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17 April - City Hall

  17 April 2014 Conductor: Pieter Daniel Soloist: Magda De Vries (Marimba) Frank Mallows (Vibraphone) Pieter Daniel (Violin)   MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K...

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24 April - City Hall

  24 April 2014 Conductor: Pieter Daniel Soloist: Ben Schoeman (Piano)   TCHAIKOVSKY Fantasy Overture, Romeo and Juliet SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major,...

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8 May - City Hall

  8 May 2014 Conductor: Theodore Kuchar Soloist: Antonio Pompa-Baldi (Piano)   MUSSORGSKY Introduction to Khovantchina RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor KALINNIKOV Symphony No. 1...

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14 May - Artscape Opera House

  14 May 2014 Conductor: Arjan Tien Soloist: Midori (Violin)   SMETANA Overture, The Bartered Bride TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto Op. 35, D major DVORÁK Symphony No. 9 op....

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18 May - Artscape Theatre

  18 May 2014 - 16:00 Conductor: Brandon Phillips Soloist: Midori (Violin)   Performing with Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Born in Osaka, Japan, Midori moved to...

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21 & 22 June - Cirque de la Symphony

21 & 22 June 2014 Grand Arena, GrandWest ConductorTheodore Kuchar The 21st at 19:00 and the 22nd at 15:00   The synthesis of...

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The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

An orchestra for all seasons


The Cape 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.

Read more about our community development and education programmes by clicking on the Development tab or clicking here.


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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Vacancies at the CPO



Conductor for our Youth Wind Ensemble

Position is open for South African candidates only.

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Rise Concerts

If you were at the City Hall concert on October 31, you would have been charmed by the concert presented by RISE, the first in a series of curtain-raiser recitals.

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