Finally!  The long awaited kidz club will be launched at the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s  Festival Concert at Artscape.  Kidz will be able to join in the foyer before and after the concert. More details will be revealed soon!!!!! (free tickets, Back-stage passes, VIP club,T-shirts, meet- the- orchestra……) Book your tickets NOW to avoid disappointment.

Title:  Youth Orchestra Festival Concert

When:  11.02.2012; 20:00
Where:  Artscape Theatre – Cape Town
Category:  Concert
Tickets: R60 at Computicket 


CPO’s two youth ensembles showcase concert with popular shorter orchestral work.

Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO)

The Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra was launched in 2004 and 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 coaching 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 include the orchestra’s debut at the First Cape Town International Summer Music Festival (November 2006) and all the subsequent Cape Town International Summer Music Festivals. The CPYO regularly performs full-length showcase concerts together with the CPYWE and their performances at the Grahamstown National Arts & Schools Festivals have been very successful. The CPO Education showcase concerts take place quarterly when the CPYO performs with the CPYWE. During the past three Cape Town International Summer Music Festivals, members of the CPYO have performed side-by-side concerts with the CPO. Four CPYO members were included in the CPO’s USA tour.

Cape Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (CPYWE)

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

Some of the CPYWE’s highlight performances in the past years have included participation in the Artscape Wind Band Festival (2006) and its international debut at the First Cape Town International Summer Music Festival (November 2006) and subsequent festivals. The ensemble 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 2005 & 2007 the ensemble 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 is privileged to have Sean Kierman, the retired head of Brass (UCT) as its conductor. Sean Kierman started the wind band movement in South Africa in the 1960’s and brings a vast amount of experience to this programme. We have also welcomed international guest conductors to the CPYWE podium, namely Christian Kohler (Germany, 2007 & 2008) & Dr John Stanley (USA, 2009). John Rojas, Head of Winds at Beau Soleil Music Centre conducted the CPYWE at the showcase concerts in 2009 & 2010. Showcase concerts take place quarterly at various community venues.
The CPYWE undertook its first tour in 2010 where it participated in the Mandela Bay Festival of Sound, in Port Elizabeth. The ensemble received a Certificate of Participation as well as the Best Ensemble as Voted by Peers.

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