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The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town

The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town is one of Cape Town’s oldest and best-loved choral groups.


Phimharmonis choir of Cape town


In 2017, we celebrated our 50thAnniversary ! The choir was formed in 1967 and has been described as “the jewel in Cape Town’s musical crown.” It comprises more than 120 amateur singers, of all ages and backgrounds, who seek to contribute to the South African musical landscape by performing a diverse and challenging repertoire of music.

Each year, the choir performs three or four major choral works and a few smaller concerts, including some at outreach events. It typically performs in grand historical venues such as the Cape Town City Hall, St. George’s Cathedral, the Bishops Chapel and Groote Kerk. It has also sung in popular public areas, including Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre.

The Philharmonia Choir has had a number of important engagements with visiting international artists, including Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Luciano Pavarotti and Renee Fleming, and conductors John Rutter and the late Sir David Willcocks. We have collaborated with some South Africa’s best professional soloists and conductors including Violina Anguelov, Sunnyboy Dladla, Levy Sekgapane, George Stevens, Arthur Swan, Pretty Yende, Richard Cock, Raymond Hughes and Vetta Wise. We have also had the privilege of performing regularly with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

The choir has a history and reputation of engaging up-and-coming young artists as soloists, many of whom go on to develop international careers.




Join us for a celebration of the works of beloved contemporary composer John Rutter. The programme will include a variety of popular and less-well-known works.

Cape Town City Hall

Friday 5 June

Tickets will be available online from Quicket.



Two years on from our epic performances of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, the Philharmonia Choir will once again be joining forces with Richard Cock and the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg to present one of the great choral works: Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.

The Missa solemnis is a solemn mass composed by Ludwig van Beethoven from 1819 to 1823. It was first performed on 7 April 1824 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is generally considered one of Beethoven’s supreme achievements, composed during the height of his career. Despite this critical recognition of the work, Missa solemnis has not achieved the same level of popular attention as many of his symphonies and sonatas have enjoyed. This will be a rare opportunity to see this majestic masterpiece performed, and there will be performances in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg
Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town

Dates and times:
Sunday 4 October (Johannesburg)
Saturday 31 October (Cape Town)


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