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Autumn symphony season - 2 April

2 April   Conductor: DIMITRY YABLONSKY Soloist: OXANA YABLONSKAYA Rise cocktail curtain raiser 19:00   BORODIN In the Steppes of Central Asia RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp...

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Autumn symphony season - 9 April

9 April 2015   Conductor: Dimitry Yablonsky Soloists: Oxana Yablonskaya (cello); Janna Gandelman (violin   BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto in C, Op. 55 SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in...

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Autumn symphony season - 16 April

16 April 2015   Conductor: Dimitry Yablonsky Soloists: Dimitry Yablonsky (cello); Janna Gandelman (violin) Rise cocktail curtain raiser 19:00 MOZART Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat, K....

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26 & 27 August - City Hall

    Conductor: Berhard Gueller Soloist: Joshua Bell   TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto Full programme TBA Book at Computicket, Renewals at Computickets from February 9 -14...

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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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Conductors’ Competition 2015/16

The 3rd National Third Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition 2015/16.

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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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