Cape Town Philharmonic Ensembles in Paternoster Festival

Written by on 3rd Jun 2021


27th Jun 2021

Two ensembles from the Cape Town Philharmonic (CPO) and one from the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO) have been invited to appear in the inaugural Die Koelkamers Classical Music Festival. The brand-new festival, the brainchild of Jan Malan, the South African entrepreneur that takes thinking outside the box to new levels, will take place in the idyllic West Coast seaside haven of Paternoster over the weekend of June 24 to 27, 2021.

Says Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO, “this is a marvellous opportunity for the CPO to appear outside its traditional venues and show the country that we are truly an orchestra for all.  Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to reach more people with streamed concerts such as our Cyber Symphony series and our school’s video which is available free of charge and we are delighted to be able to have a physical presence, in front of a real audience, in this new festival”.

The CPO Wind Ensemble will perform on Saturday, June 26, at 18:00. Established at the height of Covid-19, the group of wind players has already made a name for itself.  The ensemble, which will be conducted by its founder, wind band specialist Faan Malan, will perform Mozart’s Serenade no 12 in C minor, “Gran Partita”, the Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod, Sinfonia by Donizetti and Slavonic Dance Op., 46 no 8 by Dvorak.  The ensemble comprises Carike Byker (flute), Adeleida Bingham (oboe), Kim Malan (oboe), Matthew Reid (clarinet), David Little (clarinet), Liesl Jobson (bassoon), Glyn Partridge (bassoon), Erik Albertyn (French horn),  Faan Malan (French horn).

There will be a short curtain-raiser before this concert by the CPYO String Quartet which comprises the CPYO concertmaster Caro Hill with  Christi- Ann Collison (violin), Carlyle Botha (viola) and Nwuko Sunday Kelechi (cello). The ensemble will perform works like Por Una Cabeza from the film “Scent of a Woman”, and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel.  As Heyneman says, “our youth orchestra is part of our education and development programme and is, under normal circumstances, one of the region’s most sought-after ensembles.  The young people in the string quartet are leaders in their fields.”

On Sunday, June 27, at 14:30, the CPO Brass Quintet will perform a selection of popular arrangements that will spread joy and happiness as they always do!  Works include a Beatle and Ain’t Misbehaving arrangements. Its members are all principal players in the CPO and CPYO — Dave Thompson and Paul Chandler (trumpet), Shannon Thebus (French horn) Slavo Mrazik (trombone) and Shaun Williams (tuba).

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