Dear Friends

Spring has sprung and the new symphony season is upon us with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra bringing the finest symphonic music to the City Hall in Cape Town. As always the Friends of Orchestral Music will be hosting the morning final rehearsals at 11am for the first 3 concerts – 7, 14 and 21 September. The final concert of the season includes a choir so their final rehearsal will be at 7pm on Wednesday 27th. Tickets for the rehearsals are at Quicket. There will be creditcard and snapscan available at the morning rehearsals, but in order to avoid queuing and also to ensure you get the latest information about the concerts pre-booking is always preferred.  Please do remember that the city hall is now a cashless venue.

If you have not yet booked for the evening concerts, then you might still get lucky – booking at Computicket. It is also now possible to queue at the door for returns half an hour before the start of the concert with pensioner discounts where available.

In addition to the symphony season the orchestra is also busy with Tales of Hoffmann at the Baxter this coming weekend and then Tosca from 12th at Artscape.  Also for your diaries the Cape Town Baroque Festival takes place from 22nd September.Lastly, the Johann Vos Piano Competition took place last week at Hugo Lambrechts – once again showcasing the incredible talent of our young musicians. The Friends of Orchestral Music will be bringing you highlights from the junior, senior and Olive Lieberz prize winners on Fine Music Radio this coming Sunday at 2pm on 101.3fm or via their website

If you have any queries on the above – please do not hesitate to contact us on

Kind regards

Friends of Orchestral Music, Cape Town

Regular Booking open at Computicket, Rehearsal links at Quicket – listed below
***please note the final concert on 28 September has no morning rehearsal – the rehearsal takes place at 7pm on 27 September***

7 SEPT:  Conductor Bernhard Gueller, Soloist Torleif Thedéen (cello)
Mussorgsky Prelude to Khovanshchina
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1, Op. 107
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2, Op. 11 “Little Russian”
11am rehearsal link:

14 SEPT: Conductor Bernhard Gueller, Soloist Jayson Gillham (piano)
Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K. 467
Mendelssohn: Notturno from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A “Italian
11am rehearsal link:

21 SEPT: Conductor Bernhard Gueller, Soloist Priya Mitchell (violin)
Corigliano Elegy for Orchestra
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Schumann Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
11am rehearsal link:

28 SEPT: Conductor / Composer Robert Maxym, Soloist: Bongiwe Nakani
A Celebration of Africa
Martens Maxym Children of Africa suite
Maxym Siyakhulekela,
Khumalo/James/Maxym uShaka (Prelude, Part 1, and Part 3)
**Rehearsal link: 27 September 7pm**