Dear Friends of Orchestral Music

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra are already half way through their wonderful Autumn Symphony Season LIVE at theCity Hall – with two concerts to go.  We invite you to join us on the morning of the concert to experience the final dress rehearsal and also assist the orchestra with much needed fundraising.

This coming Thursday 21st is a special concert in memory of Peter Klatzow featuring mezzo-soprano Bongiwe Nakani who will be singing highlights from thePrincess Magogo Songs. The programme also includes an orchestral version of the String Quartet Op. 111 by Brahms which was orchestrated by Peter and was a favourite of his. The orchestra will be conducted by Jeremy Silver.

The following Thursday 28 April is the final concert of the season featuring pianist Francois du Toit under the baton of Bernhard Gueller.  This programme was put together by a sponsor especially for his 80th birthday featuring Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven. The evening concert is sold out – so if you haven’t yet booked – your can still join us at the rehearsal at 11am.

Currently the City Hall rules prevent any handling of cash which means entry has to be booked through Quicket. This also helps with monitoring numbers as the50% capacity rule is still in place which is why currently all tickets must be booked in advance – no sales at thedoor. Vaccination certificates or proof of negative covid test also need to be shown on entry to the City Hall.

Links for booking are below but if you have any problems logging onto Quicket you can also pay directly to FOM with your surname as reference and we send this all directly through to the CPO to help with their overheads and running costs.  For all details you can email us at

Should you be unable to attend either the concerts or the rehearsals – take heart – Fine Music Radio will be recording theconcerts for broadcast aweek later. They too are having to abide by new rules and protocols which prevent live broadcasting for now. Hopefully many of these issues will be ironed out during the coming season and by June we will be looking forwards to a full concert experience.

If you are a lover of Baroque orchestral music as well as singing – then the CT Baroque Ensemble have a treat for you this coming Sunday 24 April where they launch their 2022 season with an Opera gala featuring Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, Lynelle Kenned, Brittany Smith, Jason Atherton and William Berger. The concert starts at 4pm at the Slave Church on Long Street. As always the orchestra will be led from the harpsichord by Erik Dippenaar. Tickets and more details from Quicket.

Kind regards

Louise Howlett
for Friends of Orchestral Music


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21 April:
Hommage a Peter Klatzow 
Conductor – Jeremy Silver,
Soloist – Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo-soprano)
A Chrysalis in Flames
Selection from The Princess Magogo songs
Brahms Symphony No. “5”
String Quintet Op. 111 arr & orchestrated by Peter Klatzow
28 April:
 Brahms and Beethoven 
Conductor – Bernhard Gueller
Soloist – François du Toit (piano)Mendelssohn Overture, The Hebrides
Beethoven Symphony No. 4 in B flat, Op. 60
Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 D minor, op 15

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