Dear Friends of Orchestral Music

As the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is busy preparing for their LIVE Autumn Symphony Season at the City Hall, we are excited to announce that we were finally given permission to open the hall for all the upcoming rehearsals for alimited number of seats. We do this as a fundraising initiative to help raise much needed operational costs for theorchestra as it is the first time we have been able to help them directly since 2020.

However we are entering into a new era, and as such have to follow some new procedures issued by the City Hall. We ask that you take note of the following:

Currently, no cash is allowed at the City Hall – therefore we have opened up reservations on Quicket for a donation fee of R125 per person.  To book for the concerts you can click on the following links:

7 April:

14 April:

21 April:

28 April:

Should you have any difficulties booking through Quicket please contact me via:

Numbers are also restricted which means sadly we are not permitted use of the balcony or bays. Only the downstairs area of the hall is available.  It also means we will only be able to accommodate school block bookings by special request. Please contact me directly in this regard on

Entrance will be through a second door on Longmarket Street – further along from the entrance that the orchestra use (this will be signposted). You will receive an email a day or two before the rehearsal confirming this.

Covid Protocols are required – similar to the evening concert performances – which means proof of vaccination or anegative Covid test within 48 hours will need to be produced. At time of writing temperature will also need to be taken on arrival.  Therefore we ask that you arrive early to give plenty of time for entry.  Masks will need to be worn in the hall at all times.

Since we are at the beginning of a new era, it may take some time to work through the processes. We hope as the year progresses we will be allowed more freedom, but for now we must work within the confines of what is allowed and we thank you for your understanding with this.

Should you be unable to attend either the concerts or the rehearsals – take heart – Fine Music Radio will be recording theconcerts for broadcast a week 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.Kind regards

Louise Howlett
for Friends of Orchestral Music


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Thursday, April 7, 2022 : Beethoven and Brahms
Conductor – Bernhard Gueller
Soloist – Antonio Pompa-Baldi

Beethoven  Marcia funebre from Symphony No 3, “Eroica”
Beethoven Piano Concerto no 5 in E flat, Op. 73  “Emperor”
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73

Thursday, April 14, 2022 : Northern Lights  
Conductor – Bernhard Gueller
Soloist – Gabriele von Durckheim (flute)

Grieg  Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Nielsen Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Nielson Symphony No. 2, Op. 16, “The Four Temperaments”

Thursday, April 21, 2022 : 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 and orchestrated by Peter KlatzowThursday, April 28, 2022 : 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