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Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble

Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble


The CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLE (CPYWE) was established in 2003 as part of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s (CPO) Youth Development and Education Programme (YDEP), involving more than 300 young people in the Western Cape.

Along with the Cape Youth Symphony Orchestra (CPYO), the Cape Town Philharmonic Music Academy (CPOMA) and the Masidlale Music Project, CPYWE was formed to (i) increase access to music education in poverty-stricken communities and (ii) shape the musical lives of talented youth.

This extraordinary group of young musicians inspire audiences with their excellent performances, many of them overcoming disadvantaged backgrounds.Over the years the CPYWE has established itself as a sought-after ensemble and one of the best of its kind in South Africa.

The 50 members, aged between 16 and 24, practise weekly in Cape Town. Many members have gone on to study music and are now professional musicians, playing in CPO and nationally.

The CPYWE has performed to great acclaim for its abilities, energy and verve in Cape Town and the Province. Regular concerts are held at venues such as the Cape Town City Hall, V&A Waterfront, Artscape, the Overberg and as far afield as the Northern Cape. It has performed at numerous festivals and has engaged in various collaborations with local schools, and the South African National Defence Force band.