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.
The Masidlale Music Project
To become a professional musician, 15 years of intensive training is needed. It is crucial that training starts at grass-roots level to ensure a pool of potential new instrumentalists representing our diverse cultures to feed the professional orchestra. The projected outreach will amount to 400 new musicians sourced and prepared to levels that allow them to audition for a position in the CPYO. With further training and experience, some could then be considered as members of the CPO or other full-time orchestras.
The main target is youth from communities thus far excluded or without financial means to participate in professional training in classical music.
Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO)
This flagship of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Outreach and Education programme has made great strides under the leadership of Alexander Fokkens since his appointment as resident conductor of the CPYO in 2006. Some of the CPYO’s performances include the orchestra’s debut at the First Cape Town International Summer Music Festival (November 2006) and all the subsequent Cape Town International Summer Music Festivals. The CPYO regularly performs full-length showcase concerts together with the CPYWE and their performances at the Grahamstown National Arts & Schools Festivals have been very successful. The CPO Education showcase concerts take place quarterly when the CPYO performs with the CPYWE. During the past three Cape Town International Summer Music Festivals, members of the CPYO have performed side-by-side concerts with the CPO. Four CPYO members were included in the CPO’s USA tour.
Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE)
Some of the CPYWE’s highlight performances in the past years have included participation in the Artscape Wind Band Festival (2006) and its international debut at the First Cape Town International Summer Music Festival (November 2006) and subsequent festivals. The ensemble also performed during the Mayoral Welcome (an event which welcomes dignitaries attending the Opening of Parliament) in Feb. 2007 and at the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport’s Artistic Showcase at Artscape in May 2007.
In 2005 & 2007 the ensemble performed with the visiting Dutch group Brass Band Schoonhoven (BBS) at the V & A Waterfront and in Bands in Concert at Artscape (the latter concert also featuring Windworx).
The CPYWE is privileged to have Sean Kierman, the retired head of Brass (UCT) as its conductor. Sean Kierman started the wind band movement in South Africa in the 1960’s and brings a vast amount of experience to this programme. We have also welcomed international guest conductors to the CPYWE podium, namely Christian Kohler (Germany, 2007 & 2008) & Dr John Stanley (USA, 2009). John Rojas, Head of Winds at Beau Soleil Music Centre conducted the CPYWE at the showcase concerts in 2009 & 2010. Showcase concerts take place quarterly at various community venues.
The CPYWE undertook its first tour in 2010 where it participated in the Mandela Bay Festival of Sound, in Port Elizabeth. The ensemble received a Certificate of Participation as well as the Best Ensemble as Voted by Peers.
The CPO Outreach and Education programme is privileged to have a pedagogue of the calibre of internationally renowned Maestro Victor Yampolsky involved in its education process. Maestro Yampolsky also oversees the overall vision and objectives of the education programme and his insights have proved invaluable to the growth of the youth orchestras to date. The master classes for trainee conductors are conducted during the time that Prof Yampolsky works with the CPO during the symphony season. This programme culminated in the first Len van Zyl Conducting Competition in 2010, which was won by Brandon Phillips, a founder participant in the conductors’ masterclasses.
Since Brandon’s return from Philadelphia and Chicago, as part of his prize, he has started a Conducting Training programme on Saturday mornings for young conductors which will hopefully culminate in participation in the future Len van Zyl conducting competitions.
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 didn’t have an instruments or who needed a better instrument than the ones they were using. These instruments are used by members of the CPO Education programme, namely CPYO, CPYWE or the CPO’s Teaching programme.
Since the funding and launch of Masidlale in the townships of Nyanga, Guguletu and Langa an additional three sets of violins have been purchased for this purpose. The satellite at Wynberg Senior Secondary received brass, woodwind and percussion instruments from funding.
We have subsequently also received a donation of instruments from Germany which assists us in helping more learners in our various programmes.
Teaching Programme (Orchestral instruments: Practical & Theory)
The teaching programme involves about 90 learners who receive weekly tuition in their respective instruments at the Good Hope Seminary High School. The tuition is provided by 20 teachers drawn from CPO musicians and music teachers from schools.
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Outreach & Education
|International Advisor||Victor Yampolsky|
|Artistuic Director & Conductor – CPYO||Brandon Phillips|
|Conductor – CPYWE||Sean Kierman|
Charl van der Merwe, Dane Coetzee, Gavin Phillips,