Hot on the heels of a hugely successful “mini” Classics for All festival in early December last year, comes the 18th Greyton Genadendal Classics for All Festival, back in its original, annual calendar slot of May.

In a survey we did a few years ago, we were surprised to find that more than 80% of the respondents heard about the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All festival via “word of mouth”.

This is good news – it means that people talk about the ‘Classics for All’ festival. They talk about the quality of the performances, presented in two beautiful villages at the foot of the Sonderend Mountains, the sense of intimacy that this small, ‘no frills’ festival brings, the friendliness of the Greytonians and Genadendalers, and the opportunity to share the love of classical music with friends, many of whom have been coming to the festival for many years.

The ethos of the festival is to inspire and connect people of all ages through extraordinary performances, community engagement and music education. ‘Classics for All’ not only brings the crème de la crème of South Africa’s classical music talents to our audiences, but also serves as a significant platform for the development of young and up-and-coming artists.

We also give back to our communities. In 2021 we could make a small financial contribution to four charitable causes, namely the Berea Moravian Primary School (choir), the Handevat Music Project, Theatre for Change and the Rainbow Exchange NPO.

My special thanks goes to the loyal and new sponsors and donors, our main sponsor The Rupert Music Foundation in particular, who help us sustain a festival that has positioned itself as the Overberg’s signature classical music festival, an important fixture on the Western Cape cultural calendar. Thank you to the ‘Classics for All’ committee who allow me the luxury of managing the festival all the way from Thailand. And lastly, thank you to the people of Greyton and Genadendal who have embraced this ‘Festival for Everyone’ and who have supported the concerts for so many years.

We have a fabulous line-up of artists this year, and the 2022 ‘Classics for All’ festival will no doubt, as in previous years, delight both visitors and locals alike. 

Now kick back and enjoy three days of dazzling performances.  Do some wine and beer tastings, browse the art galleries and gift shops, visit the historical Genadendal Church Square and Museum and indulge in the delicious country fair on offer at the restaurants and street cafes.

I truly believe that this year’s Festival will be ‘the best one ever!’

–  Coenie Visser, Festival Director

Coenie Visser

From 20 – 22 May this year classical music lovers can again enjoy a weekend of beautiful music, comfort food, warm fires and the amazing ambience of the neighbouring villages Greyton and Genadendal.

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