2 – 6 October 2018


2 October 2018 – Sundowner Concert

(Lutheran Church, Bloemfontein, 17:30, Admission FREE)

3 October 2018 – Organ Recital

(Odeion, 19:30, Tickets @ Computicket)


4 – 6 October 2018

(Odeion / Kopanong)

The ODEION SCHOOL OF MUSIC aspires to excellence and aims to provide superior tuition at an international standard. The South African higher music education arena remains isolated in many senses, and this impression is reinforced by a declining number of students studying music. The OSM aims to fill these voids by pro-actively generating and facilitating excellence on several levels simultaneously. A multilateral policy towards internationalisation and innovation constitutes the cornerstone of our strategy.

The Liesbeth Schlumberger-Kurpershoek Organ Chair was founded in 2015 by the OSM and is positioned under the auspices of the OSM International Artistic Mentorship Programme (IAMP). The main objective of the IAMP being establishing partnerships with musicians (soloists, chamber musicians, and pedagogues) who are pursuing and already have established careers as musicians internationally. On par with international tendencies, the aim is to deploy these experts as instructors to coach and mentor OSM students complimentary to the local residential OSM performance faculty.

The amount of students studying the organ has declined drastically in South African during the last two decades. Therefore, it is imperative for the OSM that the anticipated initiatives and intellectual capital generated by the organ chair will be optimally accessible to all South African students, lecturers, liturgical and amateur organists.

The Liesbeth Schlumberger Organ Chair is assembled of an annual week-long intensive tuition programme to mentor and tutor SA organ students and organists under the tutelage of Liesbeth Schlumberger. Complimentary Liesbeth presents two concert recitals contrasting in nature during this timeslot as well as a lecture.

Apart from the scheduled annual programme to be hosted by the OSM in South Africa, our long-term aim is that talented OSM organ students will have the opportunity to study a semester or more of their studies under the auspices of Liesbeth Schlumberger and her colleagues in France at Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon (Lyon CNSMD). Formal discussions with the aim of forging of a bi-lateral agreement between the Lyon CNSMD and the Odeion School of Music is planned for this year.

The OSM has presented already two already two highly successful events of the Liesbeth Schlumberger Organ Leaning Chair in 2015 and 2016. For both events students and organist from all over the country participated as master students at the event. The third Liesbeth Schlumberger Organ Leaning Chair is scheduled to take place from 28 September – 5 October 2018.”


Concert I : Sundowner Concert

  • Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707): Praeludium in F major, Bux WV 146
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Partita - Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig - O Jesu, du edle Gabe BWV 768
  • François Couperin (1668-1733): Messe à l’usage ordinaire des Paroisses, pour les Fêtes Solennelles
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1759-1791): Fantasia - Fantasie für eine Orgelwalze in F minor KV 608



Concert II : Liesbeth Schlumberger Recital (Odeion, Bloemfontein)

  • Louis Marchand (1669-1732): Pièces choisies pour l’Orgue de feu
  • César Franck (1822-1890): Choral No 3 in A minor (1890)
  • Jean Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Toccata, BWV 564


  • R140 (adults)
  • *R100 (pensioners)
  • *R80 (UFS staff)
  • *R60 (students, learners and block bookings of 10+)

Tickets available at Computicket or online at

*Please note that tickets for pensioners, students, learners and UFS staff can only be purchased at a Computicket outlet (Shoprite Checkers) or at the doors since a valid card or ID has to be presented to qualify for the above-mentioned discount.

Ninette Pretorius (tel. 051 401 2504)