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SONGBOOK: FOLK SONGS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND (Shakespeare's Restaurant Durbanville)

Thu Apr 28, 19:00 - Thu Apr 28, 21:00

Shakespeare's Restaurant Durbanville


Join us as we explore and celebrate the humour, pathos and deep human feeling embedded in the folk songs of Great Britain and Ireland. Belying their value as historical and cultural records passed from generation to generation, folk songs are often pressed into service as encores rather than taking centre stage; we hope to set that right with this concert! Experience the range of emotions that bubble under the surface of these seemingly simple yet often deeply complex songs.

Brought to extraordinary life and elevated into the realm of art song by composers such as Britten, Hughes, Gurney, Vaughan Williams and Quilter, and poets such as Yeats, Joyce, Moore, Burns, Shakespeare and Stevenson, the programme contains gems such as The Stuttering LoversI Will Walk With My LoveJohnny I Hardly Knew Ye!Down by the Salley GardensThe Last Rose of SummerThe Foggy, Foggy DewLittle Sir WilliamThe Ash GroveThe Miller of Dee, along with Ivor Novello favourites Waltz of My HeartI Can Give You the Starlight and Glamorous Night.

The concert features internationally acclaimed opera star William Berger (baritone) and Cape Town Opera Soloists Brittany Smith (soprano) and Ané Pretorius (soprano), with Cape Town Opera Managing Director Alex Gabriel at the piano.

This performance will be accompanied by a three-course meal.

Below is the menu that will be served on the evening of the performance

To Start


From the Boulangerie

Selection of our home baked breads with carrot &

cumin spread, basil butter and plum tomato salsa


Prociutto, Aspargus and Matured Cheddar Pastry


Smoked Goats Cheese Mousse

Apple wood smoked goats cheese mousse, 

pickled baby beets, pine nut crisp bread

Couture Salmon Macaroons

cured salmon, horseradish cream & fennel salsa


Oxtail Terrine

Wrapped in tomato leather, with pickled mushrooms &

truffle aioli

Choice of Signature Mains

"Bait the hook well, the fish will bite"

market fish, fennel and sweet potato, with biryani masala

butter, brocolli and coriander gremolata


Duck Cassoulet

confit duck, bean duo, olives, sundried tomato beurre blanc

Portobello steaks


Aubergine & Dhal

grilled aubergine, filled with dhal, curry and fresh coriander


Grilled Lamb

rack of lamb with whipped rose harissa, feta, sweet and sour cucumber

Sweet Ending

a selection of decadent Shakespeare's desserts

Raspberry Frangipane Tart

Chocolate Creme

Bruleed Lemon Tart

With thanks to Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos for lending us the piano for this performance.

Ian, the founder and Senior Technician, trained with Georges Ammann, Steinway’s Chief Concert Technician. Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos have been Steinway specialists for over 30 years, with over 100 authentic Steinway grand piano rebuilds under their belt to date. By world standards this is exceptional! The same level of expertise is offered for any other fine piano brands. Apart from restoration, they also service and maintain good quality instruments for personal or professional use.


Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos are a unique dealership in that they offer instruments all the way from good beginner level pianos through to the most exclusive hand-built grand pianos in the world: Fazioli. Their range of brands includes Kawai, Shigeru Kawai, Fazioli, Steinway & Sons, Bösendorfer, Yamaha, Grotrian and Petrof. In all cases, their rare level of technical skills and long experience is focused on matching customers with the right piano for their use.


Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos are the Concert Technicians for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baxter Concert Hall, the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town and Cape Town Opera. Other customers include Francois du Toit, Charl du Plessis (Steinway Artist), Christopher Duigan (Steinway Artist), Jill Richards (Steinway Artist), Abdullah Ibrahim, Malcolm Nay, Catherine Foxcroft, Wits University, Bishops, Hershel, St Cyprians, Westerford, SACS, Casa Labia, Rhodes University, Hugo Lambrechts and SACS. International customers include King’s College and Chapel Royal Choir, London.


SONGBOOK: FOLK SONGS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND (Shakespeare's Restaurant Durbanville)
Shakespeare's Restaurant Durbanville
Heritage Square Cnr Vrede &, Gladstone St, Durbanville, Cape Town, 7550
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