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The Cape Town Philharmonic is gearing up for the 1st concert in Summer Symphony Series – on March 25. Read about the season, by clicking on Stay in touch in CPO activities by signing up for its newsletter on the website Excerpts from the latest newsletter follows. The beautiful featured image on this post was taken by Shirley Gueller, on Friday evening (March 12, 2021) at a fundraising concert held at Old Nectar in Stellenbosch, to raise funds for two young Nigerian cellists -Sunday Kelechi and Tutti Oluwagbenga Ajilato. They are seeking assistance in order to complete their music courses at the University of Stellenbosch. A Thundafund has been set so please consider donating. Link on the CPO website or in newsletter.The Old Nectar concert featured 12 cellists, including the CPO’s principal cello Peter Martens, Eddie McLean, Dane Coetzee and CPYO cellists  Sunday Kelechi and Oluwagbenga Ajila.


The dates must be etched in your mind by now, along with the programmes!  In case you have not got your tickets, please go to Quicket here and buy them! We are proud of this season which features not only four of our CPO/CPYO principals – Lisa White (oboe), Shannon Thebus (horn), Gabriele von Dürckheim (flute) and Petrus Coetzee (viola) showing why they are so good at what they do, but also pianist Esthea Kruger, who returned from Germany to make a difference here, as a performer and teacher at the SA College of Music at UCT.
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With the auditions for the CPYO and CPYWE coming up at the end of the month, our professional musicians are busy mentoring their young counterparts, existing and potential. Here’s a look at Maretha Uys with young violinist Mia Quass, the cello section with Peter Martens, Eddie McLean and Dane Coetzee with Zoȅ Torres and Oluwagbenga Ajila, Sunday Kelechi, Clara de la Guerre, respectively double bass Roxane Steffen with Jan Gabriel Geldeblom and Kyle Smith and saxophonist Liam Burden who joined us to mentor Michael de Goede and Imaam Salie, a young audience member notwithstanding!    


We know there are huge calls on everyone’s purse strings, our call not the least, but without brilliant young musicians like CPYO principal cello Sunday Kelechi and Tutti Oluwagbenga Ajila we would all be the poorer. They both need support to complete their final year at the University of Stellenbosch so if you can see your way to sending a contribution to Thundafund here or directly to the University here (all money received is dedicated to this cause), then please do. Their concert at Old Nectar in Stellenbosch, also featuring another 12 cellists including the entire CPO cello section, showed how good they are.


The CPO board, management and musicians would like to congratulate Raymond Ackerman on his 90th birthday and wish him many more years of good health. We would also like to thank him and his wife Wendy for their unstinting support of the arts, in particular the CPO. CPO string players were on hand to congratulate him musically: from left Peter Martens, Samantha Durrant, Philip Martens, Petrus Coetzee and Zanelle Britz.    


This has been a year of many experiences, good and bad. The good ones included spending more time with my family, my wife Latecia and children Skylar, 4, and Elijah, nearly 18 months.   Bad experiences meant less work and also that I didn’t get to spend time with my mother.  I miss hugging her, showing her affection because she has been blind for five years and that’s hard enough for her even without the pandemic. I miss being with friends and family, the emotions we share and the love we have for one another, especially those who are on their own without anyone to show them affection. I miss being able to hold someone to show gratitude. I miss performing for an audience, seeing their faces reflect their pleasure, feeling how their hearts have been touched by the music. I miss the applause and the buzz before, during and after a symphony concert!
But I have been lucky because I have had work – playing in the orchestra in the Cyber Symphony concerts, conducting the community gala, the youth orchestra and the combined youth orchestra and CPO for streamed concerts. Read more.  


Principal second violin Samantha Durrant and violist Maja van Dyk appear regularly at the V & A Waterfront to perform for you, free of charge, to show that they are keen to continue performing for you. We are grateful to those who take advantage of the SnapScan logo and donate. Every cent helps keep the CPO alive and well.    


If it were not for COVID, the new CP Wind Ensemble would be up and running! Eager to perform, several of the wind musicians will be presented by Christ Church Concerts in Constantia on Sunday, April 11, at 3 pm. Faan Malan will conduct Mozart’s Gran Partita and a piece by Gary Carpenter. In-person tickets and online tickets available here    


Renowned Cape Town photographer Jarred Figgins photographed CPYO musicians for Good Good Good’s Brand’s SS21 collection and the results are phenomenal. Good Good Good will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from the sale of the collection to the CPYO! The musicians are Edward Fungai (violin), Carlyle Botha (viola), Chris Njapha (above) and Hannah Quass (cello), Kyle Smith (double bass), Zoe Parks (flute), Tiffany Delcarme (clarinet), Petra Williams (sax), Emile Waters (alto sax), Clayton Jacobs (tenor sax),  Liam Peterson (euphonium).

As Jarred wrote on his Instagram posts: “To be able to work with such an amazing group of musicians and crew who gave more of themselves than ever imagines really warms the heart:” Because they believe in the CPO’s mission to provide quality music education to all, Daniel Sher, founder and designer of Good Good Good, saw a perfect opportunity to make this visual collaborative project with Figgins align with Good Good Good’s Commitment to Change.
This collection is available only through the Good Good Good website and through their flagship store Duck Duck Goose, 120 Bree Street, Cape Town. More information     WHAT WE ARE UP TO  

March 20 – Celebrating Artscape’s 50 years. The CPO formed the backbone of much of this celebration which will be streamed free of charge on Artscape’s YouTube channel here

April 3- 10 Humperdinck’s Hānsel und Gretel with Cape Town Opera Artscape Opera. Tickets here    

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