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Upcoming Concerts

16 Dec CPYO Concert of Reconciliation
18 Dec Symphonic Picnic Concert
31 Dec Nederburg New Year`s Eve Spectacular
7 Jan Viennese New Year Concert
14 Jan Viennese New Year Concert
26 Jan The Magic of Paul Lewis
29 Jan Grace plays Rodrigo
2 Feb MacGregor meets Shostakovich
5 Feb Beethoven’s Triple

Steinway Keys available for sponsorship

Make your sound permanent with the CPO by sponsoring a key of the brand new Model D Steinway piano that will be inaugurated in January. You will receive a DVD of the Beethoven Piano Concerti made to mark the 50th birthday of Francois du Toit in the last summer festival … and an invitation to meet British pianist Paul Lewis.   
      More information

CPYO receives new clarinet from Jan Royce Foundation

A big thank you to the Jan Royce Foundation which has donated a clarinet to the CPYO.  The handover takes place at the Classic Reconciliation Concert on December 18. The clarinet is the second instrument the foundation has kindly donated – the first was a cello.
Weekend Special

There’s a brand new arts journal on the scene...“WeekendSpecial is a unique South African online Arts and Lifestyle website which will cover all the arts – including music, film, theatre, TV, food, wine, lifestyle, travel, adventure, events and tech.” WeekendSpecial aims to provide up-to-the-minute listings, previews, interviews and reviews of the latest happenings in the arts and entertainment world, as well as featuring opinion pieces, live clips, giveaways and specials. It is produced by a team of well-known arts and lifestyle editors and writers who have extensive experience in both offline and online production. Here’s the first issue. 
Their philosophy:
“We are passionate about the arts in South Africa, and equally passionate about giving arts coverage. The team involved in WeekendSpecial includes former Cape Times Arts & Entertainment Editor Jane Mayne, theatre critic Tracey Saunders, tech guru Chenka Nkhata, former News24 and MWeb Arts Editor Karen Rutter and more.”  
The first issue carried stories about  Sue Pyler, dynamic presenter at RSG and on KykNet, who is the MC for both CPO festive concerts at Green Point (Dec 18) and Nederburg (Dec 31) and on Joanna MacGregor, the innovative pianist performing in the 11th International Summer Festival.

UBER offer to CPO concertgoers

To make the concertgoing experience less stressful, we have partnered with Uber to get all guests to and from concerts safely and in style!
      All new users can sign up with the promotional code: CPOUber, in order to receive a free first concert ride up to R100. To request your ride, simply download the free application for iPhone, Android, Blackberry 7, Windows Phone, or visit the mobile site:
        Uber is an on-demand service that seamlessly connects you with a private driver at the tap of a button. For queries, please contact Uber at

Have a wonderful Festive Season!

The CPO’s board, management and musicians would like to wish you all a wonderful festive season and a great and safe new year.  We are celebrating a great year in which subscriptions were again on the increase and all concerts in the symphony seasons were virtually sold out; while others attracted excellent houses.  We thank you for enjoying the music with us.
       We hope you will join us at the concerts in 2017, as well as the last three we have this year:
  • CPYO Classic Reconciliation concert on December 16 in Mitchell’s Plain with German conductor Thomas Lange and pianist Leo Gevisser.  More details about tickets and bus to Mitchell’s Plain here
  • Symphonic Picnic Concert at Green Point Track on December 18 at 20:00. With Brandon Phillips,  singers Brandon October, Janelle Visagie, Siphamandla Yakupa and Lukhanyo Moyake, as well as Sterling EQ. Tickets here
  • New Year’s Eve Spectacular at Nederburg on December 31 at 21:00 Tickets here
  • Viennese New Year with Richard Cock in the City Hall on January 7 at 15:00 and 19:00 Tickets here
  • And at Oude Libertas on January 14 at 20:15 Tickets here
  • The 11th International Summer Music Festival runs from January 26 – February 5. More information and tickets here and Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695

Cementing relationships with Dane Coetzee

Cellist Dane Coetzee, an ad hoc cellist with the CPO for many years and formerly principal cellist with the CPYO, has been appointed to the cello section of the CPO. An all-round musician, he also plays the trumpet and organ, and is a choral trainer.  He is also extraordinary role model for younger musicians in the CPO outreach projects, where he teaches.  He holds a tertiary education performance  diploma in classical music and has played in jazz and music school ensembles and orchestras. Dane is also principal cello of the New Apostolic Church symphony, principal cello of the MIAGI orchestra in South Africa and in Europe. He has conducted the New Apostolic orchestra and choir.

RSG Broadcasts resound

It’s good to know that people are listening to broadcasts of our concerts. Two comments came in the same post box … the first one is a collective thank you to the CPO and RSG from “all of us living in exile in the cultural wilderness of the Lowveld ie White River, Nelspruit.”  They loved François du Toit’s performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto (one of 5 he played to mark his 50th birthday earlier this year). “Wonderful sound, too – thanks to recording engineer and the City Hall famous for excellent acoustics. We look forward to hearing much more from CPO now that 90 per cent of SABC’s music must be ‘home grown’ …” .  Michael Smith, one of those living in that same culture wilderness, was equally glowing.  “Thank you for those few moments of sheer bliss from dear old Cape Town City Hall.”

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