Entries have closed for the 2022  inaugural Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestracompetition for young composers. The winners will be announced before the end of 2022.  The competition was devised to develop skills and recognise talent in the local creative music industry.  The new competition for a short work of between five and 15 minutes for symphony orchestra  provides sought-after performance opportunities to composers.  Entry was  free.

Says Louis Heyneman, the CEO of the CPO and the competition convenor, the new South African Composers’ Competition acknowledges the number of composers in South Africa, and is designed to allow more performance opportunities for South African composers.

The main prize is a one-year position as resident composer of the CPO.  The residency will include a performance of the winning work in a CPO symphony concert, as well as a new commission which will also be performed at a later date.  In addition, a cash prize of R20 000 will be awarded to the overall winner.  Second and third prizes include a cash award of R10 000 and R5000 respectively, with a performance of the winners’ compositions.


This competition is generously sponsored by

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