Taalmonument hosts ‘All-night Vigil’ as part of Language month

In honour of Language Month 2021, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) will host a unique Afrikaans performance of the All-night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninov on Sunday, 15 August 2021.

Koorinsident, an ad hoc choir led by composer/lecturer David Wolfswinkel, will only perform this work in Afrikaans for the second time ever, which means that this event promises an incredible experience – and to top it all in the intimate amphitheatre of the monument itself.

The All-night Vigil, originally composed in Russian in 1915, is a service of the Eastern Orthodox Church (and Eastern Catholic Church) consisting of a combination of the three canonical hours of Vespers, Matins, and the First Hour. This night vigil is traditionally celebrated at events leading up to Sundays and at major liturgical festivals.

The a capella choral work includes 3 forms of chanting and is mainly four-part, although certain movements expand to an eight-part harmony. The accompaniment by soloists can also be observed. Among other things, the work also gained notoriety for the particular demands it placed on the low bass register, with descending notes challenging even for Russian vocal cords.

The event will take place from 14:00 to 15:30 and only 100 people will be allowed in accordance with Covid regulations. The usual entrance fee – R40 per adult, R10 per pensioner/student and free for under-18s – will apply and visitors are welcome to bring a picnic basket and drinks (no glass). For reservations, call 021 863 0543 or send an email to besoekers@taalmuseum.co.za. More on Koorinsident at www.facebook.com/koorinsident

For further information on these and other events as well as the Language Day webinar on 14 August, (online) courses and Covid-19 protocols, call 021 863 0543/4809 or visit www.taalmonument.co.za. The website also offers virtual tours of the monument and museum, information in six languages ​​on the symbolism of the Taalmonument as well as many interesting articles on Afrikaans, multilingualism and the institution’s past, present and future. There are also many resources for school and research projects. Year permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family (currently offered at a 20% discount), which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics. THE LANGUAGE MONUMENT AND LANGUAGE MUSEUM ARE OPEN TO VISITORS – CURRENTLY FREE ENTRY FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18