Dear Friends of Orchestral Music

Music in Cape Town is suddenly running full speed ahead! Stellenbosch is full to the brim with music and arts this week with the annual Woordfees, and the Summer Season for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra begins on 27 October. Tickets are already on sale at Computicket, but we will once again be hosting the dress rehearsals which take place each Thursday before the evening concert with tickets from Quicket.

Please note – the first one on 27 October with Jan Hugo is at a different time to the rest.  This rehearsal will start at 12 noon and continue to around 2.30pm.  Thereafter the rest of the season will start at 11am running through to 2pm.  Tickets can be bought through Quicket – links are below and all proceeds go towards the running costs of the CPO. We also now have Snapscan for ticket sales at the door.

For your diary, the CPO are also collaborating with the Cape Town Concert Series for an International Festival of three concerts to finish the year.  The first will be a fundraiser taking place at the Norval Foundation with Alissa Margulis and Luis Magalhaes. They will present a programme of Beethoven, Brahms and Kreisler and Luis will be playing on a hand-crafted Fazioli grand piano courtesy of Ian Burgess-Simpson pianos. The concert starts at 5pm but you are invited to come early and explore the gardens and exhibitions of Norval included in your ticket price along with a complimentary drink in the interval.  Then there will be two more recitals in the Baxter Concert Hall – on 12 November Alexey Stadler will present a programme of solo cello and chamber music with members of the CPO and on 22 November Daniel Ciobanu will present a piano recital. Tickets from Webtickets and details from

We will be sending an update soon on memberships for 2023.  We cannot thank you enough for your support this year and we are looking forward to a new year of exciting music and events.

If you missed any of the CPO Spring season, you can catch up with them each Thursday at 7pm on Fine Music Radio. In addition to the traditional 101.3, Dstv 838 and Internet, FMR has developed their own app which means you can now download FMR onto your phone and listen to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra anywhere!

Thank you for your support of music in Cape Town, we look forward to seeing you at a live performance again soon!

Kind regards

Louise Howlett
for Friends of Orchestral Music

CPO SUMMER SEASON PROGRAMMES:Thursday, October 27, 12h00:

Rehearsal booking link:

Conductor Bernhard Gueller,
Soloist Jan Hugo (piano)

Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor

Thursday, November 3, 11:00:

Rehearsal booking link:

Conductor Theodore Kuchar,
Soloist Alissa Margulis (violinist)

Curtainraiser  CPYO conducted by Brandon Phillips

Janáček Taras Bulba Symphonic Rhapsody
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 19
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92

Thursday, November 10, 11:00:

Rehearsal  link:

Conductor Theodore Kuchar,
Soloist Alexey Stadler (cello)

Smetana Vltava (The Moldau)
Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Nielsen Symphony No. 3 “Sinfonia Espansiva”, Op. 27

  Thursday, November 17, 11:00,

Rehearsal link:

Conductor Conrad van Alphen
Soloist Melvyn Tan (piano)

Schubert Rosamunde Overture, D 644
Mozart Piano Concerto No 17 in G, K 453
Schubert Symphony No. 9 in C, “The Great”

Thursday, November 24, 11:00
Rehearsal link:

Conductor Conrad van Alphen
Soloist Daniel Ciobanu (piano)

Bernstein/arr Maurice Peress
West Side Story Overture
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Copland Symphony No. 3