The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) has cancelled the Autumn Symphony Session Concerts following the extension of the lockdown by President Cyril Ramaphosa until April 30.
“We have been cautious in our planning in these globally and locally unprecedented and horrendous times. Following the announcement by the President, we have taken the decision to cancel our Autumn Symphony season (April 23, May 5,7, 14) in its entirety. Mindful of social distancing even if the lockdown is fully or partially lifted, we cannot put the health of our audiences and musicians at risk,” says CEO of the CPO – Louis Heyneman.
The CPO, which receives no subsidy from the national government to support its core business and its vast education programme which gives a lifeline to hundreds of musicians from the townships to Atlantis and Mamre, will struggle even more with sustainability.
Since those who bought tickets on their credit cards will have the tickets automatically refunded. Those who bought at stores need to wait until after lock down and approach those stores directly.
Heyneman says that for now the June Symphony Season which runs from May 28 to June 18 at the Cape Town City Hall is untouched, provided the City Hall is re-opened, although with international travel restrictions in place the artists may change.