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Upcoming Concerts

26 Jan The magic of pianist Paul Lewis
29 Jan Grace plays Rodrigo
2 Feb MacGregor meets Shostakovich
5 Feb Beethoven’s Triple

Congratulations to Odile!

Masidlale teacher and former Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra musician Odile Lesch and Liam Burden, saxophonist and teacher at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, were married over the holidays.  Congratulations to them both, and also to Odile’s mother, Stellenbosch educator and CPO board member Felicia Lesch.   We wish the couple many happy years together.

Meet Paul Lewis

Sponsors of the Steinway keys will have the opportunity of meeting British pianist Paul Lewis, who will be inaugurating the brand new piano. Sponsorship of a key is R18 000 and brings with it not only this but a numbered and signed double  DVD of François du Toit’s Beethoven cycle with the CPO last year … as well as acknowledgement  in the programme and on the web.  If you would like more information,  contact Mary Frew / 021 410-9809.

CPYO concert in Mitchell's Plain

While audience members, many transported there by FMR, thoroughly enjoyed the CPYO’s concert in Mitchell’s Plain last year, the young musicians learnt so much from the collaboration with Resonance Training (RT) providing sound-orientated body work tips  and No-Name Initiative (NNI), which ignites and facilitates transformational dialogue across the nation and heals divided communities. RT’s Wiebke Renner and conductor Thomas Lange and NNI’s Jonelle Naude changed the young musicians’ perspectives of music making in harmony and improved sound and technique immeasurably in an open atmosphere. Read here to see what benefits the musicians enjoyed.

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

Welcome to the new year!

The 11th International Summer Music Festival runs over two weeks with two concerts per week from January 26 – February 5.  Tickets are becoming like hen’s teeth, especially for the opening concert. has interviewed four of the artists and you can read about them here
Farida Bacharova in recital

Guest concertmaster Farida Bacharova and pianist Albie van Schalkwyk will perform for the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa on Sunday, January 22, at 6 pm in Sea Point.
        They will play works by Schnittke, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev. As part of the Wagner Society’s aim to offer performance opportunities to young musicians,  one of Ms Bacharova’s most talented students, Tessa Campbell, will also perform a piece. 
        Tickets for the recital are R240/R260 for members/guests and more details from Jilly Cohen / 082 459-6225.

Cantata at Baxter in February

Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition 2016 laureate Chad Hendricks will conduct an ensemble in the  cantata, “Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair” at the Baxter Theatre from February February 7 to 19.  It was written by psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann and brings mental illness and psychotic experiences into the spotlight. Baumann’s libretto is brought to life through music composed by Galina Juritz with Dizu Plaatjies,  and is directed by Lara Foot. Fiona Moodie integrates her own artworks with that of work by patients of Valkenberg Hospital. The experiences described and the first-person accounts reflected in the libretto are authentic, derived from clinical encounters with patients and others involved in their lives.
         The cantata portrays a brilliant young student who moves from rural Eastern Cape to the city to study architecture as told by nine voices and the orchestral ensemble here.  The gripping story relates how he first flourishes then loses all perception and descends into a harrowing state of psychosis, tormented by voices telling him he is mad.

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