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Read here a statement about the CPO’s current financial cash-flow situation by CEO  Louis Heyneman. The situation has received wide publicity like in this GroundUp feature here.

We have been heartened by the response from several supporters, from half a million cash injections by two subscribers, both of whom wish to remain anonymous, to a pensioner and German swallow.  The pensioner’s comment:  “I see this as a special contribution towards a bail-out, and share in the hope that the Government will be shamed into resuming their support, if not this year then in future years."
  • Louis Heyneman has been invited to talk on European  Radio to top Cyprus radio producer and presenter Saskia Constantinou about the CPO's music development programme and what government cuts can do to the next generation of musicians. We'll post the link on Facebook.  The interview takes place on September 14. 

Louis Heyneman
Renewals are underway for the Spring Symphony season. Here are the details:
Two benefit concerts take place in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Spring Symphony season which runs on each Thursday night from Nov 1 to 29, and there will be strong demand for seats and new subscriptions.  The benefit concerts are the Verdi Requiem on November 22 which is being performed to raise awareness of the Duet Endowment Trust, established to sustain the CPO and Cape Town Opera into the future, and the FOM Benefit gala with the sensational pianist Olga Scheps on November 29. 
Conductors of the concerts are Daniel Boico and Perry So and soloists in the first two on November 1 and 8 are François du Toit (Chopin Piano Concerto no 2), and Yevgeny Kutik (Brahms Violin Concerto). On November 15, the foremost British cellist Raphael Wallfisch will perform the Dvorak Cello Concerto.  

Raphael Wallfisch 
Subscriptions for all five concerts attract a 20 per cent discount, with an additional 10 per cent for members of Friends of Orchestral Music. Prices are from R95 to R245 for the first three concerts and from R150/R95 to R400 for the benefit concerts.  Renewals of subscriptions are on sale now at Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695; new subscriptions and single seats go on sale on September 28 at Dial-A-Seat and at Computicket.
Please note that at this stage the dress rehearsals for the benefit concerts will not be open to the public.



Les Amateurs Virtuoses, the acclaimed French piano festival fresh from festivals in Paris and Shanghai, will present its 10th anniversary season in Cape Town.
The festival, which offers performance platforms to many of the best amateur (and professional) pianists in the world, will bring 24 pianists from nearly 10 countries. Included in the line-up are some of Cape Town’s premier pianists, who will present master classes and perform chamber music in the City, townships and Stellenbosch, says Julien Kurtz, the founder and himself an amateur classical pianist with a wide reputation, particularly in France.

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The final concert features Julien Kurtz (France) playing the 1st movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1,  June Wu (USA) performing the 1st movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Xavier Aymonod (France) performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1, followed by Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue performed by Thierry Goldwaser (France) and Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, performed by Thomas Yu (Canada) and South African pianist and doctor Bernard Linde, from Stellenbosch.

Bernard Linde
Tickets from Computicket; the CPO concert tickets are also available from
Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695


Sign up for a My School card and make the orchestra your beneficiary. 

If you already have a card, you can change beneficiaries and also link your Woolworths card to My School … the benefits to the CPO can be enormous, depending on how much you spend.

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is one of South Africa's biggest fundraising programmes and allows you to make a difference, just by shopping. Every time you use your card, the orchestra will receive a percentage of your purchase value.




Principal flute Gabriele von Durckheim may be passionate about music, but she is also passionate about running and running for a purpose that supports her ideals for music – a transfer of skills.  She is running in the Cape Town Gun Marathon on October 14 to raise funds for Masidlale. You can sponsor her here

Before the Cape Town Concert Series Baroque chamber music concert on September 22 at the Baxter Concert Hall, Anna Stoddard will present a pre-concert talk. The talk will take place in the Concert Hall itself and is free to all concertgoers.   This concert is part of a larger Cape Town  Baroque Festival,  which presents a huge variety of local and international soloists and ensembles over the Heritage Weekend from 21 - 23 September.  
More details here

  • The three Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition winners, Brandon Phillips, Xavier Cloete and Chad Hendricks, conducted the combined CPO and CPYO in a packed lunch-hour concert in the Artscape Chandelier foyer.
  •  A viola class has been successfully started for six Grade 2 Masidlale students from the Zenzeleni Waldorf School
  •  Masidlale student Jose Witbooi (16) from Atlantis has successfully auditioned for the Hugo Lambrechts Junior String orchestra
  • The Pella Moravian School has raised R10 000 to purchase six flutes for the Masidlale project there

One of the soloists in the recent Concerto Festival at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre was Damian Daniels, a Grade 9 learner at  Atlantis Secondary, a graduate of the Masidlale winds project in Mamre and a member of the CPO Music Academy Wind Band.  Damian played the Haydn Trumpet Concerto, 2nd movement, under the direction of Liam Burden, one of the contenders in the Fourth Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition.  About Damien, Liam Burden has this to say: “Damien's stellar performance was a highlight for me. His beautiful sound and musical phrase made him a favorite amongst the audience as well as the orchestra. I am confident that this young man is a rising star on the South African music scene.”

From left: Lincoln Isaacs, Damian’s teacher, Damian, Odile Burden and Marvin Weavers


The CPO board, management and musicians would like to congratulate
  • Debbie Turner, new CEO of Cape Town City Ballet
  • Elise Brunelle, new CEO of Cape Town Opera
We look forward to continued great relationships with the two companies.

We also congratulate
  • Violinist Annien Shaw and her husband Gareth on the birth of their son, Aedan.


The annual FOM Quiz is back with a new venue  - Bowman’s on Bree – and a new professional quizmaster, Morne Wessels who promises a great mix of questions from music to history, geography and general knowledge.  
Tickets are R150 and include soup and wine.

Appointed Principal Viola in July 2018, Petrus Coetzee studied at the University of Stellenbosch (MMus in Chamber Music with Suzanne Martens), the Vorarlberg State Conservatoire in Austria (Master’s Diploma in Viola) and at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media in Germany, where he completed an MMus in Viola.

Petrus Coetzee
It was something of a fluke that Coetzee became a violist. He first learnt the violin and the piano, and so it was that he gained orchestral experience as a violinist in the SA National Youth Orchestra and as an ad hoc player with the CPO and Camerata Tinta Barocca. But then, out of sheer curiosity, he took up the viola in his last years at Stellenbosch and was soon hooked. He decided to concentrate on the viola and in 2011 left for Austria, then Germany where he completed two more degrees. Read more

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Upcoming Concerts

October  26, 27 Maher Zain in concert   
November 1 Du Toit plays Chopin

November 8 Beguiling Brahms
November 15 Wallfisch and his cello
November 18 
Les Amateurs Virtuoses
November 22 Duet Gala: Verdi Requiem
November 29 FOM Benefit: Olga Scheps
November 30 
Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert
December 20 Hough & Beethoven

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