The CT POPS business

Cape Town POPS is a forward thinking entertainment business driven by passion for music and the conviction

that the symphony orchestra will survive by offering mass market entertainment on the same scale and basis

as that staged by pop and rock concert promoters.


The CT POPS art

Cape Town POPS will present symphonic concerts that feature popular classical crossover singers and

instrumentalists performing familiar hits and favourite songs that have mainstream appeal, thereby ensuring

a commercially successful brand which is attractive to investment partners and concert goers alike. Alongside

this commercial imperative, the brand will simultaneously work towards preserving, promoting and popularizing

the great symphonic music works through free concerts to be staged in the community. Classical masterpieces

are world treasures on which price tags cannot be placed. These musical works of art should rightfully be

enjoyed by all. Cape Town POPS will present light classical music concerts to the community in the spirit in

which many of these great works of art were created - as gifts to the world.

Adapting the traditional symphony orchestra to the modern pop era;

Charles Darwin said that ‘it is not the strongest of

the species that survives, nor the most

intelligent that survives. It is the one most

adaptable to change.'


The Brand & the Business


The CT POPS strategy

The Cape Town POPS strategy is business-&-art. The brand will present commercial symphonic/classical

crossover concerts at average concert ticket prices to consumers with disposable income, and free classical

concerts to the community. This visionary approach to building the Cape Town POPS brand and making

symphony concerts popular is based on the fact that classical crossover music has great commercial torque

right now. Cape Town POPS will utilize some of the revenue generated by the commercial crossover concerts

to sponsor classical music concerts in the community enabling those who might otherwise never have the

opportunity, to listen to a symphony orchestra perform live.


The CT POPS unique positioning

The brand aims to become famous for out-of-the-box-thinking, remarkable public relations content and a brand

building story that positions Cape Town POPS in a place of authentic power, thereby distinguishing the Cape

Town POPS brand from anything else that has been done previously.


The CT POPS offer to potential partners

Cape Town POPS offers suitable musically inclined partners, patrons and sponsors an opportunity to align their

brands with concert events that are progressive in approach, timeless in essence and remarkable in execution

... plus an opportunity for co-branding an amazing community initiative. The value which The Cape Town POPS

strategy affords its partners is twofold. Not only does it give these partners valuable brand exposure to the

thousands of concert goers attending the Cape Town POPS classical crossover concerts, but it also creates

opportunities for partners to be associated with the development of classical music in communities where

symphonic classical music has previously been lacking.


The CT POPS launch concert

Cape Town POPS will be launched in 2012 with a spectacular concert at Grand Arena. The concert will

star the Cape Town POPS symphony orchestra plus a line-up of the best and sexiest classical crossover



Underwriting the CT POPS launch concert

Cape Town POPS is looking for a business partner to co-brand and underwrite the launch concert. The brand

offers potential partners a most attractive business proposition that will require minimal investment as the

amount to be underwritten will be based purely on hard costs of the commercial event. Cape Town POPS

management remuneration will comprise a proportion of the profit made from the concert. In addition to this,

brand managers will negotiate the lowest overhead costs and service rates for the launch concert - assuring

that the brand operates in the black from the word go.




Cape Town Pops – Potential partnerships with sponsors with Sponsors

Cape Town Pops is currently in discussions with record company EMI, regarding the staging of crossover concerts with a number of local artists aligned with EMI. In conjunction with other partners such as GrandWest Casino and the newly formed commercial radio station - of which Clive Ridgway (a member of Cape Town POPS management) is a director.  Cape Town Pops will be able to market and produce top class concerts showcasing top class artists at top class venues. In partnering with Cape Town Pops, its sponsors will be assured of an association which is characterized by remarkable musicians performing at a venue which is capable of accommodating the size of audience needed for a show such as this. Moreover, with our media sponsor being used as part of a dynamic advertising strategy, the marketing of such a concert will be more than adequately taken care of.

The mainstream appeal of Cape Town Pops’ classical crossover concerts will ensure a commercially successful brand which is attractive to investment partners and concert goers alike. What is particularly worth mentioning about the Cape Town Pops model is its object of preserving, promoting and popularizing great symphonic masterpieces through free concerts which are to be staged in various local communities who would otherwise not usually be exposed to symphonic performances. In this regard, Cape Town Pops will present commercial symphonic/classical crossover concerts at average concert ticket prices to consumers with disposable income, and free classical concerts to these communities. Cape Town Pops will use a portion of the revenue generated by the commercial crossover concerts to sponsor classical music concerts in the community, giving those who might otherwise never have had the opportunity, to listen to a symphonic orchestra performing live.

The Cape Town Pops team aims to be aligned with suitable partners who share their love for symphonic music, and who desire to align their brands with concert events that are progressive in approach, timeless in essence and remarkable in execution. In partnering with Cape Town Pops, not only will these partners’ brands be associated with these features, they will also be afforded an opportunity to be associated with the development of classical music in communities which have for so long been marginalised as far as access to live symphonic music is concerned.

Cape Town Pops would like to partner with sponsors to underwrite and co-brand its launch concert. This concert will showcase the 60 piece Cape Town Pops Symphony Orchestra along with a line-up of the best and sexiest classical crossover performers. Cape Town Pops requires minimal investment as the amount to be underwritten will be based purely on hard costs of the commercial event.

A further event to consider is the creation of an annual Classical Crossover Music Festival where a week will be devoted to exploring this genre in all its forms from small intimate concerts to a gala concert.  Inspiration for this idea is the The Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo (in English: Sanremo's Italian song festival).  This a popular Italian song contest, held annually in the city of Sanremo, in Italy, and consisting of a competition amongst previously unreleased songs. Usually referred to as Festival di Sanremo, or outside Italy as Sanremo Music Festival, it was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest.

The first edition of the Sanremo Music Festival, held between 29 and 31 January 1951, was broadcast by Rai Radio 1 and its only two participants were Nilla Pizzi and Achille Togliani. Starting from 1955 all the editions of the Festival have been broadcast live by the Italian TV station Rai 1.

From 1951 to 1976, the Festival took place in the CasinÚ di Sanremo, but starting from 1977, all the following editions were held in the Teatro Ariston, except 1990's one, held at the Nuovo Mercato dei Fiori.

Between 1953 and 1971, except in 1956, each song was sung twice by two different artists, each one using an individual orchestral arrangement, to illustrate the meaning of the festival as a composers' competition, not a singers' competition. During this era of the festival, it was custom that one version of the song was performed by a native Italian artist while the other version was performed by an international guest artist.

The festival has been used as the way of choosing the Italian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest from 1956 to 1966, in 1972, 1997 and 2011. It has also launched the careers of many very famous Italian singers, including Andrea Bocelli, Paola e Chiara, Giorgia, Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, and Gigliola Cinquetti. (Source: Wikipedia)

We believe that Cape Town is uniquely positioned to emulate the Sanremo Song Festival using the crossover genre building it into an event of international stature launching careers that otherwise might lie dormant, and showcasing new and established local talent alongside international stars backed by a full symphony orchestra.

We want to make classical music cool and NOT Elitist


 Who we are:


A small professional management team has been created to run the organization. No musicians will be in the employ of the organization, but will be contracted on an ad hoc basis as will the stage manager and other professional personnel needed from time to time.


Project Developer:

John Walton (ex KFM Symphonic Pops co-producer)

John Walton is a music educator, arranger, director and musical entrepreneur with a passion for all things musical honed through a life-long immersion in the world of music. John has extensive experience as a performer, composer, conductor, arranger, manager, out-of-the-box thinker and a proven track record with international experience. He currently heads the music department at the South African College High School where an exciting programme forges the musicians of tomorrow.


Project and Business Manager:

Nicholas Green (ex CTPO Trombone and IT Project Manager)

Nick graduated with a B.Mus degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1992 and joined the CAPAB Orchestra as principal trombonist in the same year.  He subsequently played both tenor and bass trombones in the Cape Town Philharmonic until 2000, and is now practicing as a freelance musician. He is a current member of the Solid Brass Quintet and performs regularly with various other brass, wind and jazz ensembles around Cape Town. His reputation as a trombone specialist also leads to invitations to perform with other orchestras and ensembles around South Africa, including an engagement in 2010 where he performed with members of the London Brass.  Besides his achievements in musical performance, Nick is actively involved in music education as a trombone teacher at various schools around Cape Town. He also provides specialist coaching for more experienced players who are interested in pursuing professional careers in music.  In 2004 Nick completed a Masters degree in Information Technology through UCT and has been working in the IT industry for the past 10 years, whilst maintaining a strong focus on his music career. In this time he has furthered the development of his business skills and is currently engaged as a project manager within the telecoms sector. Nick is a founder member of the Cape Town Pops and will be responsible for the planning and implementation of various music projects and other initiatives. His wealth of experience, both in the fields of music and project management, provide a strong background to ensure the delivery of exceptional music driven events.


Legal Manager:

Lucien Lewin

Lucien graduated with a B.Mus degree from the University of Cape Town (“UCT”) in 1999, with distinction in trombone and the degree. In 1998, he started playing both tenor and bass trombone with the then Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and held the position of Principal Bass Trombone with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 until 2005. During these years, Lucien was extensively involved in brass education at various schools in the Western Cape, including Diocesan College, Pinelands High School and Rustenburg Girls’ Primary School.  Lucien obtained his LLB degree from UCT in 2007, having been placed on the Dean’s Merit List for the duration of the degree. After graduating, he commenced his law career at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (“ENS”), where he completed articles and practised as a commercial litigation attorney. Lucien gained extensive experience in High Court and Magistrates’ Court litigation while at ENS, having acted for a variety of corporate and individual clients.

Lucien currently holds the position of Group Legal Manager and Company Secretary of Capespan Group Limited.


         BMus (General) (UCT)

         LLB (UCT)

         Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa

Booking and Artistic Manager:

Lucia Di Blasio-Scott

Italian born Lucia Di Blasio Scott started her performing career at the age of six in Sanremo (Italy). She has played extensively in Italy and France. She has been soloist with the F. Sfilio Chamber Orchestra and was one of the youngest to obtain a Music Degree from the G. Verdi Conservatoire in Turin, at age eighteen. She was overall winner of the Pegli String Competition in 1982 and finalist in the National String Competition in Biella in the same year. Lucia became Co-Principal of the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra in 1983. Seeking new horizons, she auditioned in Vienna for a position in the newly to be formed Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently moved to Durban in 1983 where she soon was promoted to Vice-Principal First Violin in the NPO.  Lucia has been in Cape Town since 1993. She has been a Principal in the CTSO as well as the Cape Town Pops. She is no longer involved with the Cape Town Orchestra, and is mainly dedicated to playing Chamber Music and teaching as Part-time Lecturer at UCT as well as Bishops and Springfield. She often organizes and leads ad-hoc groups of different size and style for various events (Symphonic Rock, Last Night of the Proms and the St Andrew’s Concert Series with Dr Barry Smith etc). Lucia is lead violinist with the Cape Town Pops Orchestra and the Michaelis Players as well as principal guest with the Baroque Series 4x2 organized by Prof. Shirley Gie. She also performs extensively with Palm Strings touching a wide variety of styles.

Commercial Music and Business Manager:

Clive Ridgway (ex RADIO KFM Director)

Clive Ridgway is an accomplished music and radio professional with more than 30 years experience in broadly related fields. He has a substantial track record as a songwriter, musician and music producer. His recording career started as part of the SARI nominated funk-rock group Dr Jive & the Bluenotes and continues to date with SA’s #1 country band Rocking Horse. More than 100 of his songs have been published and recorded by some of South Africa’s most successful recording artists including Jonathan Butler, Kurt Darren, Judith Sephuma, Dr Victor, Bev Scott-Brown, Lucas Maree, The Boyz, Crocodile Harris, Patricia Lewis, Leon Schuster, Clive Bruce and SA’s top selling artist of last year, Juanita Du Plessis.  Clive holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wits University, a post graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Town and a Business Management Diploma from Stellenbosch University Business School. He was Programme Director of Cape Town radio station Kfm94.5 taking it to the number one position with over 1,2 million listeners. Clive is an Associate Member of the South African Music Rights Organisation. He is the author of ‘Crack the Songwriting Code’ and founder of the Cape Town School of Songwriting.


Commercial Music and Technical Manager:

Andy Mac (All Access and Symphonic Rocks)


         In 1994, he started the first crew agency in South Africa to supply staff to the Live International Concert Touring industry. Initially known as “Crew U”, but now called “All Access Crew”, the company continues to be the industry leader in the supply & training of labour for the concert industry.. supplying sound, Lighting & AV stagehands, runners, drivers, follow spot operators, fork lift drivers etc to all major promoters and production houses in SA. With branches in all 3 of SA’s major cities (CT, DBN & JHB), the company continues to be the only choice for serious event organisors and has therefore handled every major international concert tour for almost 20yrs (as well as thousands of corporate events and smaller local tours).

         Having worked as Crew Boss or Production Assistant on just about every major stadium & arena concert tour to visit SA since the mid ‘90’s (U2 to Michael Jackson, Sting to Pavarotti), it was a natural progression to move into opening his own production company. AMP Productions was formed. AMP specialises in executing private or corporate events for blue chip companies or individuals and is also the live concert production house that produces & promotes the hugely successful annual Heineken Symphonic Rocks concerts.

         In 2003, Andy teamed up with friends Clinton & Neil to form the local original rock band – Flat Stanley. As lead singer and frontman in the group, Andy has enjoyed success both locally and abroad with the group who’ve toured alongside Counting Crows, Collective Soul, Foreigner and many other top international acts. The band was SAMA nominated in 2008 and after enjoying several top 10 singles on major national radio stations, the band signed a huge European record deal with a German based label. 2011 saw them spending most of the year in studio recording their new album with uber producer Brian O’Shea, and which is due out by the end of the first quarter of 2012. For legal reasons in Germany the band had to launch as MACSTANLEY, and so 2012 also sees them adopting this name in South Africa.

         Andy’s love of orchestral & rock music, and friendship with John Walton, lead him to decide to stage the inaugural Symphonic Rocks concert in CT in 2010. A full Symphony Orchestra joining SA’s top original artists, with a huge audio & visual set-up for one magical night. The concert was a huge success and now takes place annually in JHB & CT with artists such as Just Jinjer, Freshlyground, Arno Carstens, aKing, Locnville, Loyiso, MACSTANLEY, Zebra & Giraffe, Watershed, Louise Carver, Gang of Instrumentals and many others having had the opportunity to perform with the orchestra.

         Following the great success of Symphonic Rocks, and the good working relationship with the orchestra, Andy was invited to join the Cape Town Pops Orchestra team. He sees his role as one of assisting to try and find commercially viable opportunities for the orchestra and always maintaining the high technical production standards he has become accustomed to while working with the best in the world.





• The Gerry Bosman Music Library

• The Symphonic Pops Music Library

• The Rollo Scott Music Library (old SABC Light Music Library)

• The Colin Campbell Music Library

• Most standard repertoire orchestral scores available royalty free via the Internet (Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, etc…)

• The ability to create new scores quickly and cheaply


• Bernhard Gueller (Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax, NS and Principal Guest Conductor of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra from 2010)

• Richard Cock

• George Michie

• Gerhard De Jager

• John Walton


• Cape Town’s top professional orchestral musicians (many ex CTPO who are now either freelancing or in other industries)

• Students from the universities

• Amateur musicians who play to an extremely high standard

• Soloists who wish to perform with an orchestra (including “classical”, jazz, pop, rock, traditional, etc…) – both vocalists and instrumentalists

• A wide network of friends, colleagues and associates who share this vision

Resident Technical Advisors and Suppliers

• Andrew McPherson

• Gearhouse


• Grand Arena

• Cape Town International Convention Centre

• Cape Town City Hall

• Community Halls

• Commercially hired venues


• Percussion Instruments (supplied by Frank Mallows of Beau Soleil Music Centre)

• Music Stands (supplied by Frank Mallows of Beau Soleil Music Centre)

• Music Stand Lights (own)

• Stackable black plastic chairs (to be sourced)





CAPE TOWN POPS has successfully provided a top-notch orchestra for SYMPHONIC ROCKS held at Grand Arena on 21

August 2010.
The show was fully sold-out 10 days prior to the event and received rave reviews:

Mariana Malan - Kaapstad

Die gehoor was reg om bekeer te word – die een helfte tot rock, die ander tot klassieke musiek.En toe die charismatiese Ard Matthews van Just Jinjer in die Grand Arena in die GrandWest-casino wegval met “What He Means” se intense lirieke (If there is grace in this world, if there is light on this earth, let us use it, let us use it, starting right now), was die sowat 4 000 mense op hul voete, hande in die lug en amper reg om amen te sÍ.Saterdagaand is geskiedenis hier gemaak met die Symphonic Rocks-konsert. Flat Stanley, Just Jinjer, Watershed, aKING, Gang of Instrumentals en Louise Carver was, afsonderlik en in ’n uitstekende finale, op die verhoog.Die rockers was daar in hul jeans, die orkes in hul strikdasse. Hulle was ooglopend oorweldig deur die geleentheid om saam op te tree. Nie omdat dit ’n nuwe konsep is nie, maar omdat dit op hierdie skaal gebeur het en omdat Kapenaars vir ’n slag vooraf kaartjies gekoop het. En dat hulle reŽnweer getrotseer het om uit te gaan, in plaas daarvan om knus tuis te bly. Van diť soort konsert bestaan vele opnames van een of ander groot rocker wat saam met ’n simfonie- orkes optree, gewoonlik in die buitelug, waar die gehoor sů ver van die verhoog sit dat hulle met videobeelde tevrede moet wees. Diť keer het die videobeelde niks vervang nie, net gehelp om die serene gesigte van die violiste, die groot glimlagte van die tjelliste en die bolwange van diť op blaasinstrumente beter te wys. Andy Mac van Flat Stanley was sigbaar aangedaan om sy groot droom van ’n simfoniese rock-konsert te sien realiseer.John Walton, dirigent van die Kaapstadse Pops-orkes (soos dit Saterdag aan die gehoor bekend gestel is nadat daar onenigheid oor die vorige naam van die orkes, Kaapstadse Filharmoniese Orkes, was), was in sy element. Hy het nie net die orkes laat skitter nie, maar ook die verwerkings wat hy van die rockers se treffers gedoen het.Mac het gesÍ hy hoop die konsert gaan ’n jaarlikse instelling word sodat ander orkeste ook die kans kry om deel daarvan te wees.

- Die Burger - Matthews van Just Jinger (voor) en John Walton, dirigent van die Kaapstadse Pops- orkes, Saterdagaan in GrandWest. Foto: Jaco Marais



CAPE TOWN POPS provided the orchestra for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism. The orchestra was directed by Dr. Edwin M. Willmington who is Director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music, Brehm Center of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States. Dr. Willmington orchestrated the music that was played. The orchestra played music to accompany choirs and featured Djembe Drummers and worked in a top-end technical environment which was overseen by one of Disney’s top executives. The performances, held in the CTICC, took place on Sunday, October 17 and Sunday, October 24 2011.




Article By: Candace Whitehead

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 7:34

Seven of South Africa's leading artists backed by a 65-piece symphonic orchestra. Two-and-a-half hours of some of the biggest local hits across different genres. This is Symphonic Rocks.

The brainchild of Andy Mac (of Flat Stanley fame), this is the second year that Symphonic Rocks has been on the local stage. Last year it was billed as a "once-off" experience – but 2011 saw another massive show, and an expansion to Johannesburg.

CrashCarBurn, Arno Carstens, Loyiso, Tumi and the Volume, Macstanley (formerly Flat Stanley), Ard Matthews and Zebra & Giraffe – an impressive, eclectic line-up by any standards, and one that had me bouncing up and down in my chair with excitement. Awesome on paper, but how did it turn out? I bundled along a friend, found a colleague in the VIP area (sponsored by Heineken, how could we say no?) and readied myself for one of the biggest musical fusion events in South Africa's history.

The evening, hosted by Cassette rocker-turned-5fm-DJ Jon Savage, kicked off with CrashCarBurn rocking out three of their biggest most recent hits. I've seen the boys live a couple times – even when they were Tweak – and so I knew they were quality. They rocked – hard – but for the first two tracks their guitars overpowered the orchestra entirely. It was on their third track, the massive Twisted, that the orchestra shone with a beautifully arranged accompaniment to the chart-topping single. It was a massive, high-energy start to the show – and my colleague wondered how the other acts would match that.

After CrashCar there was scarcely time to breathe as frontman Garth Barnes ushered in local music icon Arno Carstens. He opened with safe bet Another Universe – but if anything was worth the trip out to GrandWest, it was his cover of Blue Eyes. Perfectly matched with the orchestra, his rendition was breathtaking and moving – and proved that he is still one of South Africa's best.

Next up was Loyiso, and after a relatively mellow set from Carstens Loyiso managed to get the room vibing. His allotted three songs were super-slick, and he had the crowd bumping to his hit Maybe. Even the conductor, the superb John Walton, seemed to be getting into the groove of things. Loyiso wrapped up his set, then called – or tried to call – the next act. However, it appeared that Tumi – frontman for Tumi and the Volume – was otherwise occupied. Savage took to the stage to proclaim loudly that Tumi was "having a poo" and got the crowd to form their "own symphonic rocks" – splitting the crowd into drums, symphony and "Nirvana". Cool! I've always wanted to be Nirvana! Tumi eventually appeared on stage – accompanied by guitarist Tiago (all drums on the night were performed by the house drummer). Can I tell you, I would have waited even longer for Tumi's set – it was by far the highlight of the show for me. I'd never seen them perform live, but their rendition of Asinamli was superbly high-energy and Tumi had some of the best stage presence of the night. He had the crowd chanting back at him "I can't decide if it's the money" in one of the slickest performances of the night. The first-half of the show was gone in a flash – and before we knew it, Savage had called for a 20-minute interval and it was off to the bar with us.

Opening up the second half was Andy Mac from Macstanley, who was visibly moved as he said his thank you's and explained how his labour of love – which took six years to come to fruition the first time round – has now expanded to a show in Jo'burg, too. He then launched into one of the finest vocal displays I've seen – ever – and not just at Symphonic Rocks. His set was perfectly controlled, perfectly emotional and perfectly scored – and his rendition of As I Am had the girls behind me (who seemed to be the biggest Macstanley/Flat Stanley fans in the world) in hysterics.

He introduced Ard Matthews who quite sheepishly asked the crowd "Have you forgiven me yet?" before saying softly and chuckling half to himself, "Mi scusi". Whether or not you've forgiven him, there's no denying that Ard is one of the biggest talents South Africa has produced – and boy, does he know it. He played up to the cameraman, flashing peace signs and working the stage like the seasoned pro he is. The arrangement of the iconic Just Jinjer track Shallow Waters was another of the night's biggest successes – it was goosebump-inducing material. He then made way for local favourites Zebra and Giraffe – who I wouldn't have closed the show with. They played a slick and impressive set and rocked – hard – but their instruments totally overpowered the orchestra and dumbed down the whole idea of Symphonic Rocks. I would have switched the acts around to end with Ard's Shallow Waters – which let the orchestra shine and would have provided a stirring end to the show.

The orchestral arrangement was nothing short of incredible. Conductor Walton also scored the entire programme – something he had been working on since April this year – and the orchestra was, as expected, polished to perfection. The lighting and background visuals were world class and the entire production, for the most part, ran smoothly.

Symphonic Rocks was, without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights of my year. It's a superb showcase of some of the biggest talents in South Africa. Johannesburg, prepare yourselves. You're in for one hell of a night.

Symphonic Rocks

Ard Matthews at Symphonic Rocks 2010












EMI Concert to launch SELIM KAGEE a new artist they have signed



CAPE TOWN POPS is establishing partnerships with the City of Cape Town, Grand Arena, The Cape Town International Convention Centre and other venues and promoters to stage:
Sunday Afternoon at City Hall and other Community Halls
Gospel concert, with a view to creating an annual festival where we attract well-known Gospel singers and artists to take part (including international exposure).
Showcase for local talent, where we use up-and-coming starts from the local communities and provide a forum to setup a talent competition with a theme “Cape Town’s got talent”.
Afrikaans rock-musiek konsert. We invite well-known Afrikaans artists to take part in a “Skouspel” type extravaganza.
Cape Town Schools concerto festival. We audition the top musicians from schools around Cape Town to audition for an opportunity to perform with the orchestra.
Strictly come dancing. An evening of dance music covering classical and modern dance forms, including tango, waltz, foxtrot, salsa etc. Setup a large dance floor in front of the orchestra to allow for audience participation...
Tribute to icons of Cape Town show music - Gerry Bosman and Taliep Pietersen. Invite some of the singers associated with show music in Cape Town.
The Rat Pack. Concert showcasing the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr.
Choir Festival (like the old Caltex festival that used to take place at the Good Hope Centre) featuring massed choirs with full symphony orchestra.
Revival of the Planets spectacular with audio-visual display.
African renaissance – featuring drumming groups and gumboot dancing in the style of “Lord of the Dance”. The best of African.
Guitar legends, featuring Jimmy Dludlu, Louis Mhlanga.
Big Band Blast! Featuring popular swing hits with symphonic jazz orchestra.





The Cape Town Pops cc (CTP) was established in 2009 to promote, support and nurture the needs of orchestral talent within the Western Cape. The CTP is actively involved in seeking local talent and providing a performance platform to enable such musicians to partake in orchestral concerts. The focus of the CTP is to build a sustainable business by complementing the existing orchestral concert programmes around Cape Town and beyond.

The CTP has at its disposal a wealth of music ranging from the original Gerry Bosman and SABC light classical library to original compositions and arrangements. This library provides a substantial resource to draw on and promote local music. New arrangements are being continually added to the collection in order to further enhance the public appeal with focus on popular programming.

The members of the CTP have many years of experience within the music industry, covering performance, education, composition, arranging and production of live orchestral concerts and are passionate about building a sustainable brand.


The CTP has already established itself as a formidable entity within the greater Cape Town area, through participation in a number of major productions that have been praised not only for the professional approach, but also the high quality of the end product. The CTP is extremely proud of the achievements to date, and especially of the following:


(1) Symphonic Rocks (Grand Arena, August 2010/2011)

The CTP was responsible for engaging a group of Cape Town’s finest musicians to constitute a full 65 piece orchestra backing for some of South Africa’s top rock bands. Further achievements for this show included the full scoring of all orchestrations, conducting, and musical coordination as well as collaboratively working with the production management team with project- planning and execution of the show. The concert was presented to a capacity crowd in excess of 5000 people. This concept is now being launched as an annual event with further exposure in other major cities around South Africa.


(2) Lausanne Conference on Global Evangelism (CTICC, October 2010)


The CTP supplied a 45 piece orchestra for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Lausanne conference, held at the Cape Town Convention Centre. The audience comprised 4000 delegates from all over the globe, resulting in incredible exposure and good publicity for the quality music capabilities and possibilities for further ventures with international organizations.



The CTP firmly believes that there is a need within the Cape Town concert-going fraternity to launch a series of Sunday afternoon orchestra concerts at the Cape Town City Hall. The original Cape Town Symphony Orchestra used to hold such concerts with light classical programming, and since the demise of this orchestra in 1996 there has been a substantial gap in the market.


The objective is to re-establish the market for regular Sunday afternoon concerts and create a sustainable brand to cater for the needs of the greater Cape Town audiences. The desired format would include three concerts per month comprising light classical repertoire, with the last Sunday being put aside to highlight specific areas of interest. Possible themes for the highlight concert include (but not limited to):

         Cape Flats Showcase

         An Evening of Jewish Music

         Tribute to Gerry Bosman

         Music from the Movies

         Afrikaans favourites

         Showcase for top music students

         Popular Classics

         Big Band Blast!



The focus of the Sunday concerts would be to showcase the talent of local orchestral musicians in a full symphonic arrangement of around 60 to 65 musicians. The preference would be to render concerts in an acoustic format with electronic assistance only when required by the addition of a rhythm section or vocalists.


The orchestra composition would be based on traditional symphonic setting covering full string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections. This would be extended to include a rhythm section as and when required (generally to include the addition of an electric guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drum kit).


Soloists would be used as and required by the concert programming, and this would provide a great opportunity for local talent to be showcased. This too would afford the top students from the Cape Town universities and schools a chance to perform with a symphony orchestra.


Target Audience

The target audience would not only include regular concert goers, but also be pitched to appeal to the wider public including those who may not have attended concerts before. The musical programming will include themed concerts to attract specific target groups, and grow an audience base. The exact nature of the themed concerts can be tailored to meet the needs of the community at large and expectations from the sponsors of programmes.



The CTP will be looking for interested parties wishing to assist with the under-writing of an initial series of concerts in order to establish the brand and promote awareness for long term success.


Due to the high calibre musicians that will be engaged for the concerts, it is envisaged that only a single rehearsal would be required, thereby reducing the costs by limiting the need for additional venue hire and musicians time.


The budget for a typical programme comprising a full 65 piece orchestra would be around R160k, with the breakdown as follows:




Venue Hire


Musicians fees


Instrument hire


Stand and light hire




Music rights


Promotion costs


Admin costs



R 160,000