Charity profile

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is dedicated to performance excellence in symphony concerts as well as being a presenter and generator of new talent. The CPO Academy, Youth Orchestras and the Masidlale Music Projects with hundreds of musicians in marginalised communities provide access to professional skills training. Our professional musicians are creating the future orchestra, future audience and many arts management specialists. Please grant them a career and let them play.

The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is arguably the most versatile and active orchestra on the continent of Africa and contributes handsomely in making Cape Town part of a global culture.

South Africa’s “orchestra for all seasons”, is a financially and culturally sustainable, multi-functional orchestra delivering a world-class musical experience to all communities of the Western Cape.  The CPO is one of only two full-time professional symphony orchestras in South Africa and continues a long and proud history of classical music since Cape Town’s first symphony orchestra was formed in 1914.


 Apart from traditional symphony concerts with internationally and locally acclaimed artists presented in the historic City Hall with its excellent acoustics for orchestral music, the CPO also accompanies  Cape Town Opera and Cape Town City Ballet at the Artscape Theatre Centre. Other  engagements include outdoor concerts, schools concerts and spectaculars, gala concerts which showcase community musicians.  This all adds up to a staggering 140 performances per year.