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Silver Mountain Music Festival 2024

Fri Jun 14, 19:00 - Mon Jun 17, 19:00

Various Venues between Heidelberg and Swellendam


Between Heidelberg and Swellendam in the Western Cape

June 14 to 17 2024

Dive into the rhythm of music, the serenity of nature, and the warmth of country living!

Nestled between Heidelberg and Swellendam lies a magical haven where the harmony of music and the tranquility of nature intertwine. Get ready to immerse yourself in the rhythm of music, the beauty of nature, and the charm of country living. This year, we're proud to embrace diversity in all its forms. Join us as we bring together a symphony of sounds, from the elegance of classical melodies to the pulsating beats of African percussion. Our stage will be a melting pot of genres, showcasing the richness of musical expression and celebrating diversity as the spice of life.


The event is organised by well-known musician and conductor, Richard Cock, and a host of partners (including the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy). 

And this year, the line-up includes wonderful artists such as:

Violinist Emmanuel Bach

The Scullery Quintet

Pianist Jenny Stern

Solo vocalist Monique Hellenberg

Percussionists Volley Nchabeleng and Micca Manganye

Acoustic Loop Artist Josh Roxton

Junayne Baatjies and the Heidelberg Empower Drumming Academy

And the Silver Mountain Music Orchestra


The festival is more than just music; it's an invitation to discover the marvels of nature that envelop us. Delight in farm-to-table delights from Skeiding Guest Farm, paired with exceptional wines from Olivedale, Sijnn, Lost Boy and Greenlands Farm. Immerse yourself in captivating nature talks led by experts who will unveil the mysteries of the Grootvadersbosch Valley's rich natural history. From the mesmerizing freshwater species to the lush forest and delicate fynbos, prepare to be enchanted by the breathtaking biodiversity that defines this region. Embark on a serene getaway to Grootvadersbosch, where music meets farm life and nature in perfect harmony. 

This is the eight annual Silver Mountain Music Festival. 


The festival has its own Youth Foundation to enhance opportunities for rural youth. Linked to youth day, the festival includes workshops by visiting artists, educational and recreational activities in rural schools.


14 to 17 June 2024
Various unique venues in the between Heidelberg, Barrydale and Swellendam in the Western Cape
Full Adult Festival Pass is R2200
Individual events from R50 to R370
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Everything but the Kitchen Sink with the Scullery Quintet, Greenlands Farm Table

Fri, 14 Jun 07:00 PM - Fri, 14 Jun 08:30 PM
The Scullery Quintet offers an exhilarating lineup of music, blending Classical, Jazz, South African, and popular genres with a unique twist. Their program includes reworked pieces by renowned composers like Bach, Bill Evans, Dvorak, Hugh Masekela, Piazzolla, Beethoven, and Kate Bush, among others. The ensemble delivers their repertoire in a down-to-earth yet enlightening style, celebrating and paying homage to an eclectic mix of melodies and improvised performances. Their approach can be described as a euphonious celebration of musical diversity, encapsulating "everything but the kitchen sink!" Greenlands Farm Table embodies the spirit of freshness and locality, and we couldn't be more thrilled to bring our music to this extraordinary space. Join us as we celebrate the essence of farm-to-table living, amidst the rustic charm of Greenlands Farm. Includes fresh soup and bread with a glass of locally produced wine Adults, R350.
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A Celebration of Aquatic Diversity, Karoo Art Hotel, Barrydale

Sat, 15 Jun 09:00 AM - Sat, 15 Jun 12:00 PM
Don’t miss a captivating morning as we shine a spotlight on the incredible diversity of aquatic life. Led by leading freshwater experts, including Albert Chakona, Martine Jordaan, Jeremy Shelton, and Christian Fry, we'll embark on a journey to uncover the wonders of our rivers. This event is made possible by the support of a new project initiated by the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy, with funding from the IUCN. The project aims to raise awareness about the threats facing the critically endangered Tradouw Redfin. Your participation in this event will contribute to furthering the objectives of this crucial conservation effort. So mark your calendars and join us in Barrydale for a morning of exploration and education. Adults, R100. Children under 14, R50 (under 5 free).
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Diversity is the Spice of Life, Richard Cock and Friends in a Farm Shed, Strawberry Hill Farm

Sat, 15 Jun 03:30 PM - Sat, 15 Jun 06:00 PM
The Concert in the Shed at Strawberry Hill Farm is always a great highlight of the Silver Mountain Music Festival.  Following the theme of diversity, we will have everything from a classical violinist, playing music by Fritz Kreisler, to sultry jazz from Monique Hellenberg. Monique is one of South Africa’s best young singers, to some harmonic and eclectic vocal loops with Josh Loxton on guitar and the odd bit of percussion, to the fabulous Silver Mountain Marimba players, directed by Junayne Baatjies.  This concert is an incredible energizer which audiences have always loved, and Richard Cock will lead the orchestra in tributes to Henry Mancini who was born 100 years ago and wrote such favourites as Baby Elephant Walk and The Pink Panther. The afternoon includes a light meal provided by Skeiding Guest house. Come and join us and celebrate the diversity of music at its best. Adults R370. Children R300 .
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What's in a Name with Richard Cock, Strawberry Hill Farm

Sat, 15 Jun 07:00 PM - Sat, 15 Jun 08:30 PM
“My name” has always presented challenges and in a wide-ranging informal chat, Richard Cock explores the dangers inherent in his name and has some amusing anecdotes concerning it.  Starting with one of his earliest memories – his mother scolding a neighbour who referred to him as Dick!  He has also, over the years, collected an amazing series of misprints in programmes which he will share. Adults only!  Adults R150. 
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Celebrating Birds and Species Diversity in the Fynbos Biome, Swellendam Schuur, 2 Drostdy St Swellendam

Sun, 16 Jun 09:00 AM - Sun, 16 Jun 11:00 AM
Join us for an exploration of the breathtaking diversity that thrives within this remarkable ecosystem. Beyond its renowned botanical richness, the fynbos region is home to an extraordinary array of creatures, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. From the diminutive Micro Frog to the resplendent Orange-breasted Sunbird. Prepare to be captivated by the fascinating inhabitants of this biodiverse paradise. Leading us on this journey of discovery are Suretha and Cliff Dorse, authors of the Struik Nature guide to fynbos fauna and Nick Newman, author of the revised edition of the incredible Newman's Birds by Colour. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to delve into the secrets of the fynbos biome alongside these knowledgeable experts.Includes a cup of the best Swellendam brew, VENUE CHANGE due to demand: Swellendam Schuur, 2 Drostdy St, Swellendam. Clock Peaks Coffee. Adults R150. Children under 14, R50 (under 5 free). Book Here.
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Celebrate the Classics with Emmanuel Bach, Swellendam

Sun, 16 Jun 12:00 PM - Sun, 16 Jun 01:30 PM
Join us for the best of classical choice, music by Mozart and Schubert. Prize winning violinist Emmauel Bach plays Mozart’s famous Violin Concerto no 5, “The Turkish”, and the orchestra rounds off the programme with Symphony no 5 by Schubert – a work full of joy and cheerful melodies.  Both composers were prolific masters of their trade and both died tragically young, but they have left us with incomparable works of art which we celebrate in this concert. Adults R200.
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Percussion Explosion, Swellendam

Sun, 16 Jun 03:00 PM - Sun, 16 Jun 04:30 PM
‘Amani ya ndani’ is a Swahili phrase meaning ‘inner peace’, and this description is on the mark when it comes to the breathtaking performances by the two talented multi-instrumentalists: Volley Nchabeleng and Micca Manganye. Join us on a journey of African sounds played on various indigenous musical instruments collected from around the continent, and let the healing sounds of the marimba, mbira, lekope and others serenade you in a beautiful embrace of nature through music. Adults R200. Children under 14, R150 (under 5 free).
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Wine, Music and Nature in Harmony, Olivedale Private Vineyards, Buffeljags

Sun, 16 Jun 06:30 PM - Sun, 16 Jun 08:00 PM
Join us for an unforgettable evening of exquisite wines and enchanting melodies! Experience the magic as Carl van Wijk, esteemed winemaker, and the renowned Richard Cock harmonise wine and music. At the last two festivals, Olivedale Wine Farm has delighted guests with our unique music and wine pairing evenings. Immerse yourself in the rich history and captivating stories behind these spectacular wines as Carl van Wijk shares his wealth of knowledge. From the vineyard to your glass, discover the passion and dedication that goes into every bottle. Hosted in the intimate ambiance of the wine cellar at Olivedale Private Vineyards, prepare to embark on a sensory journey like no other. Let the soulful melodies and exquisite flavors dance on your palate, creating moments that linger long after the evening ends. Includes Skeiding food. Adults R350.
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Exploring Forest Diversity and Restoration Techniques, Strawberry Hill Farm

Mon, 17 Jun 09:00 AM - Mon, 17 Jun 11:30 AM
Join us for an enlightening series of talks on restoration techniques in the Southern Cape conservation landscape! Explore innovative approaches with renowned scholars and local practitioners as they unravel the intricacies of restoring biodiversity and health to our natural landscapes. From clearing alien invasive species to nurturing riverine ecosystems, this session offers effective solutions for enthusiasts, landowners, and industry professionals alike. Meet our distinguished speakers: Corne Brink: Manager of Restoration at Grootvadersbosch Conservancy; Roxanne Joubert: Accredited Herbalist with insights into natural restoration methods; Branden Hair: Dedicated Landowner and Grassroots Practitioner; Zoë Prinsloo and Ruan Siebert from Garden Roots: Specializing in riverine ecosystem rehabilitation and Prof Coert Geldenhuys: Leading Forest Ecologist in South Africa. Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a journey towards restoring our precious natural landscapes! Adults R150,  Children under 14, R50 (under 5 free).
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Explore Music and Nature with Josh Roxton, Strawberry Hill Farm

Mon, 17 Jun 12:00 PM - Mon, 17 Jun 02:00 PM
Immerse yourself in an enchanting fusion of music and nature with Josh Roxton! Journey into the heart of the forest as Josh's harmonious melodies intertwine with the serenity of nature. With a blend of vocal loops, acoustic guitar, and captivating percussion, Josh invites you to embrace the present moment and tune into the rhythm of the here and now. Experience the soulful resonance of Josh's music, where every note carries the essence of authenticity and honesty. His passion for music shines through in every strum of the guitar and every harmonic loop, creating an intimate connection with his audience. The event is paired with a lovely farm picnic lunch from Skieiding Guest farm And includes a tasting of the amazing Lost Boy wines. Adults R200. Children under 14, R150 (under 5 free).
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Forest Walks and Talks, Strawberry Hill Farm

Mon, 17 Jun 02:00 PM - Mon, 17 Jun 04:00 PM
Following the enlightening morning talks, immerse yourself in the enchanting Grootvadersbosch forest during our guided walk, accompanied by various experts. This event will allow you to engage with the experts in the forest as they unravel the mysteries of the Grootvadersbosch forest. This forest experience is designed to deepen your connection to nature and expand your knowledge of indigenous flora. Adults R150. Children under 14, R50 (under 5 free). You cant attend the recital in Swellendam if you sign up for the walk
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Duo Recital with Emmanuel Bach and Jenny Stern, NGK Hall, Swellendam

Mon, 17 Jun 03:00 PM - Mon, 17 Jun 04:30 PM
Prepare to be spellbound by the prodigious talent of Emmanuel Bach, a rising star hailing from South Africa! With accolades including a double first from Oxford and a Master's degree from the prestigious Royal College of Music, Emmanuel has honed his craft under the tutelage of renowned mentors like Natasha Boyarsky and Radu Blidar. From captivating audiences across the UK, Europe, and the USA to participating in masterclasses with luminaries such as Shlomo Mintz, Maxim Vengerov, and Pierre Amoyal. Join us for an evening of unparalleled artistry, as Emmanuel Bach, accompanied by the esteemed Jenny Stern, presents a program that promises to dazzle and delight. From the majestic Beethoven Sonata to electrifying displays of violin virtuosity from Sarasate, Enescu, Kreisler, and Saint-Saëns, this recital is sure to leave you breathless. You wont be able to attend this event if you are attending the forest walk. Adults R200.