This annual initiative is aimed at providing an opportunity for school-going musicians to be involved in a day of music-making within an orchestral and mass choir setting, facilitated by The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Parklands College Music Department. The day will comprise of workshops, sectional rehearsals hosted by CPO musicians and a finale concert conducted by Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, Mr Brandon Phillips, to which family, friends and the general public are invited to attend.

Our Conductor

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Brandon Phillips

Guest Artist

Zolani Mahola

Guest Artist


Guest Artist

DF Malan Wind Ensemble


Friday 6 & Saturday 7 March 2020


1. Instrumental Musicians of Grade 4 and above level and all singers interested in being apart of a choir may register.

2. Entry Forms to be submitted by Wednesday 19 February 2020 to apetro@parklands.co.za

3. A fee of R120 per student will be required and payable by 19 February 2020 to Parklands College. Each school is requested to make one combined payment and send the POP to apetro@parklands.co.za

4. One teacher per school to please accompany students and assist with registration.

Friday 6 March 2020  

Registration: 14:30-15:00    Festival: 15:00-19:00   

Saturday 7 March 2020   

Registration: 08:15-08:45    Festival: 08:45-17:30


Click on the link below to enrol for 2 days of Music collaboration, fun, training with professionals, networking with students from around the Peninsula and putting on an incredible show with our guest artist ….

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 19 February 2020

Click Here to sign up


1. Dress: Learners may arrive in civvies for the workshop and get changed before the concert into full school uniform.

2. Music stand: Each musician should please bring a collapsible music stand along. Please ensure that the stand is clearly marked. This will be for rehearsal purposes.

3. Sheet music: Please print your parts at home if possible. We will be able to print any additional parts on the day, as needed.

4. Flip files: Please could musicians arrive with their music in a flip file. Please insert black paper in

the front and back pockets.

5. Pencils: Each musician should bring a pencil to the rehearsal to correct any bowing or articulation as needed.

6. Snack and drink: Our tuck shop will be open throughout the course of the day. However, we recommend all musicians to bring a water bottle and extra snacks. A light packed lunch will be provided on the Saturday and small snack on the Friday.

7. Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the door at R70 per ticket. Each performer receives one complimentary ticket. The person who will be claiming the ticket should please state the name of the child as they arrive at the door and we will ensure the ticket gets issued accordingly. Any additional tickets will have to be paid for.

8. Accompanying adults: Our restaurant will be open to provide tea, coffee, juice and snacks for the teachers throughout the course of the day. Please confirm the number of accompanying teachers from your school. We would like to make them feel welcome.


Click Here to access repertoire

  • Intermezzo by Mascagni (available)
  • New World Symphony Mvt 4 (available)
  • A Dizzy Gillespie Medley (still to be added): Caravan; It Don’t Mean a Thing; Just Squeeze Me; Ko Ko; Sophisticated Lady and Take the “A” Train.
  • Johnny Clegg Medley (Choir and Orchestra): still to be added
  • And a few more surprise items …


Click Here to see the itinerary


Introducing our Conductor for PCFM 2020: Maestro Brandon Phillips

Winner of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Inaugural Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition in 2010, Brandon Phillips began his music career in the New Apostolic Church. He studied bassoon and viola at the University of Cape Town, receiving his Diploma for orchestral studies and BMus Honours in solo bassoon in 2005. Phillips is currently principal bassoon of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed its resident conductor in 2015. He is also artistic director and conductor of the CPYO.

Phillips is regularly invited as an adjudicator and conductor for various competitions such as the ATKV, Artscape National Youth, Unisa Winds and the Schock Singing competitions. He regularly appears on television conducting the CPYO at the Fiesta Awards, the Suidoosterfees and also the Desmond Tutu Peace Prize ceremony.

He is a guest conductor of the Johannesburg Philharmonic and the KZN Philharmonic, and has conducted other orchestras in oratorios, opera and ballet, as well as cross-over concerts. Appearances with the Miagi Youth Orchestra Festival which he conducted in 2014 in Berlin and Amsterdam received wide critical acclaim. He has also conducted at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival. In 2012, Phillips received a prestigious award from the Western Cape Minister of Arts and Culture, Ivan Meyer, for “ outstanding achievements by the youth”. In 2017 he received another prestigious award, Skouerklop, at the Suidoosterfees. Phillips is supported by RMB Starlight Classics. He recently conducted the inaugural Rotary Concerto Festival with the CPYO. Phillips has also been invited to conduct the German National Youth Orchestra at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn in September.

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Introducing our Choir Conductor for PCFM 2020: Johan Swanepoel

Johan Swanepoel’s love for choral music started as a young boy at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School. He later started with organ lessons at the University of Potchefstroom while completing his BCom accounting degree. Afterwards he obtained his BMus degree at the University of Pretoria with organ as his main instrument under the guidance of Prof. Wim Viljoen. In 2019 he obtained his LRSM under the guidance of Grant Bräsler. Johan teaches music at Parklands College and is Organist and Choirmaster at St Michael’s Catholic Church in Rondebosch. He is an active arranger for vocal and instrumental groups and accompanist for different choirs in and around Cape Town.


Valentina Vorster
Lynne Donson
Kim Malan
Dean Flanagan
Lincoln Isaacs
Faan Malan
Stephan Galvin
Sound Engineer
Damian Philander


Featuring schools from around the Peninsula. Guest appearance by the Cape Philharmonic Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr Faan Malan.

For any additional information please contact our Head of Music: Ms Alexis Petro on apetro@parklands.co.za