The Table Bay at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is home to a vibrant cast of characters, who besides being passionate about hospitality, their work and their guests, also pursue some interesting passions and hobbies in their down time.
The hotel’s Assistant Food and Beverage Manager, Heinrich La Meyer is a keen musician who is adept at playing a range of brass instruments including the trumpet, cornet, French horn, trombone and the tuba. He has honed and expended his skills since the tender age of five when he was introduced to the recorder. He attended music classes at his church and was enthralled with the array of instruments. While his sister played the clarinet, he enjoyed exploring different instruments and it was only on his 15th birthday that it became clear which one was his favorite.
“My mom asked me what instrument I would really like to play and for my 15th birthday, unlike most kids, I was surprised with a trumpet. I played in the church orchestra and I loved it, practicing daily and even taking my mouthpiece to school to do mouthpiece exercises in order to have a better diction and tone with the instrument,” he recalls.Since then, he has continued to expand the range of instruments he is able to play, with the latest being the French horn. Although he has been proficient at reading music since he was 15 years old, La Meyer doesn’t write his own just yet.
“I probably could write my own music but it would take some time and practice,” he says. La Meyer enjoys playing classical music but keenly experiments with other genres when he is at home. He finds an outlet for musical expression at his church where he practices every Thursday and plays for the congregation on Sundays. The church also hosts concerts from time to time when he has the opportunity to perform. However, taking his talent to the stage is not his desire. Instead, he finds great satisfaction in teaching others at his church how to play music.
“Music adds spirituality to my life and helps brings closeness to God. I believe it is a gift that was given to me and I use it to bring honour to his name. Music is also tremendously calming and being able to lose myself in playing one of my instruments is a form of meditation for me,” says La Meyer.
La Meyer has been part of The Table Bay family for three and a half years. He lists interacting with the hotel’s guests as one of the most rewarding and inspiring aspects of working there.