Roll Call: Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra – String Quartet

Programme Notes: CTMT 2015

“The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO) was launched in 2003 as part of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s development and transformation plan. It is a vibrant ensemble  sought after in Cape Town for corporate gigs and concerts.

It has performed in Infecting the City, at the V&A Waterfront and for the Fleur du Cap awards and was recently filmed for an international film, The Last Face, directed by Sean Penn in Cape Town. It has also performed at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, the Hugo Lambrecht’s Music Centre Orchestra Festival, the Mercedes Benz SA Fashion Week, the Iziko Museum Youth Day Celebrations, and at international congress openings.

Conducted by the Cape Town Philharmonic’s charismatic resident conductor Brandon Phillips, the winner of the 1st Len Van Zyl Conductors’ Competition and also music director of the CPYO, the orchestra performs regular curtain raisers for the CPO and traditionally brings the CPO’s annual International Summer Music Festivals to a close in February each year.

The CPYO has performed with many well-known artists, including Loyiso Bala, Zwai Bala, Ivan Siegelaar, Neville D, Magdalene Minnaar and the Soweto Gospel Choir. A DVD of its performance  at the Great Hymns of Faith concert with Loyiso Bala, Siegelaar and Neville D has been produced by composer Bruce Retief, who arranged all the music. The DVD of its collaboration with reggae  band Trenton and the Free Radicals in the song Mr Mandela has been released abroad. This was the first time that reggae musicians and a classical orchestra worked together on a production in South Africa. It also undertook a tour to Gauteng, where it collaborated with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company in an acclaimed concert in Johannesburg.

The high standard of the musicians in the CPYO is well-established; they have been coached or been rehearsed by, for instance, members of the visiting Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra from The Netherlands, trumpeter Sergei Nakariakov and maestri Yasue Shinozaki and Bernhard Gueller.

The string quartet who will be performing at the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2015 consists of Noluvuyo Nteta (violin), Shaheema Lakay (violin), Jessica Rossouw (viola) and Pearl Yung (cello).” (CTMT 2015)