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22 October - City Hall-- Spring Symphony Season

  22 October 2015   Conductor: Perry So Soloists: Pallavi Mahidhara (piano) Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano) NDODANA BREEN Three Orchestra Songs on Poems by Ingrid Jonker...

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29 October --City Hall--Spring Symphony Season

  29 October 2015   Conductor: Perry So Soloist: Maria Solozobova SIBELIUS Finlandia, Op. 28 SIBELIUS Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 SIBELIUS Symphony No. 2 in D,...

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05 November - City Hall --Spring Symphony Season

  5 November 2015   Conductor: Bernhard Gueller Soloist: Natalia Lavrova HAYDN Symphony No. 83 in G minor,  "La Poule" SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 1 in C...

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12 November - City Hall --Spring Symphony Season

  12 November Conductor: Bernhard Gueller Soloist: Maria Kliegel (cello) DVORAK Midday Witch, Op. 108 BLOCH Schelomo Hebraic Rhapsody BRUCH Kol Nidrei, Op. 47 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A,...

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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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CPO My School / My Village

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for an application form. Joining costs you nothing and will help sustain the CPO.

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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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The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is a member of the UK Fund for Charities’ International Programme and is supported by the UK Fund which is a charity registered in England and Wales No. 1097462. Donations to the UK Fund from UK taxpayers can be made under Gift Aid. A donation form is available from the UK Fund website www.ukfundforcharities.org email info@ukfundforcharities.com or telephone +44 1342 871910. A donor can recommend to the trustees of the UK Fund that the donation plus the recovered tax less an administrative charge can be granted to any International Programme Member.

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