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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

Steinway Unveiled

The 11th International Summer Music Festival gets underway with the inauguration of the new Steinway Piano by Paul Lewis on Thursday night.  Tickets are sold out but the dress rehearsal for this concert (and the other three which are almost sold out) are open to the public on the day of the performance at 11am.  Tickets  can be bought at the Longmarket Street entrance to the City Hall.  Of course, you can also listen live on FMR, where Waldo Buckle will be your host to the first one. A reminder that there is no pre-concert talk for the first concert, but Rodney Trudgeon will be back to co-present them for the concerts on Jan 29 and on Feb 2 and 5.  You are also very welcome to contact if you are interested in sponsoring a key to help pay back the interest-free loan we took for this very necessary purchase.

Samson Diamond is a role model

From his days playing with the Buskaid String Ensemble in places like the Royal Albert Hall in the Proms concerts in 2007 to his appearances around the country and in Tanzania,  violinist Samson Diamond has become a major role model for budding classical musicians.
      With Anmari van der Westhuizen (cello) and Albie van Schalkwyk (piano) he will bring the 11th International Summer Music Festival to a close on Sunday, February 5. See what the Cape Times wrote about him here.

Albie van Schalkwyk

Not only practising for next week’s concert and last week’s recital with Farida Bacharova, Albie van Schalkwyk fitted in rehearsals for his recital with Levy Sekgapane at the Wexford Festival in the UK on March 24.  Levy, the winner of the 2015 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, was in the city between engagements to practise, and has already flown off to Denmark.

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

CPO's Autumn Season bookings to open Friday

Subscription renewals, new subscriptions and single seats go on sale this Friday  for the autumn season.  Four concerts, conducted by Daniel Boico and Brandon Phillips, take place at the Cape Town City Hall at  8 pm on consecutive Thursdays from March 30 to April 20.  Renewing subscribers please note that your tickets will be kept until February 17 after which they will be returned for resale. One reminder will be sent prior to that date to those who have correct emails or phone numbers listed with Computicket. You will find the artists and the programmes here.
      Renewals from January 27 until February 17 from Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695; new subscriptions and single seats Artscape Dial-A-Seat or / 0861 915 8000. Single seats are R90 to R230 and subscriptions attract a 20 per cent discount, an extra 10 per cent for members of the Friends of Orchestral Music.
       More information from / 021 410 9966.
MENSA to host Steinway introduction

The inauguration of a new Steinway is seen as such a momentous occasion that MENSA CAPE TOWN is hosting an introduction. On Sunday 29 Jan at 13:45 pianist François du Toit, who selected the piano in Hamburg, and Garth Hammer of Iain Burgess-Simpson Pianos, who was responsible for  getting the piano back into shape after its long ride from Germany and who will maintain it, will talk about the new instrument and why people like Ashkenazy, Barenboim and Kissin think a Steinway is incomparable. If you are interested, you need to contact by 1pm this Friday.  A detailed invitation will be sent in return. Entrance is free.

Congratulations Ash-Lee

Congratulations to Ash-Lee Louwskieter, Masidlale manager, and his wife Wendy, on the birth of their son, Michael-John, last week. We wish them many decades of joy together.

Auditions for SA National Youth Orchestra

Applications for this year’s SA National Youth Orchestra courses can be completed online here  before 20 February 2017.  Applicants must be of at least Grade 7 music level and be resident in Southern Africa and be between the ages of 13 and 25.
      The National Youth Wind Orchestra course will be in Port Elizabeth from 29 June – 9 July, and the National Youth Orchestra, which will perform Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, will be in Johannesburg from 7-17 December. Courses help equip musicians with the skills to perform in a professional musical environment, and introduce them to a necessary network of fellow musicians. Ask SANYO about assistance with fees.

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