August News

August is not only woman’s month, but also a chance to celebrate youth in music.  The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Symphony Season opens this Thursday with a special guest concert featuring the German National Youth Orchestra, with conductor Alexander Shelley.  Please note there will be no open rehearsal for this, but we will be back to host the dress rehearsals for the rest of the season from 22 August to 12 September. Prices are R100 regular, (R80 FOM members) and R50 students with block bookings available for school groups.

For your diary – two of our FOM Beneficiaries host their premiere gala events this month which we hope will be of interest to you.

On 24th AugustHugo Lambrechts hosts their annual Concerto Festival. The Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Liam Burden will accompany 16 young soloists who auditioned earlier in the year and will perform in an exciting programme that varies from Bach to Stockton.
19h00: Hugo Lambrechts Hall, Picton Road, Parow.  Booking essential: 021 939 9105

On 31st August The Beau Soleil Music Centre host their annual Gala Concert at the Cape Town City Hall.
Highlights of this year’s senior concert will be the Senior String Orchestra, directed by the Head of the Music Centre, Marina Louw, performing the beautiful Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock and the Senior Wind Band, directed by Head of Woodwinds, John Rojas, will close the concert with an exciting account of Traditions and Reflections by Lennie Niehaus.

If you are unable to attend the evening performance, the Junior Gala Concert takes place at 15h00 on Saturday afternoon and features the Preliminary and Junior ensembles as well as a performance by the celebrated Ifidyoli Ensemble, a product of their string development programme which received FOM funding from our orchestral development portfolio.  They will be joined by pupils of the Ottery Methodist School and the Westlake Primary School, where they also have community programmes.
31 August,Cape Town City Hall
Senior Concert:19h00: R100 adults, R50 children
Junior Concert: 15h00: R60 adults, R30 children

To book: call:  021 761 1894 or email:

Both concerts showcase the incredible work these centres do to uplift and develop the youth in our communities and give you, our members, the chance to see how you can make a difference by supporting FOM and our projects.

Lastly, don’t forget our annual FOM Quiz is coming up on Sunday 25th August at 6pm at Bowmans. R200pp with all proceeds going to our fundraising activities, includes all food, wine and quizmaster Morne Wessels putting our general knowledge to the test.  Book at Quicket.

Kind regards
Louise Howlett
for Friends of Orchestral Music

For your Diary: 

25 Aug: Quiz Night @Bowmans
20 October: FOM Soiree- The Misshapen Pearls, A Baroque Story