Three renowned conductors will appear on the same platform for the first time at Artscape Theatre Centre and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s free Lunch Hour Concert on 4 September, at 1pm. Brandon Phillips, Xavier Cloete and Chad Hendricks, winners of the first three Len van Zyl Conductor’s Competition, will be taking audiences on a musical journey not to be forgotten.

They will conduct the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra alongside members of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in the Artscape Opera House, Chandelier Foyer.

So bring your lunch and enjoy a musical feast – free tea and coffee will also be provided.

Special guests include Heavenly Quartez in Nella Fantasia and An African Medley, as well as Lance Thuynsma, who will play the slow movement from the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. Other works to be performed include the Festive Overture by Shostakovich, the Egmont Overture by Beethoven and the Symphony no 2 by Sibelius concluding the show.

The Lunch Hour Concert forms part of Artscape’s commitment to its adjacent communities by showcasing the outstanding talent of our city’s performers, and creating fulfilling lunchtime experiences for our audiences. Equally, it presents an opportunity for the in-house based and associated companies (including Jazzart, Unmute, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Opera, Cape Town City Ballet and Zip Zap Circus) to market their works to diverse audiences. Be there early to ensure a comfortable seat and enjoy the best of the arts at Artscape Theatre Centre.

About Brandon Phillips:

Brandon Phillips is the current resident conductor and principal bassoon of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and music director of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Given his experience and talent, Phillips is regularly invited as an adjudicator and conductor for various competitions such as the ATKV, Artscape Youth, Unisa Winds and the Schock Singing competitions. In 2012, Phillips received a prestigious award from the Western Cape Minister of Arts and Culture, Ivan Meyer, for “outstanding achievements by the youth”.

About Xavier Cloete:

Xavier Cloete received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2011, where he specialised in bassoon and orchestral performance. Cloete is currently bassoon lecturer at Musicon at the University of Free State (UFS), lecturer of Orchestral Conducting at Odeion School of Music at UFS, resident conductor and artistic director of both the OSM Camarata Orchestra at UFS and Mangaung Symphony Orchestra.

About Chad Hendricks:

Chad Hendricks graduated with a B Mus from the University of Cape Town in 2015. Hendricks has conducted the Cape Town Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmonic Youth and the Cape Town Ghoema orchestras, and recently conducted the critically acclaimed production, “Madness: Songs of Hope and Despair” at the Baxter Theatre in February 2017. He is currently the resident conductor of the New Apostolic Church Cape Town Orchestra and the Cape Town Ghoema orchestra.