The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra performed live again for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic has started. And they made this performance even more special by dedicating the concert to the frontline health work of South Africa
The Orchestra performed in front of Groote Schuur Hospital
The orchestra dedicated their performance to the health workers and recognised the work that they have done and still continue to do. Many spectators gathered around to watch the performance, and most of them were health workers.
All safety precautions were followed for the performance. All orchestra members were wearing masks and kept social distance during the outdoor concert in front of Groote Schuur Hospital.
The orchestra’s conductor, Brandon Phillips, said it was a touching moment for the orchestra to support frontline workers and to motivate them to “carry on saving the world and saving our people”.
Phillips explained that a slow piece played during the concert is normally dedicated to family or friends when they pass on.
“I put that piece in there to reminisce on what we are going through.”
The orchestra also played more uplifting pieces from The Lion King and Pirates of the Caribbean to lift people’s spirits.
Groote Schuur Health Workers appreciated the performance
Carmen Miller, an operational manager in the trauma unit at the hospital, explained how she appreciated the recognition of health workers through the concert.
“The health workers are taking lots of strain and it’s not easy for them, especially for those who have maybe lost a family member or friend … and even losing their patients. Sometimes it’s very difficult for them to continue,” said Miller.
She also mentioned how the concert gave the workers time to relax and enjoy themselves. “We were able to let our hair down and just relax and come and jive a little.”
Louis Heyneman, CEO and artistic director of the orchestra, said that the concert was the perfect opportunity to thank all health workers. “We see you, we hear you, we admire you, and we honour you. We have no idea the trauma health workers [are facing]. Without the hard work of health workers all over the world, we would’ve suffered so much more,” said Heyneman.