UMCULO WOLUTSHA (MUSIC FOR YOUTH)
The orchestra is the national leader in developing young people to take their places on platforms and in the audiences.
DEVELOPING CAREER PATHS FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS AND PERFORMERS
- SA Composers’ Competition with the CPO
- South African Conductor’s Competition – the 5th competition was held in 2022
- Annual community gala concerts which showcase young local performers
- Annual National Youth Music Competition
- Annual Classical Youth Music Concert with Artscape
- Hennie Joubert Piano Competition
- Collaborations with companies such as ZipZap Circus and Elvis Sibeko Studios
SCHOOLS’ CONCERTS AND AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
For nearly two decades, the CPO has been visiting schools to offer young learners the opportunity to hear a full symphony orchestra and grow potential audiences. Where appropriate, learners are invited to perform with the CPO or conduct it, under the expert direction of resident conductor Brandon Phillips. During Covid, the programme was suspended and a concert was filmed showcasing orchestral instruments which is available here
In May 2022, the CPO was able to introduce schools concerts again, visiting 15 schools, giving 45 concerts and reaching 16 000 young learners.