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Upcoming Concerts

15 February 12th ISMF: Brabetz
18 February 12th ISMF: Röhn
25 February CPO Gala Debut
31 May Mussorgsky's Pictures
7 June The First Sibelius
14 June Romeo's Fantasy
21June Buzlov's Walton

Debut Gala

Listen to Idols winner Paxton Fielies and The Voice winner Craig Lucas here in an impromptu rendition of “Smother”, Craig’s song which they have just released as a single. They will be singing it at the CPO’s Debut Gala on February 25 at 18:00 at Artscape … a concert to remember because it features some of the most brilliant of our local artists singing, for the first time in many cases, with an orchestra. Their excitement is infectious!  Craig and Paxton will be joined by members of the Zip Zap Circus, Standard Bank Jazz award-winning pianist Kyle Shepherd, Heavenly Quartez and many more young violinists, singers and a choir, dancers and wheelchair dancers. The concert is being directed by Aviva Pelham; the MC will be Nawaal Howa and Brandon Phillips conducts.  Tickets here.

Congratulations to

Fresh after winning a KYKNet Fiesta with pianist Jose Dias for best achievement in classical music for their Afrikaans lieder production Pioniers, soprano Janelle Visagie returns to the CPO platform where she has sung in several concerts to join the line-up in the Debut gala with Barcelona!

Flautist Sakhile Humbane won his category, Africa and the Middle East, in the Yamaha Gulf Flute competition in Dubai.  Sakhile played with the CPO when he won the National Youth Music Competition a couple of years ago. Sakhile teaches flute at the Cape Town Philharmonic Music Academy. So thrilled to win, he says it was “fantastic learning experience  to participate in a flute competition, listening to a variety of different players with different styles, personalities and abilities. It was inspiring too, for we had a master class  with a world-class flute teacher, Andrea Lieberkneckt, who was on the jury. Two other South Africans made the finals in my caregory. Rian Smit from Stellenbosch University and Paula Hill from the Hugo Lambrechts music centre." Sakhile won a scholarship to use towards music related development.

Marlene le Roux, CEO of Artscape, has been recognized by Queen Elizabeth II as the fifth Commonwealth Point of Light. The recognition honours Le Roux's promotion of the rights of disabled people in South Africa. Le Roux, who had polio, has worked to make progress with the inclusivity of people living with disabilities.


The board, management and musicians of the CPO would like to extend their condolences to long-term subscriber Mrs Julia Notten, whose husband Douglas was brutally murdered while hiking in the mountains above Kalk Bay. 

Masidlale at the Music Academy

The first three young Masidlale strings students, all 13,  have moved on to the Cape Town Philharmonic Music Academy,  and their teacher  Charlene Bogenhagen could not be happier.
      “Their theoretical knowledge, level of playing and technical foundation, coupled with dedicated practice and my help will ensure that they will be ready to audition for the CP youth orchestra in a few years,” she says.
      Charlene has just been appointed as a specialist violin teacher and conductor of the junior strings at the academy.
      Says Marvin Weavers, co-ordinator of the CP’s Youth Development and Education programmes, “we needed an experienced teacher with the know-how. Charlene has been head of strings at the Hugo Lambrechts Music School for six years, a further four years teaching here, and prior to that she taught at the Frank Pietersen Music School.”   Apart from teaching at our Music Academy, she will also start her own music school.
      Seen with Charlene (centre) are Ntabiseng Liwani and Asandile Madyo.  The third student is Esihle Mboniso.

Concerts coming up

We have two concerts closing our very successful 12th International Summer Music Festival this week  - both violinists, both exciting, and both playing in the acclaimed enhanced acoustic of Artscape Opera. Christina Brabetz will perform Shostakovich on Thursday, February 15, and Daniel Röhn will be the soloist in the Szymanowski Violin Concerto on Sunday, February 18, at 8 pm.   Main works are, respectively, Selections from Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev, and the Symphony No 9,  From the New World, by Dvorak.  Read the WeekendSpecial interview with Christina here.

Röhn will, with François du Toit, present a recital for the Cape Town Concert Series on Saturday, February 24, at 8pm at the Baxter Concert Hall. A Weekend Special interview with Daniel will be online later this week. More details below.

New Assistant Manager

Milena Toma, a violinist with the CPO for the last couple of years, has been appointed assistant manager.  She takes over from Paul Chandler, doing the very exacting job of, amongst other things, engaging ad hoc players for concerts. Since the current season includes at least an extra desk of all strings, that’s no mean task.

What's On

  • Cape Town City Ballet’s Mozart and Salieri is on at the Artscape Opera until February 17 and it’s a wonderfully choreographed ballet with magical use of lighting for ambience and sets with, unusually, two men as the protagonists.
  • Cape Town Opera’s Tsotsi is being staged at Artscape Theatre until February 17
  • Daniel Röhn’s recital with François du Toit for the Cape Town Concert Series on Satuday, February 24, includes, apart from the Kreutzer Sonata, works by Brahms, Suk, Wieniawski, Bloch, Hubay and Sarasate as well as Kreisler’s Grave in the style of Bach and Kreisler arrangements of works by Paganini and Tartini. Tickets are from Webtickets or at the box office on the night.

CPYO String Quartet

There’s a new string quartet in town – the latest incarnation of the CPYO String Quartet with (from right to left) Jordan Brooks, Shaheema Lakay, Rory Africa and Ethan Lawson.  The ensemble made its debut playing at a function for the FW de Klerk Foundation. If you would like to hire this wonderful group of young musicians for a private or corporate function, please contact Marvin Weavers /

Silo Concert

The CPO played to an enthusiastic crowd at the Silo District in the Waterfront last week and despite the wind wowed the crowd!

Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition

With the entries now closed, we are delighted that 16 young conductors have been selected to attend master classes with Victor Yampolsky in June.  The finals will be held in the CPO’s 13th International Summer Music Festival in February next year.

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