Cape Philharmonic Orchestra uplifting young talent

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra started in 1914 and is the oldest orchestra in Africa.

The orchestra performs at least 170 times a year and runs a major community outreach programme that is changing the lives of young people.

The orchestra's Marvin Weavers explains that they run various projects that empower children from diverse backgrounds.

Weavers says music has played a powerful role in the lives of children from disadvantaged communities.

We bring the kids from the township in to Artscape Theatre to have their lessons.

Marvin Weavers, Youth Education and Development Co-ordinator at Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

They run the Masidlale Music Project music project which sees children from Nyanga, Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Atlantis offered music lessons during the week.

The orchestra also hosts the Cape Philharmonic Music Academy where 130 children attend lessons on Saturday mornings.

In addition, the also have a junior band, Youth Wind Ensemble and Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

It's close to 800 kids that we're dealing with.

Marvin Weavers, Youth Education and Development Co-ordinator at Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Most of them have an instrument and can't afford to take lessons or pay at music institutions.

Marvin Weavers, Youth Education and Development Co-ordinator at Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

We give them the platform and we give them lessons. we charge a minimum fee just to have their commitment and make the most of it.

Marvin Weavers, Youth Education and Development Co-ordinator at Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

The orchestra's Shirley Gueller adds that the initiatives have positively impacted on the development of young talent.

The youth development programme gives kids a sense of worth, a sense of value that they may have never had before. And it translates into the family.

Shirley Gueller, Strategic marketing consultant at Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Capetonians can watch their rehearsals in the City Hall for R50 every Thursday morning at 11am and the hall will be revamped over the next year.

Visit to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra website to learn more.

Take a listen to them explain about what's in store for the orchestra and its projects:

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