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A Century of Symphony by Louis Heyneman and Shirley de Kock Gueller, the Story of Cape Town's Orchestra

A Century of SymphonyJonathan Ball is proud to present the story of Cape Town’s Orchestra in A Century of Symphony by Louis Heyneman and Shirley de Kock Gueller:

As Africa’s oldest orchestra, and certainly its most versatile, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra is a proud part of the fabric of the Mother City.

Founded in 1914 as a municipally funded ensemble, the orchestra was privatised in 1986 and later merged with the former capab orchestra, achieving independence in 2000.

A Century of Symphony tells the story of Cape Town’s orchestras over the past 100 years. Bringing together reminiscences, anecdotes and heartfelt stories by players, conductors and audience members, images of the orchestra both past and present, and information gathered from city, newspaper and university archives, A Century of Symphony offers a timeless perspective on the place of orchestral music in the life of the city.

The challenges of running an orchestra in the 21st century are formidable, but the orchestra’s mission to deliver first-class music played by first-class musicians in a sustainable way has never been more apparent. Outreach and education efforts in disadvantaged communities point the way to the future. This is a story not only worth telling, but also worth preserving, for Cape Town’s orchestras have been the cultural jewel of the city for 100 years.

About the authors

Louis Heyneman obtained degrees in music and journalism at the University of Stellenbosch and furthered his postgraduate studies at the University of Missouri–Columbia in the US. After a career as a music journalist and a magazine editor, he became the Director of the Oude Meester Foundation for the Performing Arts. In 2000 he became the CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.

Shirley de Kock Gueller is strategic marketing consultant with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a widely published arts and travel writer, editor and public relations consultant. She was an assistant editor with Reader’s Digest and press liaison officer with the US Information Service. She holds a BA (Hons) in English and is a board member of the Cape Town Concert Series, Richard Wagner Society of South Africa and Scotia Chamber Players/Festival of Music in Halifax, Canada.

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