in association with The First Peoples Company

proudly presents

The world premiere of Paul Hanmer's new piece
"Mass for the First Peoples"

Concert Information

This concert is the culmination of nearly 2 years work, from the creative process, through the logistical demands of publishing the music, to the rehearsal period, and performance. The piece combines several of South Africa's leading musicians, soloist Aubrey Lodewyk, members of the Apple Green Orchestra and Choristors of the Chanticleer Choir.

Introducing Paul Hanmer

2012 Composer-in-Residence Paul Hanmer's new work will be premiered at JIMF 2018. This astounding work, titled Mass for the First Peoples, will be performed by the Chanticleer Singers, in addition to Faure's Requiem. Appearing for the first time in the Mozart Festival, the Applegreen Orchestra will be conducted by Tim Roberts.


St Francis of Assisi Church

Tyrone Avenue, Parkview


Wednesday 31st January 2018

Start Time

19:00 Concert will begin promptly at 19:30




Tickets are available through Computicket.

R185 per person


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Tim Roberts | Conductor

Phil Cox | Trumpeter

Aubrey Lodewyk | Soloist

Our Story

Following on from Paul Hanmer's successful piece “Top Drawer”. Philip Cox invited Paul to consider writing a substantial piece for Orchestra. The idea was a hit and Paul went all in to set a text for Choir, Soloists and Orchestra. It seemed to  make sense to write a companion piece to share similar forces with the Faure Requiem. Another reflective piece, often performed in sympathetic venues.

The composition of “ Mass for the First Peoples” has been an extraordinary project to be part of. We hope, moving the creation and performance of music in a different direction. In the past a composer would seek funding and then outsource the promotion, preparation and playing of the piece to others.

We have decided not to pass on these responsibilities to others, but take responsibility ourselves for the future of the piece. Like all people involved in the arts, we have a need to create, perform and bring to life music from the past and the present. It's our journey and we'd love to have you along for the ride.

There are considerable funding demands for the creation and performance of a new piece. We do need your support. There are a few ways to support this concert. Buy a ticket and come and enjoy the production. Book through the Intenational Mozart Festival site or Computicket.

Donations are very welcome and go a long way to funding productions like ours. Every contribution helps and your financial support is most appreciated. We are happy to acknowledge funders through our marketing efforts and concert publicity. Or you may prefer to make a donation anonymously.

Together with Philip Cox, a soloist in the concert, and the composer, Paul Hanmer. We have set up a registered company called "The First Peoples Company". Our purpose - to promote performances of the piece throughout the country and abroad. We plan to incorporate pieces by other South African Composers as we grow.

All contributions are welcome

Our Bank Details

Capitec Bank

Account Name: First Peoples

Account Number: 1549284477

Branch Code: 470010

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