Think Tom Bombadil from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings... the inspiration for today's remote recording session, played here on Murray Kuun's superb violin. See the video here https://www.facebook.com/kristel.birkholtz/videos/10159367540581948 For a link to Murray's expert work, visit his page here: https://murraykuun.com/
Autumn leaves and petals carpet the path to a small intimate country garden wedding at Buitengeluk, Fourways. Thanks to Hands On Events for the booking. http://www.buitengeluk.co.za/ https://www.hands-on.co.za/
Autumn is a beautiful time to have a wedding as the days get crisper and the leaves turn to gorgeous golden browns. This wedding at the sumptuous White Lights https://theforum.co.za/venues/white-light/ venue set a picturesque backdrop for an Autumn Wedding. The wedding colours were warm rustics and natural elements, as well as some beautiful pink roses.
Another online violin session done and dusted. It is so interesting to play the varied range of compositions that come through for session work. Today's one was a little country number about a dorpie.
Thank-you ShawnD of Emotional Songs Playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1EoTQxPpErFEEgGImtAvc8?si=Rds-wqdsRLeIxW9hwlCzdg.&nd=1 for including 'Tears That Flow (Instrumental). Loving the playlist selection! Check it out for some great stirring music. Thanks to Soundplate for the connection: https://soundplate.com/emotional-songs-spotify-playlist-submit-music-here/ (emotional songs with vocals) More of his art and and music selection can be found at : SPOTIFY: https://spoti.fi/2XqggzS PLAYLIST: https://spoti.fi/2V3J4vZ DISCORD: https://discord.gg/w7tw7AE TWITTER: http://twitter.com/Chronamut GAMING: https://www.youtube.com/Chronamut REDDIT: https://www.reddit.com/r/Chronamut/ BEHIND THE SCENES: http://instagram.com/Chronamut/ GET IN TOUCH: https://www.facebook.com/Chronamut/ MAIN SITE: https://ShawnDall.com
The Wheel Keeps Turning (instrumental)-A rock inspired instrumental https://youtu.be/w_UtSwA1Rlc This instrumental version of Wheel Keeps Turning (vocal version as recorded by Cherry Pill) reflects the the ever-changing seasons of life. The song draws on imagery from the world around to represent how life and times can change. 'Seasons come, seasons go, but there’s one thing that I know; it’s that the wheel comes around again'. The song could be described as well delivered rock sound where the solo violin [...]
The latest session project was for a mini string orchestra. After some special requests to hear the viola I took a quick video while recording. The feedback on this project was just fantastic, I am so enjoying being able to record for composers/songwriters all over the world! 'Kristel recorded violin and viola parts for a musical theater song and I am not exaggerating when I say I had goosebumps when I first heard them! Her communication during the process was [...]
Guess who made a guest appearance at yesterday's music video shoot? Everything was perfect, the rain held back, the golden sunlight softly lighting the veld scene where we were about to shoot a music video for Christmas. Then just as we were ready to begin, the local grazers decided they would like to feature in the video and wandered into shot!
There is something magical about a Theatre. The red fold-up chairs, the glow of warm lights and the moments of prose or song that seem to hang in the air. Stepping out onto the stage at the Market Theatre for a private event this weekend felt like stepping into an ongoing production of plays, musicals, and concerts that tell our stories past, present and future. https://markettheatre.co.za/
Tears That Flow (Instrumental) is a violin led version of a vocal song I wrote and released by the same name with my band Cherry Pill. Listen out for soaring melodic choruses and pensive verse parts.The song was inspired by overcoming a period of physical and personal drought Tears that Flow recalls the feeling of longing for the return of something you once had or a hunger for something new. The contemplative 'Tears That Flow' will gently take you to [...]
As all things turning increasingly online,I have been trying my hand (or fingers as it were) at online session work. Very happy to have had some contented clients in the past few weeks.The most recent project had this to say ' Kristel did an amazing job on my track. She was easy to work with, and got the job done more than on time. The recording quality and performance were both excellent. I just got the first mix back from [...]
So glad to be included on the Melody Nest roster as a session musician. Looking for any string recordings for an upcoming project? Get in touch for blazing solo violin leads or warm, cosy string sections for your next song. https://www.melodynest.com/listings/south-africa-kristel-birkholtz/
It's the start of the rainy season here in Gauteng with some big downpours. It reminded me of a recent improvisation I did on 'Singing in the Rain' the carefree song from the 1952 film of the same name. Hope it brightens your day! Listen to the version here: https://youtu.be/ZPQDV2spaQM
A lovely couple that recently tied the knot at Summerplace had this to say: 'I have to tell you, you were the best for the function I regret not having you for the whole evening, you were amazing.'
'Let's do it, let's fall in love'.... so goes the chorus of Cole Porters memorable song 'Let's fall in Love' . With spring in the air and blossoms on the trees, Shepstone's Garden was a perfect setting for this mid-week engagement event... and she said yes! https://shepstonegardens.co.za/
https://youtu.be/S7pEUR5xlwk "Por una Cabeza" by Carlos Gardel also known for it's use as the tango from the movie "Scent of a Woman" performed here on violin and guitar. We made this video recording for Theatre on the Square's Online lunch hour concerts teaser series while concerts are postponed due to Covid-19 http://www.theatreonthesquare.co.za/ Hear more of my violin music on your preferred platform at: Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/2YFgoO5OQwmgu3zcBNe6sz?si=iM4WVabJQjmNi47mzSLFxQ Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kristel-birkholtz/291036502 Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/artist/kristel-birkholtz/291036502 Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/1132365 Please get in touch for live music at your event [...]
A Chef and a violinist make the dinner for two a special event. With the violin way up high on the balcony and the romantic couple below make sure social distancing is observed. It was lovely to see a couple finding a way to celebrate life and love amidst the restrictions of lock-down.
Begin die dag met musiek. Luister 2 Augustus Sondag oggend saam met Esté Gross tussen 05h00 en 07h00 op RSG se Oggendstemming. Deel van my album sal gespeel word tussen ander verwikkende musiek. Start the day with music. Listen 2 August Sunday morning with Esté Gross between 05h00 and 07h00 on RSG 100-104 fm's Oggend Stemming. Part of my album will be played among other invigorating music. http://www.rsg.co.za/programme-skedule.asp https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanMusicAwards
Looking forward to chatting with Kutlwano Masote on Classic 1027 Wednesday 22 July at 10h30. Tune in for some great music with a behind-the-scenes chat and some South African Music Awards (SAMAs) buzz!
SAMA #26 Nomination What started out as a project to help violin students practise for their music exams, evolved into a recording project and subsequently has received a SAMA Nomination (South African Music Award). So delighted to find that my Classical album 'Vignettes for Violin' released in 2019 has been nominated for an award under the Classical Music category. The #SAMA26 awards will be held virtually mymuze.com, and Mzansi Magic, 3-7 August @ 9:30pm to catch the winners and all [...]
I was booked to perform at a birthday event this weekend where the birthday girl had put in so much planning to make her special day tops. With the current quarantine measures in place, no public celebrations are happening. As a birthday gesture I recorded a happy birthdaygram for her to add a special touch to her private celebrations at home. The birthdaygram is available here:https://www.facebook.com/kristel.birkholtz/videos/10158456781126948/?t=0
In putting together some teaching material, I came across an old Sea Shanty called The Leaving of Liverpool. It is a song I had played years ago with a folk band and decided to look more into it's roots. It dates from around the 1880s if not earlier during the Gold Rush days. It was sung as an off-watch song or "forebitter," rather than a sea shanty.A lovely insight to the role music and songs can play in everyday life, [...]
Recordings can still happen with social distancing in place. It was fun to spend some time today working on some violin parts for a composition by Gregory Nottingham. Violin recording sessions online.
Lockdown has provided the time to edit some educational videos I've made for the new Violin Syllabus. A huge thank-you to Steve Flavin at Lovemore Music Centre for providing me with the sheet music, you guys are the best! https://www.lovemoremusicshop.co.za One of the pieces for the Initial Grade 'Sword Dance' can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/4MKLYYL9sPg
The lockdown period has given the creative juices a bit of time to simmer. Here is a pairing of something new and something old. 'Senorita' with the classical piece 'Habanera'. View the video of the mash up at: https://youtu.be/YBbErex9azw
As lock-down approaches as a result of the Covid-19 virus, may musicians have found that booking s and events of all kinds have had to cancel or postpone leaving musicians with a lot more time on their hands and likely less money in their pockets as a result. In the 21-day lock-down period, I've made a list of productive music- related activities to keep 'in the game' as well as a sense of sanity. One such activity is to record [...]
With my violin replaced by a bunch of bright balloons and a hamper of champagne, I set off to deliver a musical telegram, a message sung to the well-known 'Time after Time' by Cindy Lauper. The celebration was for a local company merger with a new supplier. The balloons caused quite a stir at the office block and the look of surprise and engagement on the faces of the board-meeting members as I sung the message, was priceless.
Love is in the air. This pic was snapped while performing violin at a private event at a romantic spot for a couple getting engaged. The event and set up was arranged by The Perfect Proposal Suzy White https://theperfectproposal.co.za/ and the video/photo was taken by Denver Paulick of Brightmoon Video & Photography http://brightmoon.co.za/
Lights, camera, action! With first year students ready to celebrate before the 2020 academic year gets going, LaserX and I performed a 15 minute laser show for the students and parents at the UFS Bloemfontein Campus. For more about what LaserX do visit https://laserx.co.za/ A video clip of the show is up at https://youtu.be/KYfXFQolaiY
A Christmas Concert with the collaborating musicians from Christ Church Midrand and Rosebank Union Church with special guest conductor Noel Tredennick from All Souls, London. Beautiful arrangements of Christmas Carols old and new had people heartily singing along.
The opening of the Christian Dior Store in Menlyn caused quite a stir and had shoppers stopping in their tracks, phone cameras in hand. Beautiful cosmetics, personalised engravings of perfume bottles and and a larger than life violinist welcoming guest into the store. My team and I had to figure out a way of providing the 'Ethaerial Violin' act, but due to height restrictions, without any rigging. It was a good challenge and we're thrilled to be able to present [...]
Some spectacular new jets setting the stage for an afternoon on a runway with guest admiring the new aircraft perfectly positioned with the Magaliesberg mountains in the distance. Some sophisticated violin music added the sound track along with the occasional chink of cocktail glasses. The day ended off with a tour of the jets, this is indeed travel in style! Thanks to Thanks to Pretty Wild Flower design and Events https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Advertising-Marketing/Pretty-Wild-Flower-Design-and-Events-317287379086990/ Along with Gigster Online https://gigster.online/ for making it all [...]
While the Sandton skyline twinkled as the backdrop to a private event at Higher Ground, guests mingled and listened to some funky violin music before settling into to a delicious meal. The organiser was most pleased and described the violin entertainment as 'just perfect and setting the right -tone for the event'. Get in touch for your upcoming private or corporate event at email@example.com
VioRimba is adds a twist on the traditional marimba band format by adding violin as a melody instrument to the group. Not just any violin though, this is one of a kind tin-can violin in keeping with the proudly South African tone of the group. This snap was thanks to Lood Goosen https://www.lwgphoto.co.za/ at a recent event at The Capital, Menlyn on Maine. Bookings through Hands On https://www.hands-on.co.za/
A Travel Breakfast held at the Indaba Hotel. A morning where all things travel in and around Sandton are discussed. Kristel provided the welcoming violin music whilst guests were treated to a mini-mobile neck and shoulder massage from Mowana Spa. https://www.mowanaspa.co.za/ The cool violin is handmade by Murray Kuun. https://murraykuun.wordpress.com/ Booked by Hands On Promotions. https://www.hands-on.co.za/
Hot off the press, a new classical album is available titled 'Vignettes for Violin' It is a collection of evocative classical miniatures for violin and piano Be transported by this varied and skilfully-performed collection of classical vignettes. Each short piece of music on this album captures an emotion in time. For a sneak peak at what we've put together, take a listen to the beautiful 'Apres un Reve' by Gabriel Faure https://youtu.be/ub-PId3cwRk If you liked this please add us to [...]
Beauty & The Beat performed the opening set for the 94.7 Stand Up Joburg Comedy Show at Emperors Palace this week adding some Seasonal flair with the chart-topping 'Senorita' at the end of the set. Catch the performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNh7GCkOaMc
Red Carpet Violinist, Kristel welcomes guests at a Cloud Launch event at Langhams Estate Guests were treated to a musical Red Carpet welcome at a recent Cloud Launch event. Walking on air as they entered and stopping to take photos, selfies and group photos with their newly-made acquaintances at the arrivals area. Sipping cocktails whilst listening to some laid-back violin and networking, a perfect start to an event.
A week of variety starting with a violin performance at a Book Launch held at the cosy Wanders Club https://www.thewanderersclub.co.za and then off to an early morning bushveld event for a private group breaksfast/luncheon Thanks to John Griffin for the fantastic photo and the violin used in photo no. 1 is a Murray Kuun Masterpiece https://murraykuun.wordpress.com/
Take a ride through musical styles from classical and contemporary through to country music. All performed live by beat-boxer/violin duo called Beauty and the Beat. Cotton Eyed Joe was a crowd favourite at this show https://youtu.be/phwOTZ0EUYE as was a new piece we've put into, the famous Habanera from Carmen. Catch the whole show at https://youtu.be/11N_ECYiWrE
The energy in networking café was palpable as small business owners, eager to grow and learn swapped details and later learned about the SME organisation. It was invigoration to meet and perform violin for so many small businesses hungry to succeed and to have met SME that make it all possible. https://sme.africa/
Early mornings or late evenings, music can happen morning, noon or night! This was an early start for a breakfast conference networking event at Birchwood Hotel Thanks to the fabulous Hands-On Promotions team who made it happen. https://www.hands-on.co.za The interactive screen which was a hub on the day was provided by Digital Display Technologies http://www.digitaldisplaytechnolgies.com
The event organiser on this event wanted something with a 'sizzle ' to start the evening and EthAerial Violin swirling in mid-air was just the jaw-dropping act to set the tone for the rest of the event. A video of this event is available at: https://youtu.be/wI0ye4g8gPI Thanks to http://www.chdf.co.za
Beauty and the Beat rocking it live at the Rand Easter Show Joburg's Talent 2019. Looking foward to the final rounds this coming weekend! Catch us in action Sunday 28 April 2019 at the Rand Easter Show, Nasrec Grounds. Finals will be running throughout the day.
Lasers and light dresses made for an illuminating evening at Fancourt recently. A laser violin show supported by LaserX and a violin performance by Kristel had the crowd reaching for their mobile phones. https://laserx.co.za
Sunset from above for a gala dinner event at Kyalami Racetrack in a striking long white dress that gently catches the late-summer breeze. A thunderstorm was brewing in the distance, making beautiful cloud formations as the white dress billowed as if to the violin music. A short video of the performance is available at: https://youtu.be/3Ilcx-8hJBw
With the year still feeling fresh this beautiful spot in nature was the setting for a morning wedding event. It has been a weekend of natural beauty after my band Cherry Pill just returned from a concert out in the Magaliesberg (see firstname.lastname@example.org).
Early morning office staff, casually drinking their first coffee in the canteen were treated to a Flash Mob Tango performance. In amazement, everyone took out their phones and forgot about their coffee for 3 minutes whilst being whisked away to the streets of Buenos Aires . The local corporate are running an incentive trip to Argentina and the tango performance was part creating momentum to the competition.
https://youtu.be/u3xaKUP63tc Twinkling lights and sweeping lasers make for an unforgettable show. At the recent Eskom Young Scientists Awards event for 2018 Laserx and I teamed up to create a show-stopping opening act complete with Laser bow and heads, Chroma LED dress and violin. Visit Laserx to see more amazing work at: http://www.laserx.co.za And the work the students produce at the Young Scientists awards is truly inspiring. To find out more go to:http://www.eskom.co.za/Pages/Expo2018.aspx
As year-end events are in full swing, the Red Carpet Violin welcome is bowling over invited guests. Everyone wants to strut the red carpet before posing for a photo like a celebrity!
The classic 'Gatsby' theme makes a regular appearance at corporate and private events. Guests just love the dress-up element and being transported back in time by the foot-tapping, swinging music. For Gatsby and other themed events, think of adding themed music to complete the overall effect.
CHROMA, the light-it-up violin performance. ˈkrəʊmə' noun - purity or intensity of colour. The new LED Violin offering by Kristel includes a colourful LED dress , Violin and Bow. Book soon to avoid disappointment!
The Riverside Sun, set along the banks of the Vaal River is a great spot for viewing some spectacular sunsets. At this event for a local company, a lazy boat cruise was followed by sunset cocktails accompanied by a chilled violin set. It's a great venue for a quick weekend getaway. https://www.tsogosun.com/riverside-sun
With Woman's Day falling in August in South Africa, the month takes on a feminine theme. PSG Wealth hosted a women's month financial road show for their fairer clients. The evening highlighted role women can play in shaping their financial futures. I had my note book ready and learnt a few things whilst performing at these events!
A beautiful day it was this past weekend in the bushveld, elephants and wildebeest in view. The bride left this lovely message: Dear Kristel thank-you for being such a great part of our wedding day, you played beautifully and I cannot imagine the day without you because you made our wedding a true fairy tale!
VioRimba as the name suggests is a violin meets marimba band collective with a distinctive African feel. Played here on a one-of-a-kind tin can violin. At recent awards breakfast the party started early as delegates just could not resist the enticing marimba rhythms. To see what happened next click the video link: https://www.facebook.com/kristel.birkholtz/videos/10156535060541948/
https://youtu.be/tsQeevowbk4 This lovely little ballad from The Wizard of Oz just never gets old and a special number to relive some childhood memories. The song is included in the violin exam repertoire currently which is the reason for the video recording.
VioRimba combines the lilting African Rhythms of a Marimba Quartet with the melodious Tin Can Violin. Over the weekend the group had delegates for the for the Regional Annual Sports Awards (RASA) tapping their feet and swaying to the infectious music.http://www.srsa.gov.za/pebble.asp?relid=3222 A big thank-you to Gigster for booking this event http://gigster.online VioRimba is the brain-child of Hands On Promotions http://hands-on.co.za/
At a recent public performance in the new Loftus Park centre a little boy drew me this picture on the back of a menu and rather shyly handed it over. It is so lovely to play at venues where children get to hear the violin performed. To see the look of surprise and amazement on their faces it truly special. A translation of the text reads ' You play beautiful violin' Loftus Park have great restaurants and a stage/activity area. [...]
These sweeties were too cute not to blog about. It is a heart-warming moment when little flower girls or page boys walk in whilst I am playing a wedding entrance or exit song. These 4 little ones melted everyone's hearts in their matching floral dresses.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxnl_zuyTlY It was a treat to perform for the 'Human.Nature' photographic exhibition by Natalie Field held recently at the Berman Contemporary Gallery in Sandton, attracted much interest from art lovers and investors. The beautiful shots from a recent artist-in-residence programme capture mythology, nature and the human form exquisitely. For more information on Natalie Field's work see :http://nataliefield.photography/ and the works at Berman Contemporary:https://bermancontemporary.com/
How did a wedding reception end up on the streets of Sandton? The recent reception event hosted at the superb Wombles Restaurant https://www.wombles.co.za/ had a team of photographers with a keen sense of fun. So much so that when not dining on delcious food we were outside basically playing in the traffic. The audience, consisting of car guards and restaurant patrons, applauded my solo renditions in the street whilst Candice from Belladucci Photography http://belladucci.com/ snapped away, waiting for the car lights to be 'just [...]
It's not everyday one gets to play at a Space Station. The quiet location nestled in the Magaliesburg mountains has a beautiful view of the bushveld which is dotted occasionally with Space antennae. As the sun was setting someone snapped this shot, Space stations and bushveld, who would have thought?
I often perform for many private functions and many are warm, happy celebrations. This weekend though I performed for a private lunch that inspired me deeply. A lady in her fifties had decided to to put on a special lunch to say thank-you to all her teachers. She tracked down all her primary and high school teachers that were still alive, arranged transport for them and had a hotel roll out the red carpet for them while I performed for [...]
The theme of tonight's event was 'Water' to highlight the topical issues facing us regarding water. Each table had a different expression of water decoration and the event was perfectly situated along the Vaal river while I added some 'water music' to the occasion. Water is currently a very topical issue in South Africa with our current drought conditions. Water is precious!
Wedding season continues as the long Summer months lazily stretch on. This wedding event was at the Hertford Hotel http://www.hertford.co.za/ in Lanseria. The venue have a serene all-white chapel which is where this photo was taken. A lovely couple and a beautiful venue, made the day a treat!
Tucked into the valley of the majestic Berg mountains this lovely spot is a perfect way to start off the new year. The event is for a company setting their compass for the year. I too am looking forward to a walk in the fresh mountain air when my violin performance is done.
As the Christmas season fast approaches and Carols are heard everywhere, I was very glad to hear my album Gloria Vol 1. Instrumental Christmas Carols for Violin and Guitar has been getting some airplay on Classic FM. Refreshing yet festive takes on well-known Carols arranged for Violin and Guitar. If you would like to get the album please visit: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/kristelbirkholtz2 or search Gloria Vol 1. Instrumental Christmas Carols for Violin and Guitar by Kristel Birkholtz on your streaming platform of choice. http://www.classicfm.co.za/playlist [...]
Over a glorious sunset on a peachy day in Johannesburg, car fundis gathered on the rooftop of Sandton City for the Land Rover/Jaguar Two Icons Tour. Performing violin on a raised platform on top of one of Sandton's sky-rises felt like being on top of the world!
Tonight is the night, catch Married at First Sight to view the wedding ceremony of the current contestants. The venue, Faircity Roodevallei and the décor is superb and the whole event took an interesting turn . Tune in to Lifetime Channel 131 at 20H50 to see what happened! http://faircity.co.za/faircity-hotels/roodevallei-accommodation-pretoria/ https://www.facebook.com/notes/tvplus/want-to-be-on-married-at-first-sight-south-africa-heres-how-to-enter/10154678490881754/
https://youtu.be/1wOBUN2mubI Philips Live this week was an inspiring activation by Philips of their Access to Care units that they are rolling out to service remote areas. This opening sequence of visuals and live violin performance portrayed the dynamic and live aspect that new technologies are bringing to healthcare.
Recycling was the theme of this event for Coca Cola's school recycling awards sponsorship. Various schools and communities demonstrated out the box creativity on how to re-use and up-cycle waste materials found in their environment. In keeping with the up-cycling theme, I brought along my Tin Can violin which is made solely up reclaimed materials and yet plays like real violin. To complete the look I had a dress made up with hand-cut plastic bag trim. It was such a [...]
A Night of a Thousand Stars was the theme of this show for a local company awards evening. So in keeping with the brief, we decided to light up. Sax and violin lit-up, costumes sparkled and our eyes twinkled with the light-up/crystal masks.
Chatting violins, orchestras and Stradivarius plus a surprise performance of happy birthday for the broadcast host Gareth Cliff at Cliff Central. You can catch the interview here: http://cliffcentral.com/gcs/gcs-25-8-17-pt3/ The figure in the photos was actually the birthday cake made by Crystal Du Preez at Sensational Suga https://sensationalsuga.co.za/. And the head actually bobbled!
A wedding with a difference today, I'm on set to film a wedding for the Reality Show 'Married at First Sight'. I can't say too much about today as the show will only be aired in October this year , but for now I can share the beautiful setting at Faircity Roodevlei overlooking the river.
On arriving at the Snowflake building on Potchefstroom this weekend, I was convinced I was at the wrong address. Being early to set up for a violin wedding performance at this venue, there was only one other car in the dusty parking lot, but the place otherwise looked like a derelict building. Plucking up the courage to speak to the occupants of the other car, I realised that I was at the right place and that appearances can be deceiving. [...]
As performer one doesn't often hear the audience stories behind the scenes of a show. At a recent lunchtime regular performance this last week, the concert co-coordinator told me these two lovely stories about how music can make a difference to people's lives: 'Kristel, thank you so much for today. One of our regular guests said she had sunk into depression over the past few weeks, but after your performance today, felt uplifted and able to carry on. Another rather fragile guest [...]
A Winter Wedding Dear Kristel You are one of a kind. Thank-you for everything, my friends and family can't stop talking about you. You made matrimonial event so special and I am thanksful for that. -Bride July 2017 There is a stark beauty to a winter wedding. Crisp blue skies and warm oranges and reds gave warmth and colour to this wedding event at Midrand Conference Centre. This was a wedding with a difference, as the couple had already tied [...]
As autumn begins to turn the leaves and drop temperatures, wedding events begin to trail off, but recently I performed for a wedding at an enchanting venue called 'In the Forest' . Imagine being on set filming a movie like Robin Hood or something along those line, that is what this venue looks like. The ceremony was held under the trees with guest seated on hay bales. The reception was also under the tree canopy with twinkling fairly lights strung [...]
New video recordings are just up of violin miniatures. In this set is a wide mix of classical miniatures, folk songs as well as a Jazz piece titles Pitlochry and The Muppets Theme Song. Ashlea Martin (pianist) and myself have been recording the violin exam syllabus as reference material to violin students. We make a backing track of the piano accompaniment available for download and provide a quality audio and visual reference of the pieces (see https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kristelbirkholtz43 ). ABRSM Grade 1 is [...]
As delicious coffee smells hung thick in the air at Urban Grind Coffee Roastery in Parkhurst, a small film crew headed by passionate wildlife videographer Paul Mills, started setting up camera angles. The story for the shoot was to create a typical morning on-the-go scenario of a woman drinking a cappuccino. The punchline of the shoot is that in the time it takes to drink a cuppa, an elephant has been shot. Paul, who directed and scripted the shoot is [...]
Cherry Pill took a detour this year and recorded an instrumental album titled Si Tu Savais . Si Tu Savais is a collection of well-loved standards that have helped shape Cherry Pill’s sound over the years, including rousing gypsy jazz inspired by Reinhardt and Grappelli, a touching rendition of Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro, and much more. Kristel and Rory of Cherry Pill decided to record Si Tu Savais as a tribute to some of the composers and songs that [...]
The stately Northwards House in Parktown hosts regular classical concerts. The beautiful Sir Herbert Baker Home has a lovely acoustic and an inviting music room that takes one back in time. This as the backdrop for a concert I did with cellist Carel Henn a few weeks ago. Our first half repertoire consisted of a sonata for solo cello and violin and other adapted classical works for a duo format. We had a surprise though for the second half. As [...]
Colourful floaty dresses in silk and chiffon were on display at the Secret Room’s launch of the new summer range at Bryanston’s Riverside Shopping Centre. Each dress has been thoughtfully designed and made. The fabrics are high quality and imported. It was a feast for the eyes to perform violin at this launch event with ladies whirling around the shop in various dress options! I have my eye on a few too. Visit them online at http://www.thesecretroom.co.za/ [...]
A special fund-raiser event that raised money for Anti-Rhino Poaching initiatives that was held at Kyalami Theatre on Track 15 October featured many talents to delight the guest. Fine artists’ work and photography was on sale. Musicians Samantha Peo, Andre Schwart, Saranti Rheerders, Kristel Birkholtz on violin in The Bubble and Rory Gaddin on guitar entertained the guests. http://TheBubbleLive.com
The Mercedes Benz Long Service Awards was a touching event to sing and perform violin for. One particular prize-winner told this story as the highlight of his career. As part of a manufacturing plant for Mercedes Benz back in 1993, he and the other workers were excited about the upcoming release from prison of Nelson Mandela. They decided as a group to build a red Mercedes Benz for him upon his release. Without extra pay the workers added an [...]
The lovely new range of L’Atelier de Givenchy fragrances had a very special launch in Sandton City this August. An engraver was on hand to personalise any perfume bottles or lipsticks bought at the launch. This was a wonderful touch and many customers bought gifts for friends or themselves that they could personalise. To add some ‘fragrance’ to the air, I was asked to play some mood setting violin music to entertain the customers while choosing their perfect scent or [...]
As a violinist at a corporate dinner event, I try keep my repertoire varied and engaging throughout the evening and as a singer-songwriter for my group Cherry Pill (see www.cherrypillband.com) I try to include a few vocal numbers as well over the course of an evening to add a little something extra. So on this particular corporate dinner event on 11 August 2016 I decided to subtly slip in one of my original songs ‘The Call’ into the awards dinner [...]
A dazzling Black Carpet Affair at the picturesque Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg for Aspen. Snow had recently fallen and capped off the mountains, creating a lovely backdrop to the surroundings. Mesmerizing violin in the featured carpet added that special touch.
I’ve been working on an ambitious project with Ashlea Martin to record the new violin syllabus. The first one is up on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4-YJqohISc with separate piano accompaniments tracks available at http://cdbaby.com/cd/kristelbirkholtz4 More videos to follow. Lovemore Music in Illovo supplied the music and we’ve been recording at the lovely Rosebank Union Church auditorium. Ashlea and I have performed together on a number of different concert productions ranging from serious classical to contemporary and we’ve enjoyed putting this exam series [...]
A long flowing white dress, chilled violin music and a bubble created the perfect backdrop for the Novartis product launch for a new clearer contact-lens. http://www.musicinthebubble.com/
An image from an event for a company breakaway in the gorgeous country setting of De Hoek Country Hotel, where violin and some of my original songs were just a perfect fit. The beautiful photo was shot at this event by Natalie Field (Natalie Field Photography).
The State of the Art Art Gallery 28, 6th st Parkhurst had a bustling opening night this week. Artists and art lovers from all walks of life came along to view the high quality artwork. Good art, great folks and a touch of violin music made this night special!
A glitzy red carpet affair was laid out for the launch of The Voice 2016. There was a mood of palpable excitement in the air as media snapped away at artists enjoying the red carpet treatment! On arrivals guests and VIPs were treated to an electric violin performance by Kristel Birkholtz in The Bubble.
Playing violin under this old oak tree was quite a special occasion. The company that worked on the property enjoyed the shade of this stately tree for over 20 years. Many functions, lunches and casual smoke-breaks were had under this tree. On this, their final day at the office, it was fitting to have one last lunch under the tree, complete with a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree and an electric violin performance. On a sad note though, [...]
This Mansion party was not a staid or stiff affair! Upon entering the elegant Munro Hotel, guests were given a five star reception. But around the corner awaited a fun surprise, on the patio were rubber ducks, snooker tables and even mermaids! How did I fit into the scene, well I was the elphin-shell-princess violinist on the shore of course.
An exciting day spent on set filming 2 scenes for an upcoming slot on the popular "Binnelanders" soapie. I can’t give away any of the plot, but suffice to say I am playing violin in 2 scenes. The slot should air in December so keep watching!
Whilst music and violin playing may be traditionally seen as a creative pursuit , I was certainly outnumbered by technology creators who competed in the Cyber Junkyard Competition. The ingenuity was astounding and perhaps I played second fiddle to these creatives!
Despite the chilly evening on Friday 31 July many Volvo enthusiasts, young and old, braved the cold to be among the first to see the new XC90 . There were a range of Classic and Sport model Volvo’s on display from private collectors as well. My brief was to create drama and suspense with violin music before the great reveal, which went down with much excitement. I couldn’t even get a photo with the new car the crowd was [...]
The romantic country setting of Shepstone Gardens is the perfect place for a garden wedding. Add the gentle strains of violin accompanied by guitar and you have a delightful outdoor serenade! Thanks to LÁfrique Photography (www.lafriquephotography.co.za) for the lovely photos ! Shepstone Gardens Website
Beauty and the Beat, a violin/beatbox collaboration, performed at a Mediatech After Party. As the evening was an 80’s themed party, we included some 80’s classics such as Billy Jean by Michael Jackson. The talented Justin Chalice added his vocals to the mix.
The room was a-buzz with energy at last night's Aurik Business Accelerator event . Brilliant entrepreneurs and small business owners from diverse backgrounds and industries converged for the award evening at the prestigious Michelangelo Hotel. True to entrepreneurial flair , networking never stops. So while performing violin over the dinner service, a couple of unabashed entrepreneurs networked with me. Song of the entrepreneur!
As a sort of musical tour-guide for an event themed “Around the World in 80 Minutes” at the Hyatt, Dar-Es-Salaam, my brief was to perform a repertoire of songs that would take the audience on a journey around the world. The guest list included dignitaries and business leaders from across the globe so finding repertoire that would be relevant was a bit challenging! I meandered through some Western Classical to American Jazz and blues, to some Spanish rhythms and [...]
I have played violin at various times of the day for different events. This morning though, I was dressed in glamorous red by 5h30 am to perform for the Pick n Pay store opening in the new Menlyn Grocery Avenue. It was amazing to see the queues of people lining up that early to snap up the opening specials!
These laser tech guys are always tinkering about and today Munki and I tried out a new concept, the Butterfly Bow for the Laser Violin act. The effect is a wide butterfly-shaped arc on either end of the bow which washes over the the audience as I performed violin to a mesmerizing house track. The crowd all had their phones out trying to capture the laser show, but this is the kind of act that you have to experience [...]
As early morning light shone through the tree-shaded patio of Klein Kaap Boutique Hotel, a surprise Bubble awaited the guests wafting in for breakfast. In such an enchanting setting I just had to include some classical numbers in the violin repertoire like Pachelbell’s Canon in D.
While my stop in and out of Tanzania was short, I was there long enough to experience that Dar es Salaam is indeed a vibrant and friendly city! I was there to perform electric laser violin for a 4G launch. Travelling with lasers and electric violins is an interesting experience as airport security staff are concerned by all wires and gadgets. So I usually offer to play them a tune on the violin to show that I am actually [...]
Rolling green hills and bush-veld laid a picturesque backdrop to an exquisite bush wedding. I performed some chilled violin music as guests milled about during the cocktails sessions. A few curious Karoo sheep even stopped by to see the proceedings!
On Wednesday, an otherwise uneventful and unlit section of Rivonia Road was punctuated by the glimmer of white lights illuminating a muscular line of Aston Martin roadsters on the showroom floor of Aston Martin Sandton. From the sleek silver Vanquish to the red-trimmed black Vantage, these cars look like they’re ready to spring into action even when in repose. Playing classical violin against this backdrop made for an interesting juxtaposition – elegance meets power. Sharply-dressed Sandton businessmen congregated on [...]
On a Red Carpet ride, way up high about the bustling traffic, playing some chilled violin music to a gorgeous sunset backdrop. The sophisticated venue for this performance, the Greenpark Venue.
Inspired by the St Patrick’s Day theme for the Investment Conference Event at Sun City , I wrote this limerick: A fiddler on Sun City’s Green Played jigs and reels to the keen Investors who danced And brokers who pranced To let off some conferencing steam Being an ‘Irish’ fiddler is so much fun as the music is just so playable for the violin. It is wonderful to see how guests from all walks of life tend to [...]