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In this issue:

Schoeman, Gerber, Grové...and Aviva Pelham

Centenary Book

Laurika on air

Len van Zyl's Conductors' Competition

The Survey

Music lessons and our youth

FMR's 20 Years

FMR needs you!

Ayrshire fiddle

Wagner Society

Dane Coetzee
Upcoming Concerts:
Winter Symphony Season 3
Cape Town City Hall, June 18, 20:00
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloists: Olivier Charlier (violin); Elizabeth Frandsen (mezzo); Esewu Nobela (tenor); New Apostolic Choir. Glinka; Mozart; Scriabin.
Winter Symphony Season 4
Cape Town City Hall, June 25, 20:00.
Conductor: Victor Yampolsky. Soloists: Liesl Stoltz (flute); Frank Mallows (marimba). An all Klatzow concert.
SICMF Bursary Competition Concert
Endler Hall, Stellenbosch, July 6 20:00
Divas Unite!
Cape Town City Hall, August 9 15:00.
Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Women's Day concert with an all-female orchestra and stars.
Joshua Bell In Concert
Cape Town City Hall, August 26/27 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Beethoven; Mendelssohn; Tchaikovsky

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Download Concerto here. It is also available at the concerts.

Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition

The Third Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition gets underway in Cape Town tomorrow. The finals will take place at a concert at the City Hall on February 14.

Have you taken the survey yet?

Have you got your Centenary Book?

The CPO has decided to make copies of its history, A Century of Symphony: The Story of Cape Town’s Orchestra, available at Peter Kramer’s Mezzforte Music at its concerts. If you don’t have a copy, now is the time to get this coffee table book which is, with contributions by so many musicians and those involved,  almost a social history of Cape Town over the last hundred years.

FMR: 20 Years and going strong

Congratulations to FMR, not only for celebrating its 20th anniversary, but on recent statistics about listeners. Mark Jennings, the station manager wrote in the latest Opus:
      “We recently received a fascinating insight into the make-up of the FMR listenership, derived from statistics compiled by the South African Audience Research Foundation. The sample size was small, and we must treat the findings with a certain degree of circumspection, but encouraging trends were noted: most notably that 48% of our weekly 42 000+ listeners voted FMR as their favourite radio station. This high degree of loyalty is unusual, so we are very proud of YOU, who listen to us for many hours at a time.
      “Other findings showed that 28% of our audience is under the age of 24, and that 60% is under the age of 49. We have a very healthy spread of listeners, both young and old.”

FMR needs you!

The fact FMR has lasted 20 years, writes Rodney Trudgeon, is largely due to the dedication of its volunteer presenters, record librarians, researchers, compilers – and modest core of full-time staff.
      “And, of course, the last 20 years have been made possible by YOU, by not only listening to FMR but keeping your membership up to date. We rely so heavily on the support of our listeners.  It’s only R280 a year …  less than 77cents a day.
      “We really need you to become a member of FMR and help us keep playing the wonderful music you love. Visit and click on membership – or call Pamela on (021) 401 1013 between 9am and 4pm weekdays.
      ”We are also very happy to say that we’ll be on duty in the foyer of the City Hall at the Thursday symphony concerts.  Watch out for our banners and a representative of FMR will meet you and give you the necessary forms.

Wagner Society offers tickets to Bayreuth

The Richard Wagner Society of South Africa is delighted to announce that booking is available for this year’s productions at Bayreuth. Tickets are for members only and can be purchased through the society. If you are interested, contact the president Herbert Glockner at

Thursday's stars...

Olivier Charlier kindly offered to do master classes with some of our young violinists from the CPYO. A man revered not only for his playing but his teaching, this is a wonderful gesture. Charlier is the soloist in tonight's concert – he will perform the Mozart Violin Concerto no 3, “Strasbourg” at the City Hall at 8.  He has come to us virtually straight from more from today’s Cape Times.
Conducting the CPO will be Victor Yampolsky, who is here in two capacities: one to conduct two concerts, and the other to offer master classes to 16 of those selected to go into the first rounds of the Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition. These rounds will be held over the weekend at Artscape, and just a few will proceed to the semi-final and finals in February next year.
      In the concert tonight, Yampolsky will also conduct the Glinka overture to A Life for the Tsar and the Scriabin Symphony no 1 in E. Soloists in the Scriabin will be the mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Frandsen and the tenor, Esewu Nobela, with the New Apostolic Church Choir.
      Read here what the Cape Times wrote about the maestro…
The season comes to an end with a celebration of the 70th birthday of eminent composer Peter Klatzow. As we said in Concerto, Klatzow’s long and illustrious career has been punctuated by numerous awards, and his footprint is large.  Marimbist Frank Mallows, who is playing with flautist Liesl Stolz in Klatzow’s concerto for the two instruments next week, has this to say:
"Klatzow’s compositions with their meaningful compositional approach paved the way internationally for a new library of marimba music that combined demanding technical virtuosity with musical depth and meaning.  The majority of Klatzow’s marimba compositions is now standard repertoire and the pieces are regularly performed at major marimba recitals and festivals all over the world

Schoeman, Gerber, Grové...

In case you missed the concert in which Ben Schoeman and Anzél Gerber gave the world premiere of Bushman Prayers, you can read the interview which appeared in the Cape Times here and Die Burger’s review here, Deon Irish review here and that by FMR’s Andy Wilding here.

Opera singer, orchestral soloist and actress Aviva Pelham is in New York.  Aviva and her Santa’s Story, the story of her mother’s life which had three sold-out seasons here and has been performed in Johannesburg, Helsinki, London, Cologne and Hurth, Santa’s birth place, have been invited to be part of the First New York International Folksbiene Yiddish Festival. Spread the word to friends in New York … two performances now on June 17 and 18 that tell the inspirational story of an amazing woman who travelled from Germany to Spain, France and finally to Africa.  The venue is the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  Tickets from
      While we wish her toi toi toi for her performances, we also say a huge thank you for stepping in on June 11 and reading so beautifully the three poems which inspired Stefans Grové's Bushman Prayers for cello, piano and narrator.

Laurika hits the airwaves

If you live in the Tygerberg area, you may hear next Thursday Radio Tygerberg’s breakfast show with outreach manager Laurika Steenkamp and two of her teachers – Ash-Lee Louwskieter and Tembisa Ntshongintshi – who will be talking about the Masidlale projects. After a Masidlale concert in Delft last week, Laurika posted some pictures on Facebook and had two invitations to speak on air.  There’s a lot of interest out there in how the CPO is managing to bring music into the lives of so many.  While on that note, read why music lessons are critical to growth…

Music lessons were the best thing your parents ever did for you

Read this delightful article by Tom Barnes and see how you can help your children with
  • Improving reading and verbal skills
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Raising IQ
  • Learning languages
  • Becoming  a better listener
  • Slowing the effects of aging
  • Improving  memory
  • Being better at managing anxiety
  • Enhancing self-confidence
  • Becoming more creative
  • Pop into Rhodes School in Mowbray on Saturday and see how the young musicians of the CPO Music Academy have progressed. At 10:00 the junior strings will wow you; at 11:00 it is over to the woodwinds, and at 12:00 you can here percussion and brass.
  • Trumpeter Gregory Petersen is about to take his Grade 8 Trinity examination, thanks to sponsorship from Paarl Media. He has also be chosen for a masterclass with Metropolitan trumpeter Billy Hunter at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF). Three more young musicians will be identified as time progresses.  Several others are also going to take UNISA exams, thanks to the UNISA Foundation’s waiving of the fees
  • Congratulations to CPYO members Jeffery Armstrong, Joshua Louis and  Shaheema Lakay (violin), Pearl Jung and  Esmarie Koch (cello) and Andre Visser ( oboe), who have been chosen to play in faculty concerts in the SICMF. They, and 10 others, are attending the festival and coaching on bursaries provided by the CPO, Distell through the CPO and the EPWP. The CPO is accompanying the finalists in the SICMF overseas bursary on July 6. CPO musicians included in faculty concerts include Annien Shaw and Simon Ball, as well as frequent ad hoc Emile de Roubaix. The festival takes place at the Endler Hall from July 3 to 12.
  • Matthew Andrews, the manager and librarian of the CPYWE and project manager of the CPYO’s 67 minutes for Mandela concert in July, has been re-appointed as an Expanded Public Works Programme intern. This Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) focus on youth employment with the WC government via its Cultural Affairs and Sport, has been in place for the last year. Matthew was first appointed last year. He is a clarinet player in the CPYWE
  • Jade Pietersen, formerly an intern with the CPO, is now officially a singer, and his first CD is coming out in December. He is singing in a show called Op Gister se Voetspore.

Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra and CPO Outreach

A couple of years ago, Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra made contact with CPO outreach manager Laurika Steenkamp with a view to collaboration on a tour here. On July 9 at 19:00, a joint concert with the Scottish fiddlers and CPYO, Masidlale and Music Academy musicians along with those from other city music centres will take place at Rhodes High School in Mowbray, home to the CPO Music Academy, following workshops.  The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra and the CPO share goals with youth development at the core and they will teach the Masidlale youngsters some Scottish folk songs while the Masidlale youth will teach them some African songs.  After the concert – and you’ll see some step-dancing here -  there’ll be a ceilidh and you are invited to bring your own pots and spoons to join in the fun. Tickets for the concert are R50 at the door.

Dane Coetzee's passion is not a pastime

Someone once asked cellist Dane Coetzee about his love of music – was it his passion or pastime and by then there was no doubt.  He knew, thanks to playing with the CPYO, that there was a career in music and out the window went his other options – being a doctor or a psychologist!
     Dane, 27, began to play recorder in the environment of the New Apostolic Church and when the church bought some other instruments the cello became his instrument of choice by default, since he suffered from asthma which put the clarinet out of the running.  
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