Who is Monty Brett?
Monty started running birding courses in 1984. Over the years, the courses have covered topics such as trees, grasses, sea-fishes and, of course, birds and wildlife. In 1994, classical music events were added to the mix, and in 1995, Baroque in the Bush was born. It was a wonderful success, and has been their flagship event ever since.
The courses are aimed at those who enjoy the cultural and environmental side of life. If you enjoy getting together with like-minded people and sharing interests in classical music, birding and wildlife, then these courses and events will be right up your alley.
Crackling Critchley Concerts
The exclusive and intimate Critchley Hackle Lodge in Dullstroom is the place to be from Friday, 8th to Sunday, 10th of August. This luxurious mid-winter getaway mixes pleasure with pleasure – good food and excellent company are combined with exquisite music under the baton of Dr Richard Cock. Each of the well appointed suites has its own fireplace where you can warm your tootsies before snuggling in for the night.
Dates: Friday, 8th – Sunday, 10th of August, 2008
Venue: Critchley Hackle Lodge in Dullstroom
Cottage Rooms and Tower Rooms – R4 230 per person sharing
Lakeside Rooms – R4 500 per person sharing
Royal Suites – R4 670 per person sharing
Baroque in the Bush
This is a unique event in the world. Shingwedzi Camp in the Kruger Park is the venue for a weekend of marvellous music with Dr Richard Cock and a selection of the best players from the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. The music will be supplemented with Richard’s amusing and informative talks on the pieces being performed and the composers who created them. September is one of the best times of the year in the Park – the days are warm enough to encourage you into the pool, the evenings are beautiful, the trees are in full bud, and sometimes you’re lucky enough to get a rainstorm.
Dates: Friday, 19th – Monday, 22nd of September, 2008 (in on Friday afternoon, depart Monday morning)
Venue: Shingwedzi Camp, Kruger National Park. Details and directions will be sent to you on receipt of your booking and payment.
3-bedded hut with loft, bathroom & kitchen – R3 520 per person sharing
2-bedded hut with kitchen and bathroom – R3 495 per person sharing
2-bedded hut with bathroom – R3 150 per person sharing
3-bedded hut with communal ablutions – 2 495 per person sharing
Camping (own camping equipment must be supplied) – R2 050 per person
Please note that these costs include all concerts, music lectures and dinners on all three nights. They DO NOT include the Kruger Park entrance fee, which must be paid at the gate on entry into the park.
Music in the Mist
This is a sublime weekend of music, mist and memorable moments at the fabulous Magoebaskloof Hotel, from 7th to 9th November. Dr Richard Cock will lead some of the best principal players of the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra in midday and evening concerts. Bird expert Clive Hopcroft will give an illustrated talk on the birds to be found in the area, and then he’ll lead an early morning walk through the Woodbush Forest – who knows … there may be a Starred Robin or a Narina Trogon in the offing. Also over the course of the weekend, local historian Dr Louis Changuion will give a fascinating talk on the history of the area.
Dates: Friday, 7th – Sunday, 9th of November, 2008
Venue: Magoebaskloof Hotel near Tzaneen. Details and directions will be supplied on receipt of your payment.
Cost: R3 250 per person sharing. This cost includes dinner, bed and breakfast for the weekend, as well as all the musical and birding events.
For further details and to book your place at any of these events, contact Kimberley on the details alongside, or visit the Monty Brett website.