Paxton Fielies and Craig Lucas. Picture: Instagram

On Sunday, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be holding its Debut Gala Concert showcasing community talent, offering a chance for the brilliance of Cape Town’s youngsters to shine. 

The CPO recently embarked on this exciting new project to catapult local music stars from various disciplines into the spotlight. While many have made their mark in top competitions, singers, musicians and dancers will be making their debut with the mainstream orchestra in a popular programme that offers something for everybody. 

The line-up includes 2017 Idols winner Paxton Fielies, 2017 The Voice SA winner Craig Lucas, Kyle Shepherd, Heavenly Quartez, members of Zip Zap Circus, the Luke de Kock Dance Ensemble, Emilio February, four young violinists from the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Talitha Luiters and more. 

This celebration of talent will be conducted by Brandon Phillips. We caught up with Fielies just before she was about to go into rehearsals with the CPO earlier this week. In the months since she has scooped the title as the Idols SA winner, the 17-year-old from Bishop Lavis seems to have matured as a self-assured up-and-coming vocalist. 

For the concert, she’ll be singing her debut demo song and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and will team up with Craig Lucas to sing their hit number, Smother

The CPO Debut Gala Concert takes place at 6pm on Sunday at the Artscape Opera.Tickets cost between R90 and R190 and are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-ASeat, 021 421 7695.