The Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town has the privilege of working with some of the best conductors, orchestras, and soloists, and has inspired amateur singers and audiences for 50 years, combining musical excellence with creativity through its performances. The Choir contributes substantially to the musical culture of Cape Town, and often provides a platform from which young emerging soloists can launch their careers.
The Choir depends on the commitment of its approximately 130 talented singers, who come from all walks of life. We prepare up to four large performances a year, arrange smaller concerts, take part in volunteer and outreach events, and have recently released our first CD. What brings us together is a love of singing, and we wish to share our music with as many communities and people in Cape Town and beyond as possible.
However, much of what we do is costly. It costs a minimum of R200 000 to put on a single performance of a major choral work, including hiring the venue, the orchestra, and the soloists. Even smaller concerts are expensive, so we depend heavily on ticket sales, donations and sponsorships to meet our expenses.
Choir members themselves pay an annual membership fee to cover our basic running and rehearsal costs, but we depend on our supporters to help us maintain our financial independence and artistic freedom. Additional resources also help to ensure that the we are able to take part in community outreach projects and share our love of singing and music widely.