Youth Development and Education
In 2007, the CPO Outreach and Education programme received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Development (Music) from the Western Cape Department of Arts and Culture.
Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO)
The 67 members of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra receive intensive orchestra training weekly, and one on one mentoring by members of the CPO, who are committed to a programme of teaching and training the young musicians.
The first music director was Alex Fokkens, followed in 2012 by Brandon Phillips. The CPYO has performed across the city and nationally, at the Cape Town International Summer Music Festivals, at the V&A Waterfront, Infecting the City and many other festivals. It released a DVD internationally with Trenton and the Free Radical, Mr Mandela, and was part of the film, The Last Face, directed by Sean Penn.
Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE)
Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE) The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble has also become an integral part of the music fabric of the city, performing in the Artscape Wind Band Festival, the Cape Town International Summer Music Festival, the opening of Parliament, and Infecting the City. Sean Kierman was the first director, followed in 2014 by Faan Malan.
The Masidlale Music Project
Begun in 2009, Masidlale “Let us play” is a grassroots project that reaches hundreds of children in communities as wide-spread as Khayelitsha and Atlantis. The projects teachers are young violinists in the CPYO who have been identified as potential teachers: Thembisa Ntshongontshi, Noluvuyo Maha, Siyathemba Nteta and Shaheema Lakay and woodwinds teacher and player Ash-Lee Louwskieter. The young children, aged 8 to 15, are taught strings or woodwinds (Mamre only) in the mother tongue. The circle also continues as several of the township learners graduated from the projects into the Music Academy.
Cape Town Music Academy
The Music Academy at Rhodes School in Rosebank has 120 students, who receive 30-minute practical lessons and a one-hour theory lesson every week. They give quarterly concerts and many play in ensembles and in the junior strings and junior winds ensembles, which are conducted by CPO extra musicians and CPYO graduates Daan Coetee and Charl van der Merwe. It is heartening to see the support given by their parents and their communities, which underlines the need for classical music training in the city.
CPYO Conducting Studio
Fourteen young conductors are part of the studio, formed in 2010, after the return from internships in Philadelphia and Chicago, the prize won by Brandon Phillips, winner of the inaugural Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition. Phillips mentors them at the Rhodes School weekly.
The instrument bank started in 2004 with a generous donation from the Vodacom Foundation which made it possible for the CPO to provide instruments for very talented, young musicians who required instruments or better ones.