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Upcoming Concerts

17/19 Nov Ode to Joy
20 Nov Ode to Joy, Stellenbosch
24 Nov Alexander Nevsky
1 Dec Holst's Planets
2 Dec Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert
31 Dec Nederburg New Year`s Eve Spectacular
26 Jan The Magic of Paul Lewis
29 Jan Grace plays Rodrigo
2 Feb MacGregor meets Shostakovich
5 Feb Beethoven’s Triple
Happy birthday, Ruth!

One of the CPO’s most valued volunteers, Ruth Allen, celebrates her 90th birthday today. The CPO’s board, management and musicians wish her all the very best in good health for many busy years. Thanks for being so willing, Ruth … as a chairman and committee member of FOM and its predecessors for decades and on the board of the CPO and now on the Board of Patrons.

Prokofiev Cantata and Wieniawski for CPO concert

Haydn, Wieniawski and Prokofiev are combined in a powerful programme in the third Cape Town Philharmonic Spring season concert. It will take place at the  Cape Town City Hall on Thursday, November 24. Under the direction of Daniel Boico, the CPO will play Symphony no 104 (London)  by Haydn, followed by the Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik in the  second Wieniawski Violin Concerto and Prokofiev’s cantata, Alexander Nevsky, with mezzo-soprano Violina Anguelov and the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town.
       Tickets from Computicket on 0861 915 8000 / and Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695. More information / 021 410 9809.

Jan Hugo to play in Rupert Memorial Concert

South African pianist Jan Hugo will return from his European base to play the Third Concerto by Saint-Saëns with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.  The concert, at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on Friday, December 2 at 8,  will be conducted by Daniel Boico.  Also on the programme are the suite from Miraculous Mandarin by Bartok and The Planets by Holst.
Tickets from Computicket on 0861 915 8000/ and Artscape Dial-A-Seat 021 421 7695. More information / 021 410 9809.

Classic reconciliation concert in Mitchell's Plain

The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s concert of reconciliation through harmony and music will take place on December 16 at  Yellow Wood Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain at 14:00. The CPYO is collaborating with Fine Music Radio who will transport concertgoers from Cape Town to Mitchell’s Plain and back. It is also collaborating with Resonance Training and No-Name Initiative (NNI), the South African non-profit organization that ignites and facilitates transformational dialogue across the nation and heals divided communities, to provide an opportunity to get together in a spirit of peace and reconciliation.  The conductor will be German maestro Thomas Lange. Read more

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 questions, please contact Uber at

11th International Cape Town Summer Music Festival

The dynamic British pianist, Paul Lewis, is opening the 11th Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, supported by the City of Cape Town. He will play the Brahms Piano Concerto no 1 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The festival, which takes place over two weeks from January 26 to February 5, will feature four concerts, three conducted by Arjan Tien, the fourth by CPO resident  conductor Brandon Phillips. All concerts take place at the Cape Town City Hall at 20:00, preceded by pre-concert talks at 19:15 on the evening’s works by Rodney Trudgeon. Read more

We have liftoff!

François du Toit was in Hamburg on November 11 to choose a new Steinway for the CPO.  Spoilt for choice, he played six Model D Concert Grand Pianos before choosing the one that he felt best suited us. You can still be part of the Keynote Campaign and sponsor a key for R18 000.  Contact

Beethoven 9

ENTRANCE TO THE CONCERTS TONIGHT AND SATURDAY IS VIA DARLING STREET NOT CORPORATION STREET! A reminder that there is a performance at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch on Sunday at 20:15. Omri Hadari conducts the Schubert Unfinished Symphony before being joined by the New Apostolic Church Choir Cape Town and singers Siphamandla Yakupa, Elizabeth Frandsen, Lukhanyo Moyake and Mandla Mndebele.

Current season comes to an end

Read what the Cape Times said about Michael Thornton …. With concentration required as much as ability and technique, horn player Michael Thornton became the first musician to become certified to teach Mental Toughness (TM). Read more

Symphonic Picnic Pops at Green Point

The Cape Town Philharmonic will be back at the Green Point Track on Sunday, December 18, with a cool way to chill in this heated festive season.  Picnic with your family and then listen to the CPO with singers Brandon October, Janelle Visagie, Siphamandla Yakupa and Lukhanyo Moyake, with Sterling EQ, the electric ensemble with an  international following.  On the podium will be the CPO’s resident conductor, Brandon Phillips. The concert is supported by the City of Cape Town. Read more

News from the Youth Orchestras

Flautist Madre Loubser, who is completing her degree in music at University of Stellenbosch, has joined Cape Town Opera and has relinquished her duties as manager and librarian of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Thanks Madre for your commitment and being a part of us for so long.  Taking over is Craig Williams, 21, who is studying music at Stellenbosch. Craig has been playing in the youth orchestra for four years.
      After  Matthew Andrews’s time as an intern was up with the CPO, he took a position in the commercial world and needed to relinquish his role as manager  and librarian of the CPYWE.   In his place, we welcome Tiana Schwab, 21. Tiana is also a flautist, and member of CPYWE and is studying biochemistry at UCT. We know they will be amazing additions to the team.
       Congratulations to trumpeter Zico George, who passed the Trinity College London Grade 5 trumpet exam with distinction (87%). Zico, 15, who joined CPYWE last year,  was invited to perform at the annual “Trinity College Young Performer’s Concert” on Saturday. This is a great honour, since only a handful of candidates are invited to perform at this prestigious event each year.



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