Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO)

The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra was launched in 2004 as part of the CPO’s development and transformation plan: most of the members of the CPYO come from previously disadvantaged communities. The members of the professional orchestra are committed to a programme of teaching and training the young musicians through regular workshops and one-on-one tuition.

This flagship of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Outreach and Education programme has made great strides under the leadership of Alexander Fokkens since his appointment as resident conductor of the CPYO in 2006. Some of the CPYO’s performances in the past two years included the orchestra’s debut at the First Cape Town International Summer Music Festival (November 2006). The CPYO regularly perform full-length showcase concerts together with the CPYWE and their performances at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the Klein Karoo Kunstefees have been very successful. The CPYO now perform their own full-length concert, together with the CPYWE, during every Cape Town International Summer Music Festival and members of the CPYO are included in the performances of some works on the programme of the senior orchestra.

Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE)

The Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble made their debut before a local audience on 1 May 2004 and have become a well-established group participating in many concerts with the CPO but also performing on their own.

Some of the CPYWE’s highlight performances in the past years have included participation in the Artscape Wind Band Festival (2006) and their international debut at the First Cape Town International Summer Music Festival (November 2006). They also performed during the Mayoral Welcome (an event which welcomes dignitaries attending the Opening of Parliament) in Feb. 2007 and at the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport’s Artistic Showcase at Artscape in May 2007.

In March and April 2007 they performed with the visiting Dutch group Brass Band Schoonhoven (BBS) at the V & A Waterfront and in Bands in Concert at Artscape (the latter concert also featuring Windworx).

The CPYWE and CPYO give showcase concerts quarterly in community venues and they also perform their own full-length concert during every Cape Town International Summer Music Festival.

CPYO Junior Strings

This ensemble started a year ago under the guidance of David Snaith assisted by Michele Williams (the principal second violinist in the CPO) and Colette Botha (second violinist in CPO). Subsequently Brandon Phillips was appointed as the conductor of this very young ensemble. The members are from Musedi, a music project in Elsies River.

Conductors’ master classes

The CPO Outreach and Education programme is privileged to have a pedagogue of the calibre of the internationally renowned Maestro Victor Yampolsky involved in our education process. Maestro Yampolsky also oversees the overall vision and objectives of the education programme and his insights have proven invaluable to the growth of the youth orchestras to date. The master classes for trainee conductors are conducted over four weekends and the intensive training includes opportunities to conduct the CPYO and CPYWE.

Instrument Bank

Various projects and individuals benefit from our instrument bank. These projects include among others include the Hout Bay Strings, the Zolani Centre, Musedi and the Good Hope Seminary High School.

Teaching Programme (Instrumental Tuition & Theory)

The teaching programme involves about 70 learners receiving weekly tuition in their respective instruments at the Good Hope Seminary High School. The tuition is provided by 18 teachers drawn from among the CPO musicians and music teachers from schools.

For further information, please contact Henriette Weber at 021 410 9982 or henriette

Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Outreach & Education

International Advisor Victor Yampolsky
Manager Henriette Weber
Resident Conductor – CPYO Alexander Fokkens
Conductor – CPYWE Sean Kierman
Trainee Conductors Brandon Phillips, Wesley Lewis, Pumelelo Tsewu

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