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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.


Cape Philharmonic

Richard Cock comes to Cape Town to conduct two Songs of Praise concerts in mid-August! The programme will include traditional and modern hymns/songs, choral anthems and vibrant African pieces. The choir will be accompanied by a festive brass and percussion ensemble and in some pieces by a marimba band, who will also perform some instrumental works. You will be able to join in the singing of some of your favourite hymns during the concert!

Tickets will be available on Quicket from 29 July. Tickets cost R150 each. Buy 10 (in one go), get the 11th free! Seats are unreserved.

There will be a charity drive at the Fish Hoek concert. Bring any blankets, items of clothing, and non-perishable food you would like to donate along to the concert, and the church will see that it gets to those in need.

Conductor: Richard Cock
Accompanists: A Festival Brass and Percussion Ensemble as well as St Mark’s Marimba Band
17 August 2019: Groote Kerk, Cape Town, 7 pm
18 August 2019: King of Kings, Fish Hoek, 2:30 pm
Tickets: Available on Quicket from 29 July


Cape Phimharmonic

The Philharmonia Choir joins forces with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Bernhard Gueller to present Johannes Brahms’ lyrical Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op. 45. The requiem was composed between 1865 and 1868 and may have been inspired by Brahms’ grief over his mother’s death in 1865 and Robert Schumann’s death in 1856. It is sacred but non-liturgical, and Brahms composed the libretto based on text from the German Luther Bible, in contrast to the traditional Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, which uses a standardized text in Latin.

Although the Requiem Mass in the Roman Catholic liturgy begins with prayers for the dead (“Grant them eternal rest, O Lord”), Brahms’ requiem focuses on the living, beginning with the text “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted” from the Beatitudes. This theme — transition from anxiety to comfort — recurs throughout the work. The requiem is centred around the lovely “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” (How lovely are thy dwellings), a favourite piece of the Philharmonia Choir.

Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
Date: 14 November 2019, 8 pm
Venue: Cape Town City Hall
Tickets: Will be available from www.computicket.com.
Price: From R135

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