Our Facilities

Music Centre

In 1986, Mr Hugo Lambrechts, a former Director of the Cape Education Department, raised the question as to why there are so few South African instrumentalists in our orchestras. The answer, according to him, was that we didn’t have facilities where South Africans can start instrumental tuition at a young age. He wanted a music centre in the Parow area to serve the community of the Northern Suburbs. He was told that there was no money to establish such a Centre, but he persisted and used limited funds for over 3 years to get the Centre started in the old Parow Primary School, on the corner of Picton and Alexander Streets in 1989.

The old school building now consists of 25 music rooms, used for tuition, chamber music concerts, internal and external examinations, meetings and small functions. The world known auditorium of the Hugo Lambrechts Musical Centre in Parow. It was soon recognised by the department of education that the facilities, especially the old school hall used for concerts, were not adequate. Thanks to the relentless efforts of the mayor, Mr Attie Adriaanse, an ultra-modern auditorium was finally built and inaugurated in 2002. He commented in the Tygertalk Newspaper of 2003: “One of Parow’s greatest achievements in 100 years was the ultra-modern auditorium built at the Hugo Lambrecht School”.

Today Parow boasts one of the three major Music Centres in the Western Cape with virtually none in the rest of the country. The highly acclaimed auditorium is used for student exposure to public performance as well as a venue for visiting national and international artists. It seats 450 people and has a stage for 70 orchestra members as well a choir gallery for 140 members.

Auditorium

In 1986, Mr Hugo Lambrechts, a former Director of the Cape Education Department, raised the question as to why there are so few South African instrumentalists in our orchestras. The answer, according to him, was that we didn’t have facilities where South Africans can start instrumental tuition at a young age. He wanted a music centre in the Parow area to serve the community of the Northern Suburbs. He was told that there was no money to establish such a Centre, but he persisted and used limited funds for over 3 years to get the Centre started in the old Parow Primary School, on the corner of Picton and Alexander Streets in 1989.

The old school building now consists of 25 music rooms, used for tuition, chamber music concerts, internal and external examinations, meetings and small functions. The world known auditorium of the Hugo Lambrechts Musical Centre in Parow. It was soon recognised by the department of education that the facilities, especially the old school hall used for concerts, were not adequate. Thanks to the relentless efforts of the mayor, Mr Attie Adriaanse, an ultra-modern auditorium was finally built and inaugurated in 2002. He commented in the Tygertalk Newspaper of 2003: “One of Parow’s greatest achievements in 100 years was the ultra-modern auditorium built at the Hugo Lambrecht School”.

Today Parow boasts one of the three major Music Centres in the Western Cape with virtually none in the rest of the country. The highly acclaimed auditorium is used for student exposure to public performance as well as a venue for visiting national and international artists. It seats 450 people and has a stage for 70 orchestra members as well a choir gallery for 140 members.

Our Vision & Mission

Our Mission

The Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre aspires to:

  • Provide a holistic music  education programme.
  • 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.
  • Harnesses music education to  precipitate the development of  twenty first century workplace skills  such as creativity, collaboration and  critical thinking.
  • Offer learners and educators a  platform to participate in  music-making at a national and  international level.
  • 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.
  • Be a South African home for  international teaching artists.

Our Vision

Orchestrating a world-class music centre.

Our Values

Inclusivity

Excellence

Integrity

Respect

Care

Orchestrating Youth

Our History

In 1986, Mr Hugo Lambrechts, a former Director of the Cape Education Department, raised the question as to why there are so few South African instrumentalists in our orchestras. The answer, according to him, was that we didn’t have facilities where South Africans can start instrumental tuition at a young age. He wanted a music centre in the Parow area to serve the community of the Northern Suburbs. He was told that there was no money to establish such a Centre, but he persisted and used limited funds for over 3 years to get the Centre started in the old Parow Primary School, on the corner of Picton and Alexander Streets in 1989.

The old school building now consists of 25 music rooms, used for tuition, chamber music concerts, internal and external examinations, meetings and small functions, as well as the world known auditorium. It was soon recognised by the department of education that the facilities, especially the old school hall used for concerts, were not adequate. Thanks to the relentless efforts of the mayor, Mr Attie Adriaanse, an ultra-modern auditorium was finally built and inaugurated in 2002. He commented in the Tygertalk Newspaper of 2003: “One of Parow’s greatest achievements in 100 years was the ultra-modern auditorium built at the Hugo Lambrecht School”.

Today Parow boasts one of the three major Music Centres in the Western Cape with virtually none in the rest of the country. The highly acclaimed auditorium is used for student exposure to public performance as well as a venue for visiting national and international artists. It seats 450 people and has a stage for 70 orchestra members, as well a choir gallery for 140 members.

Our Staff

Meet our team of dedicated staff members

 Principal

Dr Arisa Voges - Saxophone & Clarinet
Arisa Voges is the principal of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. As an active music consultant, examiner and adjudicator she regularly serves on examination, adjudication and advisory panels for national music competitions, universities, and non-profit organisations. She obtained a PhD (Music) from the University of the Free State, an MBA and Hons BMus (Clarinet Performing) from the University of Stellenbosch and has completed the LRSM, UTLM and UPLM in Clarinet Performing/Teaching and LRSM in Saxophone Teaching. She was the recipient of the Fanie Beetge Prize for her PhD research that investigated the financial sustainability of donor-funded community music development programmes in South Africa. In addition, she received the ABRSM Tercentenary Travel Grant Award for Music Teachers in 1997 and the Unisa South African Music Scholarship in 1985. As a clarinet/saxophone teacher she has received numerous awards from the Artscape and SANLAM National Music Competitions, as well as the Unisa Directorate Music for excellence in instrumental tuition. Dr Voges is the former Director: Music of the Unisa Directorate Music in Pretoria.
 

String, Harp & Guitar Department

Mrs 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 UNISA Teacher’s Licentiate (violin) in 2008. She studied violin with Suzanne Martens and piano with Dr Liezl-Maret Jacobs. She gained teaching experience working part-time at Beau Soleil Music Centre, Frank Pietersen Music Centre and also 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 attended various courses including SASMT Conferences, Max Baillie Workshop (2016), UNISA National Violin Symposium (2015), the European String Teachers Association Course in Johannesburg (2012) and a conductors Workshop from Maestro Arjen Tien in 2014. She is a committee member of the South African Society for Music Teacher since 2011. Zelda was invited to join the board of UNISA examiners in 2016 and is currently an active UNISA examiner. She performs on an Ad hoc basis on violin and viola and is a part of the New Apostolic Cape Town Orchestra. Teaching is her passion and many of her students have pursued a career in music.

Maretha van der Walt - Violin & Viola

Maretha van der Walt studied violin with Louis van der Watt, and composition with Prof. Hans Roosenschoon, at the University of Stellenbosch. She graduated with a BMus in 2010 and HonsBMus (cum laude) in 2012. She was awarded a bursary, allowing her to complete a portion of her postgraduate studies in composition with Prof. Lasse Thoresen at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.After her studies, she moved to Johannesburg in 2012 where she taught violin at the King David Jewish Academy of Music and Hoërskool Randburg. During this time, she was also a member of, and toured with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently an ad hoc member of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mrs Lee-Ann Cloete - Violin & Viola
Lee-Ann completed her undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University. Thereafter, she completed her Masters in Viola Performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK. While at Birmingham Conservatoire, Lee-Ann won the Florian Leonhard Bow Competition. Lee-Ann has received masterclasses from Nobuko Imai, Tatjana Masurenko, Thomas Riebl and Simon Rowland-Jones.
Ms Lynn Donson - Cello
Lynne Donson completed her BMus performance under the tutelage of Marian Lewin in 2016, studying at the University of Cape Town. Lynne was the recipient of a study bursary and accepted as a cadet of Camerata Tinta Barocca in 2015. During her time at UCT she served as principal cellist of the UCT Symphony Orchestra and co-leader of the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Lynne has played in various orchestras in Cape Town and Namibia.
Mr Uliano Marcio - Guitar

Uliano was born in Cape Town and studied the guitar in London and Barcelona after which he did radio broadcasts on Spanish and Norwegian National Radios. After returning to Cape Town he did regular concerts and radio broadcasts, and later TV broadcasts as well. He played the main Guitar Concerti several times with various orchestras including the Lambeth Orchestra in London and started the Guitar Department at the S.A.College of Music and Stellenbosch Konservatorium. Moving to Italy for 20 years his main activity was joint recitals with his wife Marisa, soprano, and teaching both privately and in Italian Conservatorios. He served on the juries of international guitar competitions and concertised with Marisa in Europe and the Middle East. Having returned to Cape Town he teaches at Westerford High School and the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

Nina Fourie-Gouws - Guitar

Nina Fourie-Gouws completed both her BMus and MMus Performance degrees at the University of Pretoria and also received a Licentiate in Classical Guitar Teaching from Unisa. In 2012 Fourie-Gouws obtained her Postgraduate in Music Performance with distinction from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. She is the first guitarist to receive these honours cum laude. Fourie-Gouws has received masterclasses from a large number of international concert guitarists and pedagogues. Nina maintains an active concert schedule throughout Southern Africa and in 2018 she performed as a featured solo artist at the Volterra Guitar Project in Italy. Nina has also performed as a guest artist on the South African television show, Kyknet’s Draadloos. Since 2013 Nina Fourie-Gouws has been guitar lecturer at Stellenbosch Konservatorium where she teaches pre-undergraduate and undergraduate practical music studies, accompaniment, repertoire studies and teaching methodology.

Mrs Jane Theron - Harp
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Jane Theron (Bullen) grew up in Cape Town. The harp became a central part of her life while still at school at Springfield Convent. Beti Woolley was her teacher and mentor until she graduated BA (Mus) from UCT in 1968.  Fortuitously she was appointed almost immediately as Principal Harpist in PACT Orchestra and played as such for 4 years. After her marriage to Steve Theron, she followed a freelance path playing in all the various orchestras in SA, partnering with many fine musicians for concerts and recitals and enjoying the ‘wedding circuit’. Teaching became a central facet in her life once the family settled in Cape Town. Music faculties of the Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town engaged her, but she really settled into passing on her legacy when invited by Leon Hartshorne of the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre to form the Harp Department. 16 students since then have passed through her hands with several excelling, winning national competitions and taking part in the many events that are organized for young musicians today.

Woodwind & Singing Department

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.

 

Mrs Charlene Saayman - Clarinet & Saxophone
Charlene Saayman has been acquainted with the Hugo Lambrechts Centre since 1992 as a clarinet student. She completed her BMus degree through Unisa, and also completed UTLM, and UPLM on Clarinet. She has been teaching at the Music Centre in a full-time capacity since 2001. Many of her students have excelled and some follow successful careers in music in South Africa and abroad. She is also the conductor of the Hugo Lambrechts Senior Wind Band. Besides music, her hobbies include running and, most important of all, is a mother of twins, Michael and Chloé.
Mr Charl Clayton - Oboe & Bassoon
Charl Clayton graduated with his Performance Diploma in Oboe in 2014 from the University of Stellenbosch. During his studies he was principal oboe of the University of Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra, all the while playing saxophone as well as oboe in the University of Stellenbosch Jazz Band and the University of Stellenbosch Wind Band respectively. Charl has taken part in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, where he was principle oboist for the Symphony Orchestra and played with faculty concerts. He has played with the US Camerata and has performed concertos with USSO as well as US Camerata. In 2014, Charl was the oboist for the MIAGI Orchestra and toured in Europe and Netherlands, where he had the opportunity to perform in world renowned concert halls namely; Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Ms Jeanie Kelly - Flute
Jeanie started playing the flute at the age of 13. In 2005 she obtains a BMus in flute performance from the University of Stellenbosch, where she studies under Eva Tamassy. In 2006 she studied flute with Liesl Stoltz and obtained a BMusHons in flute performance from the University of Cape Town. She has received master classes from Lady Jeanne Galway, Trevor Wye, Susan Milan, Hansgeorg Schmeiser, Karin Leitner and Alex Klein. She started teaching flute at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in 2010. Her students regularly participate in eisteddfodau and competitions such as the Samro Hubert van der Spuy and National Youth Music Competition. Her flute ensemble won the school category of the National Ensemble Competition in 2012.
Mrs Maresa Marchio - Singing
Marisa was born in Italy and came to South Africa with her parents. She studied singing with Flora Nielsen at the Royal Academy at the suggestion of renowned accompanist Gerald Moore.  After her marriage she formed the Duo Marchio with her husband, Uliano Marchio, performing extensively in South Africa, Europe and Middle East Countries in concert, as well as radio and television broadcasts. She sang many leading operatic roles both in South Africa and Italy and sang Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Eine Deutches Requiem Rossini’s Pettit Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi’s Gloria, the first performances of Persichini’s Stabat Mater for Vatican Radio and Summer Songs by Francesco Antonioni and Strauss’s Vier Letzte Lieder with the Lambeth Orchestra in London. She received the Mario del Monaco Targa d’Oro prize for her excellence in singing and La Maschera con Lauro d’Oro a major Italian Theatre Award. She taught at the Lecce Conservatorio in Italy, and S.A. College of Music, UCT. In 2005 she was appointed as Voice Coach for Cape Town Opera. She sat on juries of international competitions and was external examiner at Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Marcelle Steinmetz - Singing
Suzette Brits

 Brass, Percussion, Piano & Theory Department

Ms Carin Brand - Trombone, Euphonium & Tuba
Carin Brand studied at the University of the Free State and started her teaching career as an English teacher at Queen’s College Boys’ High School in Queenstown. She taught Music at Paarl Boys’ High School before joining Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre as the Head of Department: Brass in 2008.
Mr Allistair McDonald - Trumpet*
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Alistair McDonald began his musical career in 1975 in the SABC National Symphony Orchestra and subsequently in the Cape Town Symphony, the CAPAB Opera and Ballet Orchestra and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2006 he left his orchestral career of 30 years to take up a full-time teaching post at SACS High School in Cape Town where he remained for 6 years before taking a ‘leap of faith’ into the world of free-lance teaching and performing. He now teaches trumpet and orchestral repertoire studies at Stellenbosch University and teaches at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre as well as his real passion – teaching foreign military adult students at the Youngsfield army base for the Stellenbosch University Certificate Program.
Mrs Lindsey Mulgrew - French Horn*
Lindsay began piano lessons with her mother at the age of five. Given a choice of instruments to learn in high school she chose French Horn and had achieved Grade 8 distinction in both instruments before leaving school. She was offered a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London to continue learning horn and during her time there studied with Michael Thompson, Tony Chidell, Tony Halstead and Jeff Bryant. After completing her studies there she continued in London doing free-lance work around the UK and spending the summer season in Germany playing for the Kurorchester Bad Wiessee and the SüdBayerische Philharmonie where she also appeared as a soloist on a number of occasions. Originally from Scotland, she came to Cape Town as 3rd Horn in the Capab Orchestra in 1992 and has been a member of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra since its formation in 2001. She has been the French Horn teacher at Hugo Lambrechts since 2008.
Ms Carike Byker - Piano & Theory
Carike Byker obtained her BMus (Cum Laude) and BMusHons (Cum Laude) at the University of Stellenbosch (2007-2011), with piano and flute as main instruments, and specialising in flute performance. In 2011 she added part-time organ studies to her musical activities and in 2017 became Colleague of the Royal College of Organists, after successfully completing studies abroad. During this time, she taught in various schools in London, United Kingdom. For a change of scenery Carike frequently takes part in road running events.
Mr Throy Petersen - Piano*
Alistair McDonald began his musical career in 1975 in the SABC National Symphony Orchestra and subsequently in the Cape Town Symphony, the CAPAB Opera and Ballet Orchestra and KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. (End of Visible Section – “Read More Reveals More) In 2006 he left his orchestral career of 30 years to take up a full-time teaching post at SACS High School in Cape Town where he remained for 6 years before taking a ‘leap of faith’ into the world of free-lance teaching and performing. He now teaches trumpet and orchestral repertoire studies at Stellenbosch University and teaches at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre as well as his real passion – teaching foreign military adult students at the Youngsfield army base for the Stellenbosch University Certificate Program.
Suzette Britz - Percussion

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 Non-Academic Staff