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Upcoming Concerts

3 Nov FOM Fundraising Gala
10 Nov Mendelssohn for Two
13 Nov Peter and the Wolf
17/19 Nov Ode to Joy
24 Nov Alexander Nevsky
1 Dec Holst's Planets
2 Dec Huberte Rupert Memorial Concert
31 Dec Nederburg New Year`s Eve Spectacular

Blowing our own horn

Concerto, the CPO’s prestigious magazine has won three runner-up awards for excellence in writing; excellence in design and as a newsletter.  It was also a finalist for South Africa’s top corporate publication. The next issue will be available at the first concert of the Spring Season.

CPYO represented in National Youth Music Competition

Two young CPYO players, harpist Lisa Britz and Jean Botha, bassoon, were chosen to perform in the National Youth Music Competition that takes place this week at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow. The finals take place on Saturday at 19:30 with the CPO playing under the direction of Brandon Phillips.  They joined 14 other candidates aged between 14 and 19, playing in one of five categories – piano, strings, wind, brass and other (percussion, harp, marimba). Tickets from Computicket.

Evita's wolfish appearance

Tickets are moving very quickly for  the CPO/CPYO fundraiser for the Darling Trust and the CPYO.  Carlo Ponti will conduct; Evita Bezuidenhout will narrate Peter and the Wolf and Daniel Richards will narrate his own script for Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Tickets from Computicket.

Congrats to

  • Isabelle Franzen who has become deputy chair of Friends of Orchestral Music, taking over from Ruth Allen, whose years of hard work and commitment have been truly valued
  • Board member Ronnie Samaai, who was awarded the University of Stellenbosch’s Parnassus Award
  • Leo Gevisser, who will be the soloist in a CPYO Classic Reconciliation Concert in December for winning theJohanna van der Spuy Memorial Prize and Gold Medal, shared with Qden Blaauw,  and taking so many more in SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy National Music Competition. These included best  performance of a Classical work in the 2nd round; best performance of a Romantic work in the 3rd round; and best  performance of a SA Composition.  He also shared the piano category and the Leon Hartshorne prizes with Qden Blaauw. His teachers are Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhaes.
  • Dr H Rabe, a new subscriber, who won dinner with Omri Hadari!

Sylvia Schulman, 91, plays birthday concert

Sylvia Schulman, a soloist with the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra and the CTSO, is turning 91 this month and celebrating it with a birthday concert and  reception at . 6 Spin Street.  On Sunday, October 30, at 3 pm she will play and accompany  several well-known singers like Aviva Pelham, Brad Liebl, Hilda Sandak-Lewin, Marcelle Volckaert and  some surprise artists! Book via More information 082 855 0534 /

Maria du Toit back for series of concerts

Although she is happily settled in The Netherlands with her husband, conductor Arjan Tien, former CPO principal clarinet Maria du Toit  still thinks of friends and family, and above all nature and the mountains. And she will be back in November to renew her relationship with all.  She’ll give a master class at the Hugo Lambrechts on November 11.  On November 6, she will play in Constantia with Magdalene Minnaar and José Dias, on November 9 she will play with the Wits Trio in St Andrew’s in Green Point. Her last concert on November 12 will be a recital at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch with Nina Schumann.  Read more and for contact details.

British Maestro Howard Shelley here for all Mozart Gala

Howard Shelley, one of the most recorded artists in the world, will be in Cape Town on November 3 to conduct and play in the Friends of Orchestral Music’s gala fundraiser for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.  The concert, which takes place at the Cape Town City Hall, will feature three Mozart works – the Symphony no 35 in D (Haffner) and two piano concerti – no 18 in B-flat, K 456, (Paradis) and no 20 in D minor, K 466. Read more.

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. Read more.

New Steinway for CPO

François du Toit will be going to Hamburg in November to choose a new Steinway piano for the CPO and yes, it comes at a necessary cost! Our current Steinway is 30 years old and has been refurbished already. Leading pianists have warned us that it is time to replace it if we want to continue to attract high-calibre pianists. As we have already received a substantial donation towards the piano, our appeal to you is to help us to fund the balance.  We need to raise an additional R1.6 million.  Sponsoring one key of the piano’s 88 keys will cost R18 000 and your contribution will come with the option of choosing a specific KEY on a first-come-first-served basis. Your name and details will be acknowledged. More details from

Nettle, Markham to perform

Three dates, three different ways of hearing this top British duo – Two pianos in concert: the CPO concert on November 10 which is a tribute to David Tidboald; four hands one piano for the Wagner Society on October 23; two-piano recital for the Cape Town Concert Series November 12. Read more of the Cape Times story.


The CPO, a cast of 50 headlined by Violina Anguelov as Carmen Canadian tenor Luc Robert as Don José, William Berger as Escamillo and Noluvuyiso Mpofu as Micaëla, will appear in Cape Town Opera’s production of  Carmen. This audio and visual feast, one of the most beloved tragedies of all time, will be conducted by Tim Murray. Carmen opens on October 20 for just five performances. Book here.

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



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