Dear Friends of Orchestral Music

Just as things started to open up again – so they closed! With winter also on our doorsteps, perhaps it has not been the worst time to rather stay indoors and find solace with the CPO Winter Cyber Symphonies and music from Fine Music Radio.

In addition to these events, there will be a streamed house concert this coming Friday 23rd July with cellist Chris Njapha. You may remember that, with your support in 2020, we were able to assist in the funding of a new cello for Chris who was finishing his studies at the University of Stellenbosch. Chris will be performing on that cello this Friday at his home in Durban, and the concert is to help him raise funds to continue his music studies at the Manhatten School of Music in New York, where he has been offered a scholarship to studies his Masters.

If you would like to support this concert please follow the link to where you can buy tickets and find out how to log onto the concert. You can also follow Chris via his facebook page to learn more about his journey ahead. The programme for the concert will include Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 and Paganini’s Violin Caprice No.13.

Two other online events of interest are a Behind the Scenes series with the newly named Cape Town Baroque Orchestra (formerly Camerata Tinta Barocca) which you can explore on Also the National Arts Festival running until 31st July, has a host of theatre, music, talks, art and more on:

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We look forward to bringing you more news soon of music and musicians around Cape Town and in the meantime thank you for your continued support. We wish you all a warm and safe week ahead.

Kind regards

Friends of Orchestral Music



Streaming July 22 – 26
Conductor Jeremy Silver; Soloist Luis Magalhães (piano)
Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

Streaming July 29 – Aug 3
Conductor Bernhard Gueller; Soloist Megan-Geoffrey Prins (piano)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Mozart Symphony No 40 in G minor, K 550

Programme notes are on the CPO website linked from the concerts on the home page