Chamber Music Festival Harare 2017
Chamber Music Festival Harare 2017 Chamber Music Festival Harare 2017 Chamber Music Festival Harare 2017 Harare Chamber Music Festival Harare Programme 2017 Chamber Music Festival Harare 2017  
Elna van der MerweRenowned South African Pianist Elna van der Merwe, who graced the First Festival, returns this year to bring us more delights

Elna is well-known and much sought-after as a soloist and accompanist. Frequently called on to accompany high profile classical musicians from all over the world who visit South Africa to perform, she is likewise often invited on concert tours outside her country, with well-known fellow South African classical musicans. Read more about Elna on our 2017 Musicians page.

Second Chamber Music Festival for Harare offers feast of
world class classical music

Running 31st August to 2nd September, the Second Chamber Music Festival in Harare is the brainchild of Zimbabwean musician, teacher and educationist, Colbert Mpofu. The venue this year is Hoyle Field, adjacent to the American Ambassador's home, generously provided by the American Embassy.

Taking place over three days and with a strong focus on outreach to budding young Zimbabwean chamber musicians, this festival fills a classical music space in the capital, and was last year much welcomed by those who love classical music.  It also provides the opportunity to taste this enjoyable genre, for those not familiar with it.  Assistance for the outreach programme has been kindly provided by the Salzburg Festival.

Chamber Music is an intimate style of music which began as music written and performed by and for small groups of people, to be enjoyed at special occasions in private homes and also presented for royalty in palaces and chambers.  It was a popular form of entertainment shared and enjoyed by ordinary people and by the wealthy and the royal.  The African and Asian chamber music traditions assumed a religious and spiritual role.  Whilst Chamber Music still takes place today performed by amateur musicians for their families and friends in private settings, most of us these days can enjoy it in concert form, and the upcoming festival provides the perfect opportunity.

Colbert Mpofu Founder of Chambr Music Festival HarareColbert Mpofu, Founder and Director
of the Chamber Music Festival, Harare

An accomplished double bassist, musician and educator, Colbert Mpofu long dreamed of sharing the pleasures of chamber music with Zimbabweans in a festival dedicated to the genre.

With the welcome arrival of this, the Second edition, the Chamber Music Festival now graduates to an annual event.