The Friends of Orchestral Music’s history as a Cape Town Music Society goes back 40 years. The committee that manages the Friends consists of 12 enthusiastic volunteers whose aim has always been to support the resident orchestra and its musicians in the Mother City.
They strive to create and maintain a bond between the public and “their” orchestra by hosting receptions after concerts, where members and their guests can meet musicians, conductors and soloists. They also arrange fundraising events such as soirees, high teas and dinners where members of the orchestra provide classical music. Monies raised at these events are used to sponsor ad hoc musicians, soloists, conductors or a whole concert to help ease the financial burden of the orchestra.
The Friends of Orchestral Music also encourage schools to attend open rehearsals and help to create awareness about orchestral music among the younger generation by informing them about forthcoming programmes.
The Friends have established a Trust that largely relies on the generosity of members and the public. Monies donated are used to sponsor young musicians from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to make use of invitations to further their studies overseas.
Membership fees per annum are R200 single or R300 per family (2 persons), schools, retirement organisations and clubs. Student membership is R100 (production of student card required) and corporate membership is R3000 p.a.
Membership forms are available from the Secretary, Treasurer or other committee members (see contact details below) and on the FOM website at www.fomct.com.
Members of the Friends receive quarterly newsletters, are entitled to an additional 10% off season ticket subscriptions of the symphony seasons and a free glass of wine at post-concert receptions.
British friends of the CPO
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
German friends of the CPO
ProCAPEriccio has been registered in Germany with the purpose of the raising funds for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra via FOM from amongst its German supporters. All donations to “proCAPEriccio” will enjoy tax exemption from the German authorities. Donations can be made via its founder, Dr Axel Horvath.