RMB Starlight Classics is one of RMB’s flagship events. RMB has hosted this much-loved AfroSymphonic event for the past 22 years under star-studded African skies, at the Vergelegen Wine Estate in Somerset West and the Country Club Johannesburg.
Each year, concert goers are treated to a series of one-off collaborations that blend the world of classical, opera, pop and rock with performances by local and international artists and musicians, while enjoying a picnic under the stars.
RMB Starlight Classics is an extravaganza of music, song and dance that showcases performers from diverse backgrounds, collaborating to create music and magic under the baton of the inimitable Maestro Richard Cock.
RMB Starlight Classics has over the years played host to leading local and international superstars like Catherine Jenkins, Joshua Bell, Pretty Yende (and equally-talented sister Nombulelo), Sir James Galway, Vusi Mahlasela, Siyabonga Maqungo, Laurika Rauch, Lira, Riana Nel, Hugh Masekela, the Mzansi Youth Choir, Gloria Bosman, the Drakensburg Boys’ Choir and countless more.
As a supporter of the Creative Economy, RMB Starlight Classics has evolved over the past two decades to also highlight lesser-known talents and give them unprecedented exposure and learning opportunities alongside local and international luminaries.
COVID-19 brought about another evolution in the RMB Starlight Classics story, when for the first time in its two-decade-old tradition, the format of the event had to change to comply with social distancing and regulatory requirements. With the 2020 event at Vergelegen Wine Estate having been completed and recorded before lockdown, RMB was able to transform footage from the Vergelegen event into an online version for the Johannesburg event. The online version is broadcast via Youtube for all to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. The Johannesburg concert also includes special behind-the-scenes artist interviews and insights from Richard Cock.
Even in the face of a global pandemic, the show must go on. It is our hope that once the coronavirus is but a distant memory, RMB Starlight Classics can return to its original format, offering a truly unique AfroSymphonic experience to thousands of loyal followers – and perhaps a generation of new fans – under African skies, once more.