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Upcoming Concerts

July 7, 8 CPO at the NAF, Grahamstown
24 August Summertime in Spring
31 August Tchaikovsky for a winner!
7 September Sibelius’s Symphonic Concerto
14 September Schumann and Strauss

CPO at the National Arts Festival

Pianist Luis Magalhães, cellist Abel Selaocoe and concertmaster Patrick Goodwin are the soloists in one each of two concerts, conducted by Bernhard Gueller and Richard Cock, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this weekend.  Abel is the Standard Bank Young Musician of 2017.

Read Deon Irish’s review of the second and third concerts in our Winter season.

Steinway - A big thank you

By the time you read this, there will be three (or maybe none) left of 88 keys which were “sold” to pay for the new Steinway Grand Piano which saw so much use in the last season alone!  We are grateful to those who believed in our decision to replace our 30-year-old plus Steinway.  It proved to be a great purchase for all the musicians who have played on the piano, chosen by François du Toit in Hamburg last year, and have heaped praise on it.
       We are grateful to the following, whose names will be forever associated with key on the CPO web, as well as to Naspers which made the purchase possible through a large initial donation.
Nicholas Ackerman* Raymond Ackerman * Suzanne Ackerman (5 keys)* Wendy Ackerman * Ruth Allen* Allen Ambor & Family* Amanda Katz Architects*  Anonymous (4 keys)* Sandy Bean* Richard Berger* In memory of Jean Louis Bertin* In memory of Clive William Blaiklock * David and Rochelle Bloomberg* David Brokensha *Mariki Chin* Robin Crawford* In memory of Beatrice de Kock* Dr Chris Eedes* In memory of Azriel Fine (2) * Margot Gawith* Pam Golding* Hanne and Wolfgang Haupt* Louis Heyneman (2 keys)* Joan St Ledger Lindbergh Charitable Trust (3) * Gordon Johnson* Kirsh Foundation (8 keys)* Ettienne Koekemoer* The Kove Collection (5 keys)* Philip Krawitz/Cape Union Mart* Le Lude*  In memory of David Luyt* Faan and Kim Malan* In memory of Solly Marks* Marietha Mostert * Dr NJ Nel* Nikola Nel* Shirley Parkfelt* Rupert Pardoe (2 keys)* In memory of Sara Pascall* Maria-Jose Pascual* Ben Rabinowitz (8 keys)* Gus Robins* In memory of Jenny Rogan (2 keys)* (Allister Rogan; Helen Boonzaier)* In memory of Mina Smulowitz* Brian Swart* Nancy and Michael van Breda * Bill van Rensburg* Caroline van Zyl (3 keys)* Ton and Anet Vosloo (2 keys)* In memory of Sona and Michael Whiteman* Phillip Zietsman.


  • July 11 sees the  International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition winner in 2015, tenor Levy Sekgapane, partnered by Albie van Schalkwyk, in a recital at the Baxter Concert Hall at 19.30. Levy, who was also the winner of the Monserrat Caballé International Singing Competition, has become the latest opera sensation in Europe. His appearances range from Bavarian Opera to Hamburg Opera, Semper Oper in Dresden to Deutsches Oper in Berlin in Germany alone.
          This concert will be a repeat of the programme they presented in Ireland in March, a concert which received rave audience and critical reviews.  The time is coming when we won’t have a chance to hear him in his native country because of his international commitments.
          You will hear Beethoven’s song cycle “An die ferne Geliebte” as well as 3 songs by Fauré, folk song arrangements by Benjamin Britten, bel canto songs by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Donaudy and opera arias by Donizetti, Rossini, Lalo and Boieldieu. Tickets from Computicket only.   The concert is a collaboration of the Songmakers’ Guild and the SA College of Music.
  • July 13, 20 and 27 Cape Town Opera’s Grace Notes. This unique concert of a cappella sacred music, acclaimed at its premiere performances in France, juxtaposes ancient and modern music from Europe and Africa, interspersing sacred compositions by Byrd, Palestrina, Duruflé and Pärt with religious music drawn from Xhosa, Venda, Zulu and Swahili traditions. The first two performances are at St George’s Cathedral, the third in St John’s Church, Wynberg. Book Book now:
  • July 30 - Tickets are on sale now for the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE) and Germany’s award-winning Ulm Youth Wind Orchestra who will begin playing at 4pm. The concert, at the New Apostolic Church at the Silvertown Auditorium, will feature conductors Brandon Phillips and Josef Christ conducting their own ensembles and then the bands will join together for Gounod’s Festive Dance and Pata Pata. The CPYWE will play works for or arranged for wind band by, amongst others,  Holst, Piazzolla and Gershwin.  The Ulm Orchestra will play a selection of works that includes Fiddler on the Roof and from the Phil Collins Collection.  Then the 100 plus musicians will mass together. Tickets from Computicket and, if available, at the door. More information: Marvin Weavers 021 410 9809 / 073 852 7829.
Spring Season Tickets

With new subscriptions and single seats for the Spring symphony season of four concerts from August 24 – Sept 14 going on sale on July 18, we would like to remind current subscribers that you have until July 11 to renew.  If you cannot take tickets up for this season but want them retained for the Summer season in November, you need to notify us please. We are constantly being asked by potential subscribers for seats and will release those not required if they have not been renewed or we have not been notified.  Download the concert card here or read about them on the website here.

David Tidboald

Ninety last year and still going strong, David Tidboald is moving from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg. The CPO is sorry to say au revoir to him, one of the most well-known names on the South African concert and opera platform for more than 50 years and a fixture with the orchestras in Cape Town!  CEO Louis Heyneman presented him with the second Order of the CPO at a small function this week.

Thanks to the Africa Centre for HIV and AIDS

The CPO is now the proud owner of a selection of scores that include an eclectic mix of arrangements of songs like Memory (Cats), I Can See Clearly Now, other Broadway hit songs, Pops, Pops classics and some classical works. This is thanks to a donation from two very generous men --- Professors  Jimmie Earl Perry (left) and Jan du Toit of the Africa Centre for HIV and AIDS at Stellenbosch University.  In 2005,  the two men invited the CPO to be part of World AIDS Day gala concerts. The idea was not only to raise awareness of the need for testing for HIV/AIDS but to provide platforms for local and international artists such as Golda Schultz and Janelle Visagie, but for Jimmie himself who was the original Deuteronomy in the first Broadway production of Cats. These concerts, the brainchild of Professor Perry, proved to be so popular – first at the Convention Centre and then at Artscape Opera, that soon a second series, SA Artists for Aids Awareness, was taking place.  Popular though they were, the question of funding saw an end to the concerts a few years ago.  Arrangements are by Mike Campbell, George Michie who conducted many of the concerts, and Andrew Ford.  Jimmie came to South Africa to the Centre in 2004 and has been involved in industrial theatre for many years, and was thrilled to see how the venues were filled with people from as far afield as Beaufort West, dressed up to the nines,  many of them hearing an orchestra for the first time.  While both men are winding down their involvement at the centre, they have certainly not stopped – another project is on the cards!
      Their gift to the CPO is priceless – it  means that forevermore superb arrangements of wonderful music will be in the CPO’s library, in print and electronically, able to be played at any time at no cost to us.  
      Thank you, so much, Professors!

Masidlale wows Stellenbosch

What better way to kick off the 14th Stellenbosch International Music Festival at the Endler Hall than with the musicians of tomorrow?  Learners from the CPO’s strings and brass Masidlale grassroots training projects performed in a crowded foyer …. playing together with them were teachers Odile Burden, Tembisa Ntshongontshi, Noluvuyo Nteta, and Monica Dadase (drums) while the strings were conducted by Siyathemba Nteto and the brass by Ash-Lee Louwskieter. Also part of the ensembles were Leeroy Simpson (former CPYO and current ad hoc CPO trombone),  cellist Kwasi Mkula, former principal CPYO cello and now a music teacher in Grahamstown and Carin Donson, currently in the CPYO French horn section.  The SIMCF continues until Sunday, with 18 CPYO members being coached and gaining performance experience, some of them in the main symphony orchestra, some in the second orchestra and 13 in several of the faculty concerts.  Ten of the players are on bursaries from the CPO.


  • Mandla Mndebele, most recently heard with the CPO in the Johan Botha gala concert last year, won the Third and Audience prizes at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Moscow last night.
  • Lukhanyo Moyake, our soloist at Nederburg on New Year's Eve and the Viennese New Year concerts, for reaching the finals of the Cardiff Singer of the World.


The board, management and staff of the CPO would like to express sincere condolences to
  • Kim Fowler, her husband and children, whose  daughter Louise, aged 7, was swept away by a freak wave at Betty’s Bay last week. Kim played in our cello section as an extra player for many years
  • the family of Henk Rubidge, long term concertgoer and member of the Friends of Orchestral Music committee for ages, who died suddenly late last month

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