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”Audience recorded snippet” – Star of The North Concert Band – John Rojas conducts.

AN AFTERNOON WITH ”THE CLASSICS” – John Rojas and the unforgettable fusion of music, wine & food tasting, motor show enthusiasts, and Port Elizabeth, Grey High School Pollock: 4 November 2023.

John Rojas and the other members of EASTERN CAPE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and other musicians; took part in the program ‘Afternoon with the Classics’ on 4 November 2023, 2PM – 7PM, for a one-of-a-kind event combining life’s three best senses: Sight, Sound and Taste!

It was hosted at the idyllic Grey High School Pollock Field next to the famous Clock Tower, creating a majestic backdrop for a cultural experience like no other as per the website advertisement.

It qualified both as worthy of having been a family day out or a unique corporate outing or just a personal journey. It really did deliver an unforgettable fusion of music, wine & food tasting, motor show enthusiasts and more! All proceeds were given to schools in Port Elizabeth, in South Africa.

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GOING VINTAGE – Stellenbosch City Orchestra – The Lourensford Wine cellar – Bye to a Beautiful Week.

Stellenbosch City Orchestra (SCO) Goes Vintage – Lourensford Wine Estate – Illuminated poster inside the cellar.

Saying goodbye to a beautiful week. John experienced the glamour and sophistication of a bygone era with the Stellenbosch City Orchestra’s latest production: SCO Goes Vintage, which he was part of.

http://Stellenbosch City Orchestra goes Vintage – Lourensford Wine Estate – Helderberg

This magnificent musical journey took the audience back to the golden age of crooners, with enchanting performances of classic hits from the 50s and 60s, under the dynamic leadership of conductor Paul van Zuilenburg. From the sultry tones of Ella Fitzgerald to the captivating voice of Nat King Cole, it also included memorable hits from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and other legendary crooners. It had something for everyone. The Lourensford Wine cellar in Somerset West provided the perfect setting for this unforgettable musical experience, with its picturesque surroundings and historic charm. It were nights of timeless melodies, breathtaking vocals, and an ambiance that was simply unforgettable.

Stellenbosch City Orchestra (SCO) forms part of the South African City Orchestras (SACO) network and as such exchanges programmes and resources in order to use economies of scale to bring the overall costs of performances down. It is made up of professional musicians, music teachers etc. who all hold other jobs as well.


Cabaret (Orchestra) 4’00

All that Jazz (L) 3’t2

O Sole Mio (3’35) N

Sparkling Diamonds (L) 4’04

Something Stupid (Duet) 2’58

Hello Dolly (Orchestra) 4’54 –

Summertime (L) 4’30

sHE (N) 2′,37

You only live twice (L) 2’27

Wonderful World (N) 3’25

lve Got You under my skin (Duet) 3’11



The way you look tonight (Orchestra) 4.00

Sway (L) 3’08

Santa Lucia (N) 4’30

Dream a little dream of me (L) 3’33

Delila (N) 3’19

Meadowlands (L) 3’12

New York New York (Orchestra) 4’20

Rat Pack [Somewhere beyond the see-l, Moon river-l, -, My Way-N) 9’15


TOTAL Run time 77’53

MUSIC AND FLYING – Share Picturesque Spaces

“Practicing Inside an aircraft hangar, and no, we didn’t play Fly Me to the Moon” – John Rojas

Stellenbosch Flying Club is known as the most beautiful flying club in South Africa. Established in 1973, the Stellenbosch Flying Club is located amongst the picturesque mountains and vineyards of the Cape Winelands.

http://Stellenbosch Flying Club (

One of the most beautiful airfields in the world. Stellenbosch Flying Club is popular among aviators and aviation enthusiasts from all walks of life. Their Club is a traditional flying club, where their core focus is to provide a home for the recreational and aspirant aviator, and promote General Aviation.This however is also the space, where John had music rehearsal in a flight hangar with Stellenbosch City Orchestra recently!

The Stellenbosch Airfield is also home to the Stellenbosch Flight Training Centre. A well-established facility that offers training from PPL to ATPL, and everything in between! This is possibly the most beautiful flight training school in the Western Cape!

They also have a restaurant for lunch with a view.

Contact: Stellenbosch City Orchestra (Paul Loeb van Zuilenburg -0027(0)842086724


John Rojas (oboe) is joined by his Beau Soleil colleagues Sandra Loubser (piano), Derek Fennell (flute) and Marina Louw (viola) in a short programme of chamber music. The concert ends with two works in collaboration with his composer-wife, Marietjie Bezuidenhout.”

  • Telemann I Trio Sonata in C- Minor, Largo and Allegro – Derek Fennnel I Flute, John Rojas I Oboe, Sandra Loubser I Piano. (0.06)
  • Klughardt I Schilflieder No.1, Op. 28 – Marina Louw I Viola, John Rojas I Oboe, Sandra Loubser I Piano. (5.40)
  • Audio and Video: Couch Concerts Productions (pictures screenshots from video recording).
  • John Rojas’ Farewell Concert – YouTube

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WINDWORX FANFARE (2) May 15, 2022  

WindWorx Symphonic Wind Ensemble:

WINDWORX FANFARE: Many thanks to our esteemed adjudicators John Rojas and Kenny Leibbrandt overseeing 14 bands as well as MC Henriette Weber, and organisers from Durbanville High School Suretha Theron and Chrisna Esterhuyse.

With 14 bands from around the peninsula and as far as Worcester and Gauteng, 500 musicians came through the door, many doing three performances during the day as well as a final massed band event in the evening. This is probably the biggest festival for wind, brass and jazz bands in the Western Cape.

FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN GALWAY FLUTE FESTIVAL: UCT College of Music and Baxter Concert Hall: 17 – 21 February 2015.

Derek Fennell and John Rojas appear with Cecily Salmon, Director of the Salon Foundation – Southern Africa.

Derek Fennell and John Rojas appear with Cecily Salmon, Director of the Salon Foundation – Southern Africa.

Beau Soleil flute students past and present were selected as participants in the First South African Galway Flute Festival hosted by UCT. The genial Sir James Galway, also known as “the man with the golden flute”, was always supportive and encouraging. His charming wife Lady Jeanne Galway, a formidable flute player herself, inspired students who played in her master classes. Together they generously shared their knowledge and years of experience with all who attended as observers and performers.” (Text and original photo credits)

 Staff members Derek Fennell and HOD Woodwind John Rojas appear with Lady Jeanne Galway and Sir James Galway.
Staff members Derek Fennell and HOD Woodwind John Rojas appear with Lady Jeanne Galway and Sir James Galway.