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In this issue:

Joshua Bell

FOM Gala and survey results

Daniel Prozesky

The Young Ones

CPYO's new assistant conductors

Brandon's Beat

Anele Mhlahlo

Divas Unite

Zanne Stapelberg


Foreign Funding reminder

Watch Brahm's friend

FMR turned 20!

Rest in peace
Upcoming Concerts:
Divas Unite!
Cape Town City Hall, August 9 15:00.
Conductor: Brandon Phillips. Women's Day concert with an all-female orchestra and stars.
Joshua Bell In Concert
Cape Town City Hall, August 26/27 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Beethoven; Mendelssohn; Tchaikovsky
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, October 22 20:00. Conductor: Perry So. Soloists: Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano); Pallavi Mahidhara (piano). Ndodana-Breen; Rachmaninov; Prokofiev
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, October 29 20:00. Conductor: Perry So.
Soloists: Maria Solozobova (violin). Homage to Sibelius 150.
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 5 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Natalia Lavrova (piano). Haydn; Shostakovich; Respighi.
Spring Symphony Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 12 20:00. Curtain raiser: CPYO Conductor Brandon Phillips. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Maria Kliegel (cello). Dvořák; Bloch; Bruch; Beethoven.
FOM Gala Concert
Cape Town City Hall, November 19 20:00. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller. Soloist: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (piano). All Brahms.

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Brandon's Beat

Coming up for Brandon are a performance of Elijah with New Apostolic Church Sunday, August 16, at Silvertown at 5 pm and then, on September 26, the Youth Music Festival at Artscape. He will conduct the Huberte Rupert memorial concert with soloist Ammiel Bushakevitz on December 4 in Stellenbosch and then the New Year’s Eve concert at Nederburg.

Divas Unite

The Cape Town Philharmonic is fielding an all-female orchestra to play for Divas Unite on August 9 at the City Hall at 3.   Brandon Phillips and Katlego Maboe will join inspirational women like Freshlyground’s Zolani Mahola,  sopranos Magdalene Minnaar and Zanne Stapelberg, Operalia winner Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Kim Kallie and Judy Page and SAMA Award-winning instrumental pop group Sterling EQ. Tickets at R290 include Pongracz bubbly, tea and coffee with butlers serving Butler’s pizza and Frey Chocolat at interval and after the concert.  Get tickets at Computicket now.  There’s a good deal going for groups – 10 for the price of 8!

TwoPianists at Midweek Sessions

As part of the 15th anniversary countrywide tour, Luis Magalhães and Nina Schumann, heard earlier this year with the CPO in the Duet endowment trust launch concert, will embark on a South African concert tour. They will perform at Midweek Sessions, normally a jazz and classical mix held many Wednesdays at the Church on Greenmarket Square on August 12. As Yamaha International Artists, they are bringing in two Yamaha pianos for the event, which will feature music from their newest CD, American Intersections.
      Tickets are R100 / R80 at the door.  For more information email

Zanne Stapelberg

On Saturday, August 15, at 19:00, soprano Zanne Stapelberg and friends will present “classical fireworks, sublime arias and heartbreaking songs … in a lush new opera-cabaret” in a fund-raising project Link to Grow educational projects at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in  Parow.  Tickets, including wine, from contact Suzanne: 084 293 3214 or Antoinette: 082 550 5296 or email: or at the door.
      Linked to Grow supports young people as well as disabled adults. Zanne will also sing with the CPYO in the Durbanville Children’s Home Christmas concert on November 8.

Watch Brahms' friend!

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We regret the passing of...

- Anton Els, who was so much a part of Cape Town’s music society.  Organist at the DRC in Tamboerskloof and a music teacher at the German school, he formerly ran a concerts agency called Music Maestros, produced the concerts series at La Motte and Nederburg, and produced several operas for the Richard Wagner Society.  Anton was attacked on holiday in Port Edward in early July. We send our condolences to his partner, Dominique, his sister Suzette, brother Paul and their families.

- Paul Freeman,  who established the Chicago Sinfonietta in 1987 and died in July.  Maestro Freeman was a guest conductor here some years ago.  Over time, he held a number of posts such as that of music director of the Victoria Symphony in Canada. He was also one of America’s most successful recording conductors, tracing the history of black symphonic composers from 1750 to the mid-1970s and with pianist Derek Han, he recorded all the piano concertos of Mozart,  Haydn and Beethoven with the LPO/English Chamber Orchestra/Berlin Symphony respectively.

New subscriptions and seat sales open

These will go on sale on August 11 .. the line up includes two concerts with Perry So and two with Bernhard Gueller but read more on the now.

Joshua Bell

There will be a few seats available at the door for the  CPO/Joshua Bell concerts ... they will be on a first come, first served basis for both nights, August 26 and 27, Cape Town City Hall, 20:00.  Bell plays the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, accompanied by Bernhard Gueller and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Also on the programme:  Beethoven Leonore Overture no 3 and Mendelssohn Symphony no 4, “Italian”.  The dress rehearsal will NOT be open, but there will be the normal pre-concert talks on  both nights at 7.15  and Bell will sign CDs after both concerts. 

FOM Gala and survey results

FOM subscribers to the CPO have until August 11 to buy their regular City Hall seats for the FOM gala on November 19.  After that, they will go into the pool for general purchase.  Friends get a preferential price of R450, a 10 per cent discount on the R500 ticket price. (There are also platform seats available for R200).  FOM members may buy seats at the preferential price at any time, getting the best available.  Only members of FOM are invited to the exclusive party after the concert. A reminder: Antonio Pompa-Baldi plays Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto; the CPO and Bernhard Gueller play the Third Brahms Symphony first. Get the survey results here!

Daniel Prozesky, new principal clarinet

Congratulations to Daniel Prozesky, the new CPO principal clarinet. Daniel won the audition at the end of July to step into the position vacated by Maria du Toit.
      Says Louis Heyneman, “We are delighted to have quality and talent, youth and energy, and welcome Daniel to the position.” And for Daniel, it is a “dream come true”.
      Daniel is one of those multi-talented people – he’s an engineer and a musician. He started learning the clarinet when he was 12 and has graduated with degrees in both disciplines: Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and music with distinction from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne (Lausanne Conservatory) in Switzerland in 2011.  He also studied for a Professional Diploma in Music at L’Institut de Ribaupierre in Lausanne under Frédéric Rapin. While there he performed with Namascae Ensemble, a prominent contemporary music ensemble in Switzerland and with the Conservatory’s orchestra. Read more here.

The Young Ones

Thanks to Thomastik of Vienna who made more than 100 sets of strings available to the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, many players of the CPYO, along with the DKO Orchestra from Lagos in Nigeria and the Stellenbosch University Certificate Programme which has many satellite projects, have new strings. SICMF’s Peter Martens presented them to Laurika Steenkamp, the CPO’s outreach manager, who handed them over to the strings players at the first rehearsal of the CPYO this term.  Concertmaster Jeffrey Armstrong and violinists Joshua Lewis, Anele Mhlahlo and Shaheema Lakay tried them out for size!

Masidlale moves
The youngsters from the Madisdlale projects all come to Artscape now for lessons.  From left: Linda Tebekwana, Siphosethu Gontsi, Busiswa Mamani, teacher Noluvuyo Nteta, Mihlalo Bhesi and Sinaza Eleni, from Hlengisa Secondary in Nyanga and Fezeka High, in Gugulethu, are some of those also performing in a concert with Neo Motsatse.
Noluvuyo Nteta has been invited to join the superb young violinist Neo Motsatse as a guest performer. Noluvuyo will perform the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins in A minor with the brilliant teenager in the concert on August 22 at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. Neo Motsatse is a talented, award-winning, young violinist who is becoming a star. She performs widely in concerts and festivals,  with orchestras and with chamber ensembles. 

The CPYO's new assistant conductors

As resident conductor of the CPO along with his position as principal bassoon and music director of the CPYO, life is pretty busy for Brandon Phillips.  So, two young conductors have been appointed to assist him with the CPYO --- Chad Hendricks and Charl van der Merwe, both semi-finalists in the 3rd Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, will be conducting each week and receiving mentorship from Brandon, ready to take over when he is away.   Brandon will also give them conducting lessons to help them prepare for the competition. The CPYO is working on its first full symphony and will perform it at the end of the 10th International Summer Festival in February.
      Welcome Chad and Charl, both so well known to us through their youth orchestra links and performances.

Anele Mhlahlo's on a roll

Congratulations to violinist Anele Mhlahlo, who has passed his Associate Trinity College London certificate with distinction.  Anele is a violinist in the CPYO and teaches at the Academy as well. What’s next? He is focussing on attaining the Trinity licentiate in teaching and, he says, hopefully becoming a Fellow.  He finds teaching enriching, and his experience of growing up in the CPYO while passing on his skills to others has created a platform for him to focus on the craft. It’s been a great environment, he says, and he has nothing but praise for the CPO's CEO Louis Heyneman and outreach manager Laurika Steenkamp who created opportunities for him and offered good personal guidance.

Giving in the UK and Germany, with tax benefits

The UK
Please remind your friends and relatives in the UK that they can donate to the CPO directly in the UK and are eligible for tax benefits there.
     The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is a registered member of the UK Fund for Charities’ International Programme and is supported by the UK Fund which is a charity registered in England and Wales No. 1097462.  
Donations to the UK Fund from UK taxpayers can be made under Gift Aid.  A donation form is available from the UK Fund website or email,  telephone +44 1342 871910.
Alternatively, download the donation form from

German supporters of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra  can make a donation to the CPO and receive tax benefits in Germany.
       This is thanks to Dr Axel Horvath, a founding member in 2014 of proCAPEriccio, a charitable society registered in Würzburg, Germany.
     This organisation’s aim is to raise funds for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra via Friends of Orchestral Music. All donations to “proCAPEriccio” Contact Dr Horvath via email or write to: Postfach 58 07, 97008 Würzburg. Tel. +49 (0)931 804 7828.

The CPO is dependent on sustainable and predictable funding to ensure long term planning and growth and a valued mechanism is that of monthly/annual pledges, irrespective of amount. Any and all contributions are valued and appreciated.  

FMR turned 20!

Congratulations to one of our most important partners. Mark Jennings, Victoria Cawood and Rodney Trudgeon celebrated this important milestone.
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