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
- Mzansi Composers’ Competition with the CPO (to be announced in June)
- CPO National Conductors’ Competition (formerly the Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition) (to be announced in June)
- Annual community gala concerts which showcase young local performers
- Annual National Youth Music Competition
- Annual Youth Music Festival
- 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 to be made available to schools as an on-line link or as a DVD.