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Darling Music Experience

Darling Music Experience

The little village tucked away between hills of vineyards and golden wheat fields, the heartbeat of the West Coast region, Darling. With horsemen riding throught the streets, gaggles of geese foraging freely, traditional brass bands playing during funeral processions, lovingly restored Victorian homes and ancient trees, Darling is the ideal setting for a getaway that promises serenity, nature, culture and much more.

2006 saw the launch of a series of small concerts in a rural setting aimed at both lovers of classical and more popular music. The name of the series, The Darling Music Experience. Three men, conductor David Tidboald, composer Hendrik Hofmeyr and music enthusiast Alfred Legner, got together and birthed the project which has become an annual event in the small west coast town.

Each year a top local composer is commissioned to write a piece especially for the festival this then provides the Darling Music Experience with the opertunity to nurture and showcase the exceptional talent we have in our country. South African born German pianist Andreas Kern provides all the artistic directorship ensuring that the variety of music on offer is of the highest quality and includes a good mix of classical and contemporary chamber music, popular choir works and Jazz. The Darling Music Experience also brings community ensembles and soloists together with well known national and international musicians.

The venues for the concerts vary between pretty wine estates, Darlings lovely old Presbyterian Church, village barns, and even a Vlei. Delicious local food and the well known Darling wines play an integral role in the Darling Music Experience and enhances the whole experience for you, the concertgoer.

In an attempt to ensure that the whole family is catered for, the organisers have also introduced the Darling Music Experience Musical Rally for the kids, which is a fun event, encouraging them to use their ears as eyes.

The organisers have stated that their intentions in a nutshell are to freshen the image of classical music and increase its accessibility to all sectors of the West Coast, Cape Town and beyond and to celebrate the good things in life.

Please note that profits from ticket sales and donations will go to the music education initiative DARLING MUSIC FOR ALL / DARLING MUSIEK VIR ALMAL for music tuition, the purchase of instruments and the funding of scholarships.

But with that many people visiting the small town and that much music on offer it goes without saying that the people of Darling would make it a festival weekend full of events and West Coast hospitality.
What else is on in Darling?
Artist Nicolaas Maritz exhibits at the Maritz Studio Gallery, Sithandwa Evita se Perron, the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre, the Darling Museum, the Darling Golf Club, music at The Bethlehem Crusaders on Main Street, Crush Day at Darling Cellars, Music Festival Smoothies at Chicory Cheese Cafe, Compose your own picnic at the Marmalade Cat, and olive tasting at Darling Olives.

The 2012 Darling Music Experience will be taking place from 3 February to 12 February 2012.

For more information and future dates please contact:
Alfred
Tel: +27-72-0151653
Or email: info@darlingmusic.org

Directions to Darling from Cape Town

Drive through Bloubergstrand and follow the West Coast Road (R27) past Melkbostrand and Koeberg until you reach the Atlantis / Mamre turn off. Turn right, drive past Atlantis and continue until you reach a T-junction. Turn left, following the sign that says Mamre / Darling. Drive past Mamre and continue until you reach Darling.

Should you choose not to turn right at the Atlantis / Mamre turnoff, you can continue along the coastal road (R27) until you see the Yzerfontein / Darling sign. Turn right and continue until you reach Darling.

Nearby Listings

Vineyard Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Darling

0.4km East of center of Darling Music Experience

This beautiful cottage is set in an elevated position; a small vineyard to the front gives one the sense of being in the Winelands while the almond trees and olive grove add to that Country feel. The front stoep provides the perfect place for sundowners w

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Burgherspost Wine Estate

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Darling

20.0km East of center of Darling Music Experience

Burgherspost and Cloof Wine Estates are nestled into the Darling Wine route at the foot of the picturesque Dassenberg Granite mountain. Our designer, self-catering chalets are equipped with:Air-conditioning, King sized bed, Fully equipped kitchen...

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From R 2 500,00
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Bella Capensis

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Yzerfontein

21.0km West of center of Darling Music Experience

Bella Capensis is situated close to the quiet beaches of Yzerfontein yet high enough for panoramic views of the ocean and the Cape Peninsula. Enjoy a sun downer on the balcony overlooking the ocean where you can spot whales and dolphins in the mon...

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Rotsvas

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Yzerfontein

22.7km West of center of Darling Music Experience

Rotsvas is a beachfront 4 bedroomed double-storey self catering house with spectacular sea views. It is a mere 15-20m from a small beach in Yzerfontein, a small and charming harbour town. The main beach of Yzerfontein is only 1km away.

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Sleeps: 5
From R 800,00
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Lugkasteel

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Yzerfontein

23.1km West of center of Darling Music Experience

Lugkasteel is situated on the peninsula of Yzerfontein (a small town within easy reach of Cape Town) where nature provides the entertainment. If you love seafood, it is worthwhile to obtain the necessary permit to collect white and black mussels, ...

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms

Lewens-Essens B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Yzerfontein

23.1km West of center of Darling Music Experience

If you want to break away from the rush of the city to relax in peace, privacy and tranquility, without traveling for more than an hour, you will be pleasantly surprised to find the little village called Yzerfontein off the R27 - a jewel on the ...

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Couvaloup

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Hopefield

31.7km North West of center of Darling Music Experience

It is a place to find peace, surrounded by good energy and homegrown quality food. In COUVALOUP we would love our guests to feel welcome and relaxed, and to create special moments that may bring joy to people's hearts....

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Sleeps: 8 in 3 units/rooms
From R 350,00
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Two Owls Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Melkbosstrand

36.2km South East of center of Darling Music Experience

Melkbos a quiet village and the gateway to the West Coast. No crowded beaches, all the fishing, boating and surfing you care for Away from the hustle and bustle of city traffic and crowds but close enough to partake in if you wish.

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Sleeps: 4
From R 850,00
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14 Big Bay Beach

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Big Bay

41.3km South East of center of Darling Music Experience

This up-market holiday apartment is situated directly opposite Robben Island in Bloubergstrand and offers 2 bedrooms (1 double bed and 2 single beds), full bathroom (shower, bath, toilet and basin), fully equipped open plan kitchen/lounge.

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From R 750,00
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118 Big Bay Beach Club

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Big Bay

41.3km South East of center of Darling Music Experience

This self-catering two-bedroom apartment is in a 24 h security holiday resort. It offers easy access to the beautiful white beaches of Bloubergstrand from where you can enjoy the unmatched views of Table Mountain.

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