New Mthethwa National Orchestra R30m is madness, says CT Philharmonic Orchestra

Keamogetswe Mosepele

| John Maythem speaks to Louis Heyneman, CEO of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra about his concerns.

The Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture is said to have launched a 30 million rand project to establish a national philharmonic orchestra which is expected to be announced on Thursday.

Concerns have been raised by parliamentarians and the music industry, particularly given the recent R22 million flag project, which sparked public outrage in May.

John Maythem speaks to Louis Heyneman, CEO of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra about his concerns.

Heyneman says the project is an unnecessary duplication as they already have training programs that develop young players.

We can’t afford it and we don’t need it; I think it’s madness, Nathi Mthethwa’s personal madness.

Louis Heyneman, CEO – Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

He adds that players are not awarded on merit but placed randomly.

There are no auditions done, they just invite those who are on their list of musicians, they invite totally random musicians to come and play for this orchestra, it’s total duplication and a waste of money. ‘

Louis Heyneman, CEO – Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk: Mthethwa R30m’s new National Orchestra is madness, says CT Philharmonic Orchestra

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