal)

17h00  The Presbyterian Church, Darling, Pastorie Street

>Farida Bacharova, violin (tbc),Owen Brits, flute (tbc), Christo Jankowitz, Piano<


The DME has again commissioned a piece of classical music, this year by the young composer Christo Jankowitz who will also perform on the piano.

Followed by

>Robert   Brooks, Tenor, and Gisela de Villiers, Piano<


As a final highlight of the festival Robert Brooks, South African tenor with an international career, will, accompanied by Gisela de Villiers, sing Lieder by Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann – Irish and Afrikaans Folk Songs – Tangos by Carlos Gardel – Popular Light Classics from Film + Musical.

Admission:  R 50


Season Tickets for all concerts are available at R 700 (includes two lunches with wine).

Profits from ticket sales and all donations will go to the music education initiative DARLING MUSIC FOR ALL / DARLING MUSIEK VIR ALMAL for music tuition, the purchase of instruments and the funding of scholarships.

For more information: www.darlingmusic.org, Alfred 072 015 1653 or e-mail alfred.legner@ilf.be



Chanda 083 760 3626 and

(for the concert at Evita se Perron only)

Beryl 022 492 3930

Darling calendar of annual events 2011

Monthly throughout 2011

Duckitt Nurseries Open Day

Date:  First Saturday of every month May to November

Venue: Duckitt Ochid Nursery, Oudepost Farm,R315  Darling

Tel: +27 22 492 2606

E_mail info@duckittnurseries.co.za

Website : www.duckittnurseries.co.za


Darling Country Market

Date: Last Saturday of each month

Time: 9h00 until 12h30

Venue: Nitrophoska Building, Main Road, Darling

Tel: 082 927 6225


February 2011

Darling Music Experience – Concerts in the Country

Date: 25 – 27 February

Venue: Various in Darling

Tel +27 22 492 3996


Darling Cellars Crush day

Date: 26 Feb

Venue: Darling Cellars R315 Darling-Malmesbury

Tel:         022 492 2276


Ride the Wind with the CA2C – Cycle Race
Date: 26 Feb 2011

Venue: From Clara Anna Fontein in Durbanville to Darling



March 2011

Adenco 400 (Absa Off Road Championship)

Date: 11 – 12 March

Venue:  Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         082 8077 797 (Bill Bright)


April 2011

Darling Passion Play

Date: Good Friday 22 April

Time: 16:30 for 17:00

Venue: The Vlei – opposite Evita se Perron, Darling

Tel : 074 369 8212 (Sarie Vlotman)

Admission is free (although donations are always appreciated)


May 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in May

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)



Darling Museum Crafters Day

Date: Sat 21 May

Time: 10h00 until 14h00

Venue: Darling Museum

Tel +27 22 492 3361


Darling Half Marathon

Date: Sat 21 May

Venue: Darling Primary , Kalkoentjie Street Darling

Tel:          Mary Ashford 082 684 5575


July 2011

Xmas in July

Date: Weekends throughout July

Evita se Perron

Tel: Bookings (022) 492 3930



August 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


September 2011

Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


Darling   Voorkamerfest

Date: 02 – 04 Sept

Venue: Evita se Perron

Tel : Tasha Reid  082 321 7542



Duckitt Nurseries Orchid Show

Date: Thurs 15 -Sun 18      Sept

Venue Oudepost Farm, R315 Darling

Tel: (022) 492-2606



Darling Wildflower Show

Date: Fri 16 Sept to Sun 18 Sept

Venue: Darling Club, Jacaranda Street Darling

Tel:         (022) 492-3361



Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


Renosterveld MTB Cycle Race – Ride the Rhino
Date: 30 September to 2 October 2011
Venue: Three day, stage race starting in Langebaan, Darling, Malmesbury ending in Durbanville.

E-mail info@renosterveldmtb.co.za



October 2011

Rocking the Daisies music festival

Date: 7,8,9 October

Venue:   Cloof Wine Estate, Darling



Darling Gymkhana


Venue    Darling Club, Darling

Tel:         022 492 3013


Wildflower Game Drives

Date: mid-Aug to mid-Oct

Venue: Burgherspost Wine Estate

Tel: +27 22 492 2830 /  084 606 3470

e-mail: nature@cloof.co.za

www.burgherspost.co.za http://www.cloof.co.za


November 2011

The Wonderful Wines of Darling at Trinity Lodge

Date: Every Saturday night in November

Venue: Trinity Lodge

Tel 022 492 3430/083 325 4148 (Shaun Mc Laughlin)



December 2011

Evita se Perron Christmas Season

Date : Throughout  Dec

Venue : Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street Darling

Tel: 022 492 3930

E-mail: bookings@evita.co.za




The Darling Music Experience Dinner Recital: 29 September 2010

Wednesday 29 September

19h00 at !Khwa ttu

Swiss Violinist Sibylle Tschopp and Isabel Tschopp, Piano

Claude Debussy Sonata in G major for Violin and Piano

Ernest Bloch            Baal Shem – Three Pictures of Classic Life

Edvard Grieg           from Sonata No 2 in G major Op.13

Tickets including dinner R250

For more information and tickets call 022 492 2998 www.khwattu.org

Darling Music Experience: 11-14 Feb 2010

Darling Music ExperienceA celebration of the good things in life… a sensual feast of classical and contemporary music, jazz, food, wine and big-hearted country hospitality.

The Darling Music Experience is now in its 5th year and aims to present small concerts in a rural setting for both lovers of classical and more popular music.

A top local composer is commissioned every year to write a piece especially for the festival and in doing so the Darling Music Experience nurtures and showcases the exceptional talent we have in our country.
The venues for the concerts vary between scenic wine estates, Darling’s lovely old Presbyterian Church, village barns, and even a vlei. Delicious local food and the well known Darling wines play an integral role in the DME and enhances the whole experience for concertgoers.
Kids can enjoy the DME Musical Rally, a fun event encouraging them “to use their ears as eyes”.

THURSDAY 11 February 2010, 12h00
Up Close & Personal – an intimate lunch with Concert Pianist Andreas Kern
Admission: R250
Venue: Hilda’s Kitchen, Groote Post
Limited seats are available for this exclusive intimate lunch with German concert pianist Andreas Kern. Passionate about classical music, Andreas will chat to you about music and life as a concert pianist. Afterwards together with Andreas, taste Groote Post Wines and enjoy a delicious lunch at Hilda’s kitchen.

Darling winesFRIDAY 12 February 2010, 18h30
Concert with the DME Festival Choir
Admission: Free
Venue: Ormonde Wine Estate, Langfontein Rd, Darling A wide range of popular choir works, both sacred and secular, will be performed in front of the old Manor House. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

FRIDAY 12 February 2010, 20h00
DME Rising Stars
Admission: R100 per person
Venue: Presbyterian Church, Pastorie Street Saxophonist Hamman Schoonwinkel and Myles Roberts, winners of the Artscape National Youth Music Competition 2009, team up to create an eclectic programme of classical music including: Poulenc, Sonate; J. Demersseman, Fantasie; D. Milhaud, Scaramouche; P. Gaubert, Intermede Champetre; P. Iturralde, Pequena Czardas.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 10h00
Film Screening “El Systema”
Admission: Free
Venue: Evita se Perron, Arcadia Street
This multi award winning recently released documentary covers the extraordinary success of this famous music education initiative in Venezuela.

Darling Music ExperienceSATURDAY 13 February 2010, 13h00
DME Classic Lunch
Admission: R350 includes meal and wine
Venue: !Kwa ttu
A wicked combination of not one but four of life’s greatest pleasures. Wine, Food, live classical Music and a fantastic view. The highly trained !Kwa ttu Chef, Vivienne Pieterson, has planned an exclusive four course meal paired with delicious wines. Andreas Kern will interpret, on the piano, the essence of the dishes and the wine prepared especially for the DME.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 16h00
The Ormonde Musical Wine Tasting Concert
Admission: R100 per person
Venue: Ormonde Wine Estate, Langfontein Rd, Darling Enjoy a concert amongst leafy green vines and the ambience of a summers afternoon with the DME Chamber Orchestra. Their programme includes Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik; Vivaldi: Summer and Shostokowitsch: Waltz No 2. Sit on hay bales or your own chairs and blankets and enjoy a picnic ( bring your own ). The delicious wines from the award winning Ormonde Wine Estate will be tasted. Aaah Life is beautiful.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 16h00
The DME Olympiad – a musical fun rally for kids.
Admission: Free
Venue: Ormonde Wine Estate, Langfontein Rd, Darling Whilst the parents are enjoying the wine tasting concert, flutist Dillon Peters will take your kids on a tour of music and fun following the Darling Music Experience motto: use your ears as eyes.

SATURDAY 13 February 2010, 19h00
Piano Concerto: The Duel
Admission: R100
Venue: The Darling Vintage Transport Museum, Hill Street, Darling This is no ordinary concert in no ordinary venue. It will be performed by pianists Andreas Kern and Tertia Visser in the form of a duel. You the audience will be the jury. Programme includes Chopin: Opus 10 and 25; Debussy: Claire de Lune & Lisle Joyeuse; Bach: Prelude d-minor & e-flat minor; Schumann: Toccatta; Schubert: Impromptus g-flat major SUNDAY 14 February 2010 9h00
Interdenominational Church Service
– with the DME Festival Choir
Admission: Free
Venue: The “Vlei”, behind Evita se Perron Celebrate life and the beauty of it together with the locals in this rural outdoor setting. Bring your own chair or blanket and don’t forget a sunhat.

SUNDAY 14 February 2010, 12h30
The Tukulu Jazz Lunch
Admission: R250 includes meal and wine
Venue: The Marmalade Cat, Main Road, Darling It’s Valentines Day! Bring your special friends and enjoy west coast style jazz with The West Coast Jazz Co, perfect for a summers day in the quirky Marmalade Cat Barn.
The programme includes Killer Joe ( Benny Golson ), Moanin’ ( Bobby Timmons ), On a Clear Day ( Lerner / Lane ), Cute ( Neil Hefti ), Satin Doll ( Ellington / Strayhorn / Mercer ) and God Bless the Child ( Herzog / Holiday).

SUNDAY 14 February 2010, 17h30
The DME World Premier Concert
Admission: R100
Venue: Presbyterian Church, Pastorie Street, Darling The final highlight of this festival. The DME has again commissioned a piece of classical music. This year the young and brilliant composer Matthijs van Dyk has written for us the “Clarinet Quintet No. 2: Dances of Moonlight”. By popular demand this world premier will be followed by Hendrik Hofmeyr’s “Song of the Summerwind” for flute and violine, last years commission. Among the musicians: Farida Bacharova, Maria du Toit and Owen Brits. Dancer Mamela Nyamza, will ad a special facet to this extraordinary line-up.

DME Festival website:

Book through Computicket: www.computicket.com or tel 083 915 8000

Mary on 082 684 5575 or mary@toucancape.co.za