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30 October - City Hall

30 October Conductor: Conrad van Alphen Soloist: Georgi Anichenko (cello)   Curtain-raiser CPYO La Forza del destino STEFANS GROVE “Gestaltes in the Nevel” SCHUMANN Cello Concerto...

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6 November - City Hall

6 November Conductor: Conrad van Alphen Soloist: Andrey Pisarev (piano)   LISZT Symphonic Poem No. 7, S101 "Festklange" GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 DVORAK Symphony No....

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13 November - City Hall

13 November Conductor: Conrad van Alphen Soloists: Alexander Gilman (Violin) Hanneli Rupert (mezzo-soprano)   New Apostolic Male Choir   BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53 KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D,...

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20 November - City Hall

20 November Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist: Olga Kern (piano)   DUKAS “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” HAYDN Piano Concerto in D major STRAVINSKY “Petrushka” (1947 version) PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto...

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27 November - City Hall

27 November Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes Soloist: François du Toit (piano)   MOZART Magic Flute Overture K. 620 ADRIAN KEVIN MORE Piano Concerto (world premiere) SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No....

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The Dream of Gerontius

11 October 2014   Conductor: Richard Cock Soloists: Violina Anguelov (mezzo-soprano), Jeff Stewart (tenor) Georg Stevens (baritone)   Elgar The Dream of Gerontius ...

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The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

An orchestra for all seasons


The CapeTown Philharmonic Orchestra in Cape Town is arguably the most versatile and active orchestra on the continent of Africa, contributing handsomely to Cape Town’s global status and appeal.  Founded in 1914 as the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra, the CPO is financially and culturally sustainable, attracting some of the leading international artists of their time. A multi-functional orchestra, the CPO delivers a world-class orchestra service to all communities in the region, participating in festivals and concerts across all genres of music.  Apart from regular symphony concerts presented in the historical century-old Cape Town City Hall, the CPO also performs with Cape Town Opera and Cape Town City Ballet, adding up to some 140 performances per year. It has several award-winning recordings for various European labels to its name, and recently returned from a highly successful concert tour of the United States of America. The orchestra runs a vast outreach and community programme that includes two youth orchestras and grassroots training projects in various townships around Cape Town. Many of the young musicians it trains are beginning to take their place on the concert hall stage.

Education through Youth Orchestras and "Masidlale"


The CPO embraces education through its training orchestras, the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO), the Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE) and the Masidlale Project, a vast grassroots classical music training academy in the townships. The CPYO and CPYWE were launched in 2004 and consist mostly of young musicians from the townships and previously disadvantaged communities. One of its main aims is to transfer skills and create jobs. The CPO believes music is instrumental in bridging the gap between diverse cultures.

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CD Recordings

Alfred Schnittke:
World Première recording of Concerto Grosso No. 1 and Symphony No. 9

Recorded during the Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, November 2008

Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes

Soloists: Sharon Bezaly (flute) and Christopher Cowie (oboe)



Alfred Schnittke:
World Première recordings of Symphony No 0 and Oratorio Nagasaki

Recorded during the Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, November 2006

Conductor: Owain Arwel Hughes

Mezzo-soprano: Hanneli Rupert

Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation

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CPO My School / My Village / My Planet

Join the CPO family and sign up for a My School/My Village/My Planet card and help support the orchestra. As you know, the concept supports a number of worthy charities, and the CPO can now be one of them. Write to fundassist@cpo.org.za for an application form. Joining costs you nothing and will help sustain the CPO.

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