The CPO ’s programmes for young people provide quality music education to more than 300 young musicians between the ages of six and 25 annually, most marginalised by poverty in townships, the city and as far afield as  Mamre and  Atlantis. The programmes provide a cycle of training which prepares young people for a career in music and the arts,  engage with diverse communities and grow new audiences, provide a safe haven for young people all with the intention of leading to a demographically representative orchestra.  The support given by parents and communities underlines the need for classical music training in the city.

The pillars of the programme are:


The CPO’s grassroots training programme teaches 100 learners from Gugulethu, Langa, Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Pella, Mamre and Atlantis.

The CPO Music Academy

Provides theory and practice to 80 secondary and older learners.

The Cape Town Philharmonic
Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE)

Offers specialised training and performance opportunities to 50 students from 30 townships.

The Cape Town Philharmonic
Youth Orchestra (CPYO)

The flagship orchestra, provides mentoring by CPO musicians and performance opportunities for 60 musicians from 25 townships and suburbs.

The CPO also visits more than 20 schools each year, reaching 20 000 learners annually, totaling more than 200 000 since inception.

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