The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town is one of Cape Town’s oldest and best-loved choral groups.
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.
UPCOMING CONCERTS AND EVENTS
The Philharmonia Choir will be participating in a joyous Advent service at the Groote Kerk, in central Cape Town, on Sunday 24 November at 5 pm.
Contact the Groote Kerk, Central Cape Town for more information at 021 422 0569
The choir will be presenting several informal performances of Christmas carols in the main lobby of Cavendish Square. Come and share in the festive cheer and enjoy a musical break from your shopping or dining activities.
No charge. Children welcome.
Sunday 22 December 18:30–19:00
Monday 23 December 18:30–19:00
Tuesday 24 December 17:30–18:00
Composed in 1741 in only 24 days, Handel’s immortal oratorio has secured a place in history as one of the most frequently performed oratorios of all time. Perhaps best remembered for its exuberant “Hallelujah” chorus, this English oratorio sets liturgical texts that celebrate the prophecy, birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to glorious Baroque orchestration. Even if you are not religious, the music and voices raised in lyrical celebration are wonderful to hear. The Easter weekend is the perfect occasion to experience Handel’s Messiah.
Cape Town City Hall
Friday 10 April
Sunday 12 April
Tickets will be available online from Quicket.
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