Classical music Youth Extravaganza 2022: SA Conductors’ Competition finals, CPO Youth Orchestra and Youth Ensembles

Classical music Youth Extravaganza 2022:

~ SA Conductors’ Competition finals, CPO Youth Orchestra and Youth Ensembles at Play SA

Conductors’ Competition finals:
When and where: August 7, 6pm, at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre
Tickets: R150
Booking link: CPO

~ Youth Orchestra

When and where: Saturday, August 13, at 4pm
Tickets: R150
Booking link:

~Youth Ensembles at Play

When and where: August 21, 3pm, Artscape Chandelier Foyer
Tickets: Free

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The CPO (Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra) has announced a Youth Extravaganza of classical music for August 2022: The SA Conductors’ Competition finals is on August 7. On August 13, the CPO Youth Orchestra will give its first full public symphony concert. Both concerts take place at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre. Then on August 21, The Youth Ensembles at Play concert is on, 3pm, Artscape Chandelier Foyer. No charge for this concert. Ticket info for the other concerts, in box above.  Info as supplied:


With three concerts focusing on young musicians -5th SA Conductors’ Competition, CPYO and the strings ensembles from the CPO  Music Academy, coming up, it is time to focus on the fact that the CPO, rather than sitting on the side-lines, has taken the initiative in education, development and transformation.

The SA Conductors’ Competition

Three candidates will conduct the CPO with one of three young soloists in the first movement of one concerto in the final round of the 5th SA Conductors’ Competition. The soloists are Samantha Durrant (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto), Lance Thuynsma (Mozart Clarinet Concerto) and Isaac van der Merwe (Mozart Piano Concerto no 20); each candidate will also conduct one of three overtures – Magic Flute by Mozart, Coriolan by Beethoven and Der Freischutz by Weber. All six candidates going to the semi-finals next week, have had to prepare all six works, and the three who go through will only know next Friday night who has got which works. It’s tense but the level of excitement will match the level of performance. 

About the SA Conductors’ Competition finals

The final round of South Africa’s only conducting competition, formerly called the Len van Zyl Conductors’ Competition, is on Sunday, August 7, the three finalists will compete in the final round. The title brings with it mentoring by Maestro Arjan Tien, who will be back in Cape Town to present masterclasses and head the jury. If you can’t attend the concert on Sunday, August 7, at 6pm, at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, it will be streamed live and available afterwards on YouTube. Details will follow.

Panel- SA Conductors’ competition

A panel comprised of Arjan Tien, Bernhard Gueller, Richard Cock, Brandon Phillips and Chad Hendricks will judge the performances and the CPO, conducted by Schalk van der Merwe, will perform Strauss Fledermaus overture while the panel is in discussion

Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

On Saturday, August 13, 7.30pm, the members of the Cape Town Philharmonic and its conductor Brandon Phillips, will give their first ever full symphony concert, all by themselves. Mike Wang is the soloist in the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 1; the orchestra will also perform the Pomp and Circumstance March by Elgar and Beethoven’s ground-breaking Symphony No 5.

Youth Ensembles at Play

The Youth Ensembles at Playconcert takes place,August 21, 3pm, Artscape Chandelier Foyer. No charge. The conductor is Faan Malan.

The SA Conductors’ 2022 competition: Chevonne Plaatjies is flying in from Gauteng to take masterclasses with maestro Arjan Tien, before competing in the semi final round to see if she makes the finals. Pic: Joan Ward. 

The SA Conductors’ 2022 competition: Horn player Mieke Marie Kunz is also from Gauteng. Pic Joan Ward. 

✳ Sponsored content. Featured image: Samantha durrant Lance Thuynsma and Isaac Van der merwe who are all soloists in the final round of The SA Conductors’ Competition on August 7, 2022. Pic by Joan Ward. Images supplied.