Mr Bucke

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Mr Bucke (fl. 1872-1873) was a musician and choral master.


Nothing about his life, beyond his involvement in Cape Town from 1872-1873, and his leaving the Cape in 1873, has has yet been found.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

According to F.C.L. Bosman (1980), he was an important influence in the musical life of Cape Town in in the early 1870s. He apparently founded (or perhaps taken over or resuscitated?) the Cape Town Choral Society round about 1872 (Bosman has contradictory information about this) and seems to have become a rival in cultural matters for J.H. Ashley (fl. 1850-1873).

Among the works he put on with the society was the cantata[1], Longfellow and Barnett's The Building of the Ship, in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town in 1872, in association with the Rondebosch Choral Society ().


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp.426-7

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 185, 287-8,

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