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22 Feb CPYWE at Oude Libertas
30 Mar Stars of the Future
06 April Gilman's Beethoven
13 April Petronel and the Emperor
20 April Khachaturian with Avigail

CPO restructures Youth Education and Development programmes

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has appointed Marvin Weavers, 27,  of Elsie’s River, as Youth Education and Development Co-Ordinator from March 1.  This is one of the changes the CPO is implementing to manage the rapidly increasing and well-established programme which includes the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, training ensembles, a  Music Academy and the Masidlale grassroots training project.  Other changes include the refocusing of Masidlale on results, fast tracking the best students and preparing more players to start with the CPYO’s junior ensembles. Ash-Lee Louwskieter and Odile Lesch, both already involved in Masidlale, will manage logistical planning and education planning/oversight of teaching, respectively. Masidlale teachers are drawn from the CPYO and include Noluvuyo Nteta, Siyathemba Nteta, and  Tembisa Ntshongontshi.
      “With 180 learners in the Academy alone and 70  from the townships to Mamre and Atlantis learning string and wind instruments, and 150 in the youth orchestras, the CPO plays a huge role in music development in the Western Cape,” Weavers says.  “I am delighted to be co-ordinating a healthy programme and look forward to working even more closely with the established music centres in an effort to inspire the highest levels and make music really matter.”
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Speedy recovery, Liam

The CPO wishes a full and speedy recovery to Liam Burden, teacher at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre and husband of Masidlale’s Odile Lesch, after his motor cycle accident this week.

Concerts / Recitals to note

  • The Cape Town Concert Series opens its 2017 series on Saturday, February 25, with a recital by the UNISA winner, Romanian pianist  Daniel Ciobanu. He will play works by Silvestri, Chopin (including the Polonaise Brillante), Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky Enescu, Medtner  and Prokofiev at the Baxter Concert Hall at 20:00.  Tickets here.  More information from
  • The Richard Wagner Society is presenting Winterreise, sung by baritone Robert Brooks with Gisela de Villiers on February 26. To put your name on the waiting list, contact Jilly Cohen on 082 459 6225 / This will be followed on March 26 by a recital by CPO principal cello Kristiyan Chernev and pianist François du Toit. More details from Jilly Cohen.
  • Starlight Classics at Vergelegen on March 3 and 4 at 7.30.
    The CPO and Richard Cock will be joined by lyric soprano, Pumeza Matshikiza; principal tenor, Jacques le Roux; and local queen of rock, Karen Zoid, pianist Charl du Plessis; tenor Nicolas Nicolaidis, finalist of The Voice South Africa, Thembeka Mnguni and the Mzansi Youth Choir. Book here.
  • The long-awaited Autumn Soirée of the Friends of Orchestral Music will take place on Saturday, March 18 in the ballroom of the Table Bay Hotel, at the Waterfront.  Popular pianists Luis Magalhāes and Nina Schumann will play music for two pianos by Rachmaninov – Suites Nos 1 and 2 as well as the two-piano transcription of his Symphonic Dances.  Tickets for the soirée are R300. Cheese and wine will be served after the event.  Please book your seats as soon as possible with Derek Auret (082 557 6566 / or Ruth Allen (021 794 2435 /

CPYO/CPWE this month

The CPYWE with Faan Malan will perform at Oude Libertas, on February 22. Tickets here. The programme includes works by Gershwin, Piazzola and Freddy Mercury.
      The next night, the CPYO with Brandon Phillips will be performing in The Fiestas, the annual award show honouring the performing arts at festivals hosted by KykNet. This will take place at Artscape on February 23 to an invited audience.

56 years on a dream comes true

At the age of 74, just 56 years after apartheid regulations made it impossible for him to play as a soloist with the symphony orchestra in 1960, Reggie Dreyer of Retreat is set to make his orchestral debut. He will play the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto no 23 in A, K 488, in a free Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra concert hosted by Artscape on March 7 at 1 pm. Read more in here.

Steinway keys moving swiftly

With 55 key sponsors signed on, there are only 33 to go to cover the costs of the new piano, thanks to R700 000 donated by Naspers and those below.  Donors receive a signed and numbered DVD of François du Toit performing all the Beethoven Piano Concertos in the 2016 International Summer Music Festival and a copy of A Century of Symphony, the history of orchestral music in Cape Town. Their names appear in a list of donors on the web and in each series of programme covers, printed at the start of each new concert season.  Below is the list as it stands. We are most appreciative of their support and commitment to the CPO.
      Nicholas Ackerman, Suzanne Ackerman (5 keys), Ruth Allen*, Anonymous (2 keys), Richard Berger, David and Rochelle Bloomberg, Mariki Chin*, Robin Crawford, Dr Chris Eedes, In memory of Azriel Fine, Pam Golding*, Hanne and Wolfgang Haupt *, Louis Heyneman, Natalie Jaffe*, The Kove Collection (5 keys) *, Kirsh Foundation (8 keys), Ettienne Koekemoer, Philip Krawitz/Cape Union Mart, Le Lude*, Faan and Kim Malan *, Dr NJ Nel, Nikola Nel, Rupert Pardoe *, M J Pascual *, Ben Rabinowitz (8 keys), Gus Robins, Brian Swart, Caroline van Zyl*, Ton and Anet Vosloo (2 keys) *, In memory of Sona and Michael Whiteman*, Phillip Zietsman*
      *New sponsors since the first concert of the 11th International Summer Music Festival at which Paul Lewis inaugurated the new Steinway

Autumn Season

Time is running out for subscribers to renew their subscriptions. If you haven’t renewed yet, or notified Artscape Dial-A-Seat that you need to miss this season but want the tickets kept for the next (this is allowed for one season only), you may lose them. February 17 is cut-off date. Please don’t miss it.  We would hate you to lose your seats.

New bassoon presented

Cape Town Philharmonic Wind Ensemble principal bassoon since 2015, 17-year-old  Richard Otto of Blackheath High School in Eerste River is the owner of a brand new bassoon, thanks to the CPO. His teacher, Charl van der Merwe, pictured with him (left), says Richard is a wonderful addition to the CPYWE, talented, diligent and punctual!  Richard started playing at the age of 14, and became “obsessed with its sound and beauty,” even though he had grown up with the organ. Richard, who has  never owned a bassoon, is thrilled with his new acquisition …. “ my greatest thanks to the Cape Town Philharmonic which has made such a positive impact on my life and given me the chance to pursue my journey in CPYWE.”

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