The FOM 2016 AFS have been successfully finalised and lodged. We are now entirely up to date
Our Soirées - August (Miss Lucienne Renaudin Vary in recital with Francois du Toit) and October
(Christopher Duigan in recital) were very well appreciated by all who attended. However, tickets
were a challenge to sell. it might be that Capetonians are reluctant to hear an up and coming
artist, of whom they have never heard, playing an instrument that they are not familiar with. A
piano recital is a much easier sell! The Table Bay Hotel is a lovely setting, with a very large venue
for such functions.
The FOM GALA 2017 was presented with the CPO on Thursday 02 November in The City Hall.
Maestro Bernhard Gueller was on the podium and led the CPO in a glittering account of
Reznicek’s Overture to Donna Diana which was followed by internationally renowned cellist Zuill
Bailey playing, superbly, both the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No.1, Op.33 and Massenet’s
Meditation from Thaïs. The interval was followed by Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43 in
which the CPO excelled.
Despite Gala ticket prices being kept the same as 2016 the selling was tough going. We had
extensive and very professional help from Shirley Gueller in marketing the event where ever
possible. The exercise taught us the difficulty in reaching an audience in the new age of social
media , where there is no longer one central repository of “news” such as a daily paper. What the
right combination of artistic reputation, ticket price and instrument is, we have not completely
determined for our audiences. The orchestra has a similar challenge. We cannot afford to pay,
and the audience is not willing to support the cost of a world class artist, so we have to bring in up
and coming artists, with the difficulty of having to “sell” this person. We need the FOM audience
to trust the judgement of the CPO and ourselves that we will not let them down in terms of artistic
enjoyment even if the name is not a household one.
We sincerely hope that the 2018 AGM, soirees (more about this to follow on pages 2 and 3 of this
Newsletter) and Gala will be fully supported by FOM members! It is vitally important for FOM
members to recognise that we need to give back to the CPO to thank them for the extra 10%
subscriber discount benefit they give to FOM members. Our Section 18A application, submitted again in July 2017, was approved on 10 November 2017. This means that all donations in excess of R100 to FOM made after 10 November 2017 are tax
deductible in the hands of the donors – – provided the donors explicitly state that their donations
must be used for music education purposes only.
FOM will see to it that we sponsor, on your behalf:
1. Financially challenged Music students for their tuition fees and study costs;
2. The Franschhoek Mountain Chamber Music Festival which is an annual week’s music
education culminating in a chamber recital;
3. To fund students to attend master classes and performances at the Stellenbosch
International Chamber Music Festival;
4. To fund the music education of disadvantaged youngsters in Klawer and the
development of a youth orchestra in Bloekombos;
5. The Masidlale Music Education Project of the CPO;
6. The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Development and Education Programme
To give back, we are issuing a challenge to all FOM members to consider a monthly debit order
to FOM for music education. A contribution of R100/month will assist greatly. Imagine if 100
members contributed we would generate R120,000, half of what we were able to give to our
sponsored students this year. Please use surname/mus/educ as your debit order beneficiary
reference. We will issue you a tax certificate after end February for your previous year’s total debit
We will allocate the entire value of each donation to music education. All donors will be recognised on our website and in all of our programmes for soirees and the gala.
We are delighted to announce that The Rolf Nussbaum Foundation has once again supported
FOM and donated R200 000.00 to our fund raising efforts. We thank them sincerely for their
The FOM committee is preparing a funding request submission to the Community Chest for
consideration for 2018..
We will highly value any suggestions and introductions our members can make to other sources
of corporate funding.
We are incredibly excited to announce that FOM has received a very significant sponsorship from
Bowman’s Law who are generously funding 3 FOM soirees and our annual quiz in 2018 which will
be presented in their luxurious auditorium on the 11 th floor of their head office at 22 Bree Street,
Cape Town. Free secure parking is available in the building to all FOM soiree and quiz patrons. .Page | 3
Louis Heyneman, CPO CEO, has inspected the premises and approved of the acoustics for
recitals. We are now concluding the artists and programmes for 2018.
Bowman’s Law is also providing full Pro Bono legal services to FOM including the drawing up of all
performance contracts. We acknowledge their generosity with gratitude.
Our student funding obligations to the value of R250 000.00 for 2017 have all been honoured.
The FOM committee is delighted to announce it will sponsor the CPYO to the value of R150 000.00
for 2017. This sponsorship will include the sum of R52 000.00 to finance the restoration of musical
instruments for the Masidale Music Education Project.
Our current membership is 252 paid up members single and family. We are focussing on getting
this up to the levels of previous years;the economic recession is certainly being felt
Unfortunately, Guy Carter has resigned the role of Treasurer and Karinina Ingwersen has given
notice that she will resign as Secretary shortly. Dave van Reenen, who had stepped down as
Treasurer earlier this year has kindly stepped back into the role of temporary Treasurer. Shirley
Parkfelt has also given notice that she will be stepping down from the FOM Committee in
December 2017. So we are on a drive to find a new secretary and a new treasurer with the time
and knowledge to run FOM books – may we ask all FOM members for their assistance in helping
us to find these skills - perhaps a senior accounting student or a retired accountant please? It will
help us to take FOM to the next level.
Our 2018 draft budget was adopted at the December committee meeting.
We thank those members of FOM who supported us so graciously and generously during 2017
and we wish you all a peaceful rest, an enjoyable holiday season, a blessed and Happy
Christmas, Chanukah Sameach and a successful and Happy 2018.
Friends of Orchestral Music
The FOM 2016 AFS have been successfully finalised and lodged. We are now entirely up to date
with SARS. Read more
25 July 2017
So much has happened in the last 6 months. Read more
6 February 2017
I write to inform you about the Autumn Soirée of the Friends - Read more
16 November 2016
Much has happened since I last wrote to you and it has all been very positive! - Read more
3 November 2016
The FOM Gala Concert with Howard Shelley that takes place at the City Hall on Thursday, 3 November 2016 is fast approaching and I trust that you have already booked your tickets. - Read more
I am writing to tell you some excellent news! - Read more
I write to you on a matter of some importance to all members of the Friends. - Read more
As you will know, the FOM Gala Concert takes place at the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday 3 November 2016. - Read more
With winter fast approaching, the autumn classical music scene is also coming to a close and we will have the last concert in the CPO Autumn series this coming Thursday night - Read more
It has been a while since my last newsletter but that has been due entirely to personal circumstances - Read more
Let me first of all again wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope that 2016 has, thus far, treated you well - Read more
Friends Gala Concert 2015 - Read more
The year is slowly starting its inevitable winding down but we are still in for some wonderful music before we reach 2016 - Read more
Classical Top 100 List
View the full survey, results and comments here - Classical Top 100 List
A new pull-up banner for the Friends has been designed by Karenina Ingwersen, Acting Secretary of the Friends. It can be viewed here
With the exhilarating autumn season of the orchestra behind us - Read More
Much has happened since last I wrote to you, some good and some not so good- Read More
The first season of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has just ended - Read More
The New Year has started with a bang and we are almost into the second month of 2015. - read more
The end of an eventful year for the Friends of Orchestral Music is fast approaching. And what a year it has been!... read more
November (2) 2014
The Gala Concert that the Friends is presenting on Thursday, 4 December 2014 is now just less than two weeks away...read more
The second last month of the year has arrived and it feels like only yesterday that we greeted 2014 with the usual excitement...read more
Time passes quickly and before we know it the new symphony season is upon us. The programmes for the individual concerts are very exciting and I hope that you will be present in large numbers to support the orchestra...read more
This is my first newsletter as Chairman of the Friends and I look forward very much to continuing and expanding the valuable contribution the Friends and its members make towards the promotion of classical music in Cape Town and surrounds...read more
I am writing to give you the news that I have retired as Chairman of the Friends and am pleased to tell you that Derek Auret has taken over...read more
I hope the New Year has started well for all of you! There will be the usual rehearsal on Thursday and Francisca will be there to greet you, but please note that the rehearsal will not include the full programme...read more
16 November 2016
Much has happened since I last wrote to you and it has all been very positive! The Committee has been busy with several things, not least of which has been the changes in the status of FOM. After a very long and tedious process, FOM has finally been granted Non-Profit Organization status and has also been registered for tax purposes. Our thanks to our auditors Hobbs Sinclair for their excellent services in this regard and for the huge discount which we received from them. It is very much appreciated. Our grateful and sincere thanks also go to one of our staunchest supporters, Ben Rabinowitz, for the very generous financial contribution towards this exercise. It is because of such continued support that the Friends can continue with its main mission of helping to keep classical music alive and well in Cape Town. The next step in this exercise is now to approach SARS to obtain tax exemption, something that will again take some time to achieve. I am under no illusion that this will be easy since there are a number hoops through which we must jump but we will persist and hopefully can achieve this status as soon as possible. I thought that it might be useful if I attached the submission that we have submitted to SARS in support of our application. It is a concise summary of what FOM represents and what it does. You might wish to use this to generate interest from potential new members, not only to join FOM but also to contribute financially to its activities.
The Gala Concert that FOM presented at the City Hall this year with Maestro Howard Shelley was a magnificent success. I am sure that all who attended it will agree that it is a concert that will be remembered for a very long time. I attach two reviews that appeared in Die Burger and the Cape Times, respectively. Both reviewers are very generous in their praise for the programme and for the performance of Howard Shelley who was both conductor and soloist in the all-Mozart programme. The praise is certainly well-deserved! It was also a great honour to welcome the Mayor of Cape Town, Her Worship Patricia de Lille, to the Gala Concert as a guest of FOM. We trust that she will in future be a regular at the concerts of the CPO. FOM was very pleased to be able to announce that we will again this year grant the CPO an amount of R300 000. In this regard, I should thank each member of the Friends for your continued support. If one considers that our organisation consists only of some 500+ members, I think we can all be very proud of this achievement!
One of the FOM stalwarts, Ruth Allen, turns 90 this month and FOM dedicated the Gala Concert to her. Ruth has been an indefatigable supporter and promotor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra over many years. As she turns 90, we would like to pay tribute to her, and to recognise and to salute her unwavering enthusiasm for, dedication to and support of the Friends and the major contribution she has made to ensuring the development and continued well-being of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Chapeau, Ruth!
I should like to thank all members of the Friends who renewed their membership of the Friends by 4 November 2016 as per the request of Artscape Dial-a-Seat as set out in my newsletter of 31 August 2016. In that newsletter, I pointed out that Dial-a-Seat has decided to make several changes to booking procedures for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. These include that booking for a forthcoming season will no longer be differentiated between old and new subscribers in that old subscribers can no longer renew their seats before single seats and new subscriptions open for general sale. The system for all categories of subscriber opening on the same day was already implemented from the current Spring Season, with the understanding that the seats of old subscribers will be “frozen” for a period of three weeks after booking opens. The 2017 Summer Season will start much earlier than in past years and booking for that season will already open on 14 November 2016. Artscape Dial-A-Seat have indicated to us that they will require a list of all eligible FOM members by Monday, 7 November 2016 in order that the additional 10% discount per season ticket is available to FOM members. Thus, if members only start renewing in January 2017, there is no guarantee that their seats will be available since the three-week grace period will already have expired in December 2016. Dial-a-Seat requires at least a week to update their computer systems with the relevant information and cannot do so daily.
This in the past meant that FOM frequently has had to provide Dial-a-Seat with updated membership lists to ensure that members receive their benefits. The new requirement by Dial-a-Seat means that FOM should make a detailed list of eligible members available to Dial-a-Seat at an earlier date than has been the case up to now i.e. by 7 November 2016. I therefore should ask you to ensure that FOM renewals for 2017 please be finalised by Friday 4 November 2016. This will enable FOM to provide Dial-a-Seat with the appropriate data by Monday, 7 November 2016. Much as I regret this change it is clearly a once-off, transitional matter and FOM memberships will accordingly in future run from 1 November to 31 October. I should also mention that FOM will in future provide Dial-a-Seat with membership updates only monthly.
Please also consider that the FOM membership cards that were made available for 2016 have been designed for a 5-year period. A sticker will be affixed to the card once you have renewed your membership. Stickers will be available at the FOM table at the City Hall on concert nights. New cards will be re-issued against a payment of R25.00.
The next event to be hosted by FOM will be the annual soirée at Old Mutual House in March 2017. It is going to be a very exciting event with two of our foremost soloists Nina Schumann and Luis Magalhāes in a programme of music for two pianos. I shall keep you informed of details closer to the time. The date for the 2017 Gala Concert has also been finalised. It is Thursday, 2 November 2017 and the artist and programme will be announced as soon as the contractual formalities have been concluded.
I trust that you are enjoying the current Spring Season of the CPO and wish you happy listening.
Chairman: Friends of Orchestral Music (Cape Town)
“Music is the social act of communication amongst people, a gesture of friendship,
the strongest there is.” ̴ Malcom Arnold