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Louis Heyneman honoured by Western Cape Government

Louis Heyneman, the CPO’s chief executive officer since 2000, has been honoured with a Ministerial Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Mrs Anroux Marais.  This honour was for his services to music. Heyneman has worked tirelessly to ensure that the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra remains solvent, performing at a high level with international and local artists, and at the forefront of the classical music scene in South Africa as educators, all under increasingly difficult economic constraints.

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Why we need the CPO

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A lack of public funding a serious threat to the future of the Orchestra

Delays in payments by the City of Cape Town and the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) have created such a serious cash-flow problem that the survival of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and its vast outreach and education programme is threatened.

Like all orchestras in South African and most internationally, the CPO is dependent on regular public funding; this three-tier funding has been a critical stabilising factor in the orchestra’s sustainability over the past 18 years.

The CPO needs R30 million per year to present symphony concerts, run its outreach and education programme which is training orchestral musicians for the future (and providing a viable prospect for many talented youngsters from the disadvantaged communities), and many other facets of its operation. About one third comes from public funds (R10m), the rest from box office income, hire-outs to organizations like Cape Town Opera, Cape Town City Ballet, Starlight Classics, musicals (in total R5m), corporate and individual donors (R15 m). The national government’s DAC contributes more than R7 million a year, while the Western Cape’s DCAS and the City each contribute R1,5 million. Additional income is derived from the CPO Endowment Trust and potential interest in years to come from the Duet Endowment Trust which was established to sustain both the CPO and Cape Town Opera. Bequests also add an important boost to revenue. Read more here

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The speech by Derek Auret, chairman of the CPO, at the re-opening of the refurbished City Hall and the performance of the Mahler Symphony No 2, “Resurrection”, on August 4, 2018.

Madame Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape; Madame Anroux Marais, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport; Mr Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor;

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