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As patron of the MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA, an NPO advising and assisting people diagnosed with this debilitating, progressive, invariably fatal illness, I am asking you to please support the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE initiative UNTIL AUGUST 2024.

21 June is ALS/MND Global Awareness Day. On this date every year, people worldwide place the spotlight on MND/ALS, to raise awareness and funds for support groups helping patients, their families, and carers coping with motor neurone disease (MND), also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The MND ASSOCIATION OF SA (NPO No 155-413) is totally reliant on donations, bequests, and fundraising, which provides one-on-one patient support and contributes to ongoing research on treatments and therapies at the country’s leading universities and state hospitals.

The MNDA OF SA is a member of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations. A video (see link below) on the global ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE initiative has been provided to all its member associations to spread the word in their home country and urge all to ‘take up the challenge’ and ‘challenge family, friends and colleagues’!

For more information on the MNDA of SA visit www.mnda.org.za

To join the challenge:
Email: mndaofsa@global.co.za
Tel: 021 531 6130

PLEASE pass this information on to anyone you know – let’s try to improve the lives of thousands of people.

Thank you for joining me on this worthy drive ... and please share your videos and photographs of the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE!




The 3rd Aviva Pelham Operetta Competition

Tuesday 14 May 2024 at 19h00

Baxter Concert Hall


Operetta competition 2024


Our operetta programme will include wonderful music from the
Viennese, French and Zarzuela repertoire.

Be prepared to be transported by the stunning voices
of young Opera UCT singers.

See you at the Baxter on the 14th!

Aviva signature

TUESDAY 14 MAY 2024 at 19H00



It gives me the greatest pleasure to announce

Operetta winners 2024

What a wonderful evening we had!

The singers were superb and the performances
were of an incredibly high standard.

Each vocalist was judged according
to the criteria and style of operetta.

It was difficult to determine the winners
but after ardent deliberation,
we reached our decisions.

I simply can't wait for next year!

Aviva signature

Operetta competition 2024 Operetta competition 2024



Sunday 3 March 2024

Kirstenbosch Gardens


Kirstenbosch concert March 2024


Terry Fortune’s Golden Oldies concert is a celebration of living music legends over the age of 60. I’m thrilled to be joining the line-up and hope to see you there.

SUNDAY 03 MARCH | 17H15 - 19H00
Gates to the concert area open at 16h00.

This is a picnic-style concert, so bring a blanket and a picnic basket.

All Kirstenbosch concerts take place irrespective of rain. Regret no refunds.

Children under 6 years do not require a concert ticket for the Summer Sunset Concerts.

The Kirstenbosch concerts are completely non-smoking events. There are no designated smoking areas.


Morning Melodies – A Joyful Performance

With the theme of "Light" for year's MORNING MELODIES, the performances of the stunningly talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists were uplifting, inspirational and illuminating. It was a heartfelt, moving show that left the audience and ourselves in cheerful spirits!


Morning melodies

Morning melodies

Morning melodies

Morning melodies

Morning melodies

Morning melodies

Morning melodies



Wednesday 20 December 2023 @ 10h30

Baxter Theatre


Morning melodies


Please join me on Wednesday 20 December at the Baxter Theatre @ 10.30am for a joyful performance filled with superb artists!

Afro Classic, Jazz and Gospel group
Heavenly Quartez

Coloratura Soprano
Ying-Shan Tseng

Vivacious singer
Tyral-Lee Miggels

A moving performance by
the Dominican School for the Deaf

Rising star, violinist
Nicola Botha

Delightful dancers
Lila Numanglo, Anda Mthuli and Shannon Solomons

A sparkling way to start the holiday season.



Thursday 12 October 2023 @ 10h00 for 10h30

St Peter’s Anglican Church Hall, Park Ave, Camps Bay




For those who missed the launch of my book, I will be talking to the
UNIVERSITY OF THE 3RD AGE, ATLANTIC SEABOARD about the extraordinary colleagues, performance challenges and wonderful memories .... as well as a few behind-the-scenes stories ... from 50 years on stage!

I will personally sign your copy of the book for you.

A percentage of all sales goes to the Amy Foundation
for their ongoing empowerment programmes.



Saturday 7 October 2023 @ 19h00

Century City Conference Centre


Our African Dream


JOIN US FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE EVENING where dreams are nurtured and lives are transformed.

The Amy Foundation “OUR AFRICAN DREAM” Gala Dinner and Auction on October 7th, starting at 7pm, will be an evening of elegance and philanthropy hosted at the prestigious Century City Conference Centre and supported by Multi-Media.

I have had the unique opportunity of directing the exciting entertainment for 17 years, and this year will showcase a Brass Ensemble, Choir and dynamic Kwaito, Hip Hop and Traditional Dancers who will have you clapping and cheering with their energetic performances.

MC for the night is the motivational speaker, founder and chairman of MSM Training and Development, SHAKES DLUTU.

Singing Siblings LANA ENGLISH and VICTOR SILJEUR will captivate with the Classics and Memorable Musicals.

Be part of the excitement as we embark on a journey to empower young minds and uplift communities.

Enjoy a SUMPTUOUS THREE-COURSE DINNER, engage in LIVELY AUCTIONS featuring unique items, and CONNECT WITH LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE passionate about making a difference.

Reserve your tables and seats for an evening of inspiration and impact.
Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of AMY FOUNDATION's mission to turn dreams into reality.




Friday 1 September 2023 @ 19h30

Artscape Opera House


2023 Variety Gala


Every year the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra's Variety Gala plays to a capacity audience. Get your tickets now before it sells out. What a great pleasure it is to work with so many talented performers. If William and Kate were in town, they would get their people to contact our people to attend what is our very own Royalty Variety Performance!


Ryle De Morny, star of Netflix's Blood and Water, and a presenter on Top Billing, is Master of Ceremonies, with conductor Brandon Phillips once again on the podium. Trumpeter Mandisi Dyantyis, saxophonist Don Vino, guitarist Mauritz Lotz and a saxophone quartet from the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre join the orchestra, who will play an impressive and eclectic mix of music.

Cape Town Opera soloists Brittany Smith, Lukhanyo Moyake and Conroy Scott, with soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi and flautist Esihle Mthethwa, bring the classics to the stage. TikTok star Whitney April, who has racked up 216k followers and 2.2m likes, will sing her new single 'Fighters', while fellow vocalists Craig Lucas, Sasha-Lee Davids and Vernon Barnard will belt out favourite hits.

Afro-pop singer Zimbini Makwetu performs with Three Black Pearls and dancers from Jazzart. Oleksii and Michele, Golden Buzzer recipients on SA's Got Talent, will enthral with their strength and precision, and the divine Ms Wendy LaRosa will strut her stuff.

Expect surprises from me and Musical Director STEFAN LOMBERG ... Nessun Dorma on the guitar; 'Flight of the Bumblebee' played on the flute as the 'Bumblebee Boogie', and a lip-sync spectacular of 'Duetto buffo di due gatti' ('Humorous duet for two cats'). Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', sung in Afrikaans, will join Prince's 'Purple Rain'.


Rethinking Yiddish Theatre

16 July 2023

Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre


Rethinking Yiddish Theatre


NCJWA NSW Centenary Gala Dinner

1 July 2023

Sydney, Australia


NCJWA Centenary Gala Dinner


SoundsCape II

18 June 2023

Artscape Theatre Centre


SoundsCape II


From the piccolo to the tuba and everything in between, the 15- to 25-year-old members of the CPYWE will blow you away with this year's theme, Movie Mania.

Featuring songs and instrumental pieces from Beauty and the Beast, The A-Team, The Lion King, Fame, Aladdin, Chicago, James Bond, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Misérables, Chicago and Schindler's List.

SOUNDSCAPE 2023's guest artists are versatile singer Mary-Jane Zimri, singer-songwriter Emil Struwig, the performing arts students of Northlink College, Ballroom and Latin American dancers from Milton's Dance Studio and Nicci Botha, who is in the first violins of the UCT Symphony Orchestra and performs with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.


My Musical Odyssey at the Jewish Museum

4 June 2023

SAJM Auditorium, Gardens


MMO launch


Aviva Pelham Operetta Competition 2023

Tuesday 9 May 2023 at 19h00

Baxter Concert Hall


Operetta competition 2023


In a career spanning over 50 years, Aviva Pelham has enchanted her audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad. She remains a highly sought after singer, director, motivational speaker and lecturer.

In 2022, Aviva’s passion for young talent inspired her to initiate a competition to raise awareness amongst our young singers and reacquaint them with a repertoire that they may well be called on to perform as part of their international careers.

Aria Prizes
First - R10 000 | Second - R 6 000 | Third - R 3 000

Duet Prize
R10 000 shared by the duet partners

TUESDAY 9 MAY 2023 at 19H00


Launch of Aviva Pelham’s memoir, My Musical Odyssey

Sunday 19 March 2023 at 17h30 for 18h00

Artscape Chandelier Foyer


My musical odyssey launch 2023


A Life Filled With Music

Cape Town opera doyenne, Aviva Pelham announces
the launch of her book, ‘My Musical Odyssey’

Aviva Pelham’s dynamism and versatility have made her one of South Africa's most renowned and beloved opera singers. Born into a musical family in Zimbabwe, all of her family members sang, and the house was filled with music.

After debuting in the role of Norina in "Don Pasquale" in 1972, Aviva performed extensively on local and international stages, and was featured on television and radio. She has worked with numerous illustrious conductors, including Janos Furst, Piero Gamba, Hubert Sudant, Victor Yampolsky and Reinhard Schwarz.

Aviva successfully crossed the musical divide, embracing a vast range of musical styles and performing an exceptionally wide range of music. She dominated the opera stage as Violetta in La Traviata andRosina in The Barber of Seville, and was equally at home as Musetta in La bohème, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Gilda in Rigoletto, Norina in Don Pasquale, Marcellina in Fidelio, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Zerlinain Don Giovanni and Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, consistently receiving rave reviews.

In addition, this multi-award winner starred in numerous operettas, including Die Fledermaus, La belle Hélène, La Périchole, Night in Venice, Student Prince, Great Waltz, Mikado and The Merry Widow, as well as in countless musicals such as My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods and Kismet. Aviva notched up over two thousand performances, delighting audiences around the world.

Aviva has directed many fundraisers. Most recently she has worked extensively with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, directing their Community Galas since 2018. Her partnership with the CPO also includes directing SoundsCape with the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble, as well as performances by Heavenly Quartez, accompanied by the CPO in Khayelitsha, at Artscape and Oude Libertas. Aviva has worked tirelessly with the Amy Foundation, directing their annual Fundraising Gala for the last 16 years. She directed and hosted her 22nd Morning Melodies concert at the Baxter Theatre in December 2022, and narrated the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s 75th Anniversary concert at the Cape Town City Hall in the same month.

This proudly South African legend has gathered together the many memories, musical roles, collaborations and partnerships in her book, My Musical Odyssey, as a way to celebrate her extraordinary body of work at her milestone 75th birthday.



At last! After 3 years …. Morning Melodies is back!

Wednesday 14 December 2022 at 10h30

Baxter Theatre Concert Hall


Morning Melodies 2022


Please join me on Wednesday 14th December at 10.30am at the Baxter Theatre.

This is a wonderfully entertaining and uplifting programme, showcasing the talents of stunning singers Marvin Kernelle, Christine Bam, Selim Kagee, Charne Hugo and Ariella Barnett, and featuring dazzling 12-year-old Elena Monvoisin on oboe and violin, as well as the vibrant choir and dancers of the Amy Foundation.

The repertoire includes gems from Operettas and Musicals, Light Classics and Ballads. 

Hope to see you there for the last concert of 2022, ushering you into the Festive Season.

Bestest Wishes 

Baxter Theatre Concert Hall  
Wednesday 14 December 2022 at 10h30 


An evening with Gilbert & Sullivan

Sunday 4 December 2022 at 19h00

Cape Town City Hall


An evening with Gilbert & Sullivan


Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society on December 4th at the Cape Town City Hall.

Join G&S and the CPO in the place where G&S began in South Africa!

Narrated by Aviva Pelham and conducted by Alastair Cockburn, the programme is bursting with wonderful arias, duets and ensembles. The versatile Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany 14 soloists and a rousing choir.

Don’t miss this unique celebration.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

Cape Town City Hall  
Sunday 4 December 2022 at 19h00 


Amy Foundation Swing Time

Saturday 29 October 2022 at 19h00

Century City Conference Centre


Amy Foundation Swing Time


One of the organisations I have loved being involved with is the Amy Foundation. I am very excited to announce the date for their upcoming Annual Gala Dinner and Auction.

I have directed the entertainment for this event for the past sixteen years! This year the theme is Swing Time, so be ready to be inspired by the music and dance of the 1930s era featuring their wonderful and very talented Arts and Culture after-school programme learners.

The always funny Rob Van Vuuren is emcee and we look forward to being dazzled by the duo Plumsong and the vocal master Selim Kagee.
Century City Conference Centre is our venue host and sponsor with MultiMedia providing the much-needed AV for this fantastic event. Auctioneer Philip Powell will take us on a journey of giving and encourage you to bid and support the life-changing programmes that Amy Foundation runs.

Come and be inspired!
Looking forward to celebrating with you
Hope to see you there

Century City Conference Centre 
Saturday 29 October 2022 at 19h00 


The 2022 CPO Community Concert

The 2022 Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra


at Artscape on Saturday 16 July at 8pm
boasts a spectacular line-up!

CTPO Community Gala 2022



There is so much excitement around the Community Gala this year.

The One Who Sings, Zolani Mahola, who launched her solo career in 2019; performed at Kirstenbosch Gardens with multiple Grammy award-winning cellist Yo Yo Ma in 2020 and released her first solo single, "Remember Who You Are" in November of the same year, headlines.


Zolani Mahola


Resident Conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Brandon Phillips, takes up the baton to accompany the gathering of artists that include singers Anslin Gysman, finalist in season three of The Voice SA; Paxton Fielies, SA's youngest Idols winner; Zimbini Makweta, Lynelle Kenned, Sarah Theron and Corneil Muller. Earmarked for a great future, 14-year-old violinist Corban Beukes duets with Concertmaster and Artistic Director of the ECPO, David Bester, who also performs on his own. Young saxophonist Kagiso Ramosa adds a deep brass sound to the mix. 

Creating visual magic are Jazzart Dance Theatre and Unmute Dance Company. The trailblazing Zip Zap Circus School once again thrills with breathtaking acrobatics. MC for the evening is Katlego Maboe and Aviva Pelham directs this impressive ensemble of South African performers.


Brandon Phillips Anslin Gysman Sarah Theron Paxton Fielies Kagiso Ramosa David Bester


Music for Mark

Tuesday, 21 June is International Global Awareness Day for MND/ALS (Motor Neurone Disease / Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / Lou Gehrig's Disease) with the hope of raising awareness and much needed funds for new research, treatment, and ultimately, a cure. 

National Patron of MNDA South Africa and one of South Africa's most gifted and beloved artists, Aviva Pelham joins forces with Sipho Fubesi, Louise Howlett, Melikhaya Ndabeni and Sihle Mtitshana for an evening of Tango Broadway And Opera, in support of tango legend, Mark Hoeben, who was diagnosed with MND/ALS in December, 2020.

The singers will be joined by pianists Stefan Lombard and Albert Combrink, as well as tango dancers Rodney Ehrlich and Sally Candy; Wilhelm Liebenberg and Saskia Van Rijn; and James Kipling and Denise Anderson.


Music for Mark


Aviva Pelham Operetta Competition

10 May 2022 at 19h30

Baxter Concert Hall


Operetta competition


Aviva Pelham was frequently to be seen and heard on the operetta stages of Cape Town. This competition is to raise awareness amongst our young singers and promote a reacquaintance with a repertoire which they may well be called on to perform as part of their international careers. The music is glorious so come and join us at the Baxter on May 10th and enjoy the unique charm, elegance, and lilt that epitomise the wonderful world of Operetta.

TUESDAY 10 MAY 2022 at 19H30


5th Annual CTPO Community Spectacular

The 5th Annual Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra


streams from Thu 23 December 2021 to Sun 09 January 2022.

Community Spectacular 2021


It's a line-up worthy of Broadway!


PHELELANI NDAKROKRA flies over the audience and CAROL THORNS is the cellist in a bubble. DANCE CAN DANCE electrifies.

Conducted by BRANDON PHILLIPS . Musical Director AVIVA PELHAM

Peta Stewart - Weekend Special


Community Spectacular 2021 Community Spectacular 2021 Community Spectacular 2021 Community Spectacular 2021
Amy Foundation Gala Dinner 2021

4 December 2021

Century City Conference Centre


Amy Foundation Gala Dinner 2021



"I am thrilled to be directing this year’s Amy Foundation Gala again, after having to cancel last year due to COVID." - Aviva


Annual Freda Davis Channukah Concert

5 December 2021

Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre


Channukah Concert


Woven Destiny Concert "The Blueprint"

Sunday 26 September 2021

"The Blueprint"
Woven Destiny Concert
26 September 2021
7pm South African time
Livestreamed via the Jewish Report


Woven Destiny Concert 2021


𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕁𝕖𝕣𝕦𝕤𝕒𝕝𝕖𝕞 𝟚𝟘𝟚𝟙/𝟝𝟟𝟠𝟚 𝕎𝕠𝕧𝕖𝕟 𝔻𝕖𝕤𝕥𝕚𝕟𝕪'𝕤 𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕣𝕥 "The Blueprint" 26 September 2021 7pm South African time Livestreamed via the Jewish Report. To register email: wovendestinyconcert@gmail.com

Posted by Touching His Hem on Saturday, 4 September 2021



On August 8th, I spoke to Cape Town Opera’s Marketing Manager, Masixole Makwetu, in celebration of Women’s Month - and of course, opera. Catch our lively discussion below »

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Learning to Listen - on ZOOM

Sunday 11 April 2021


La Boheme poster

ANGELO has been my mentor, colleague and very special friend for well over 50 years and has directed me in countless productions. In this, the 21st session of LEARNING TO LISTEN, we will be reminiscing about the marvelous experiences, challenges and supreme joys of rehearsing and staging the glorious operas about which we are so passionate.


Marriage of Figaro

As Susanna and Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Aviva and Angelo

Angelo Gobbato in the title role of Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti, with me as Norina


Hosted by conductor and musical director, GRAHAM SCOTT, there will be time after the interview for you to ask questions.

I so look forward to seeing you on Zoom this Sunday to share music and memories.



ABSA Jewish Achiever Awards 2020

I am honoured to be nominated for an ABSA Jewish Achievers Award for 2020. After so many years on stage (and off) it feels wonderful to be acknowledged for the work that I’ve done.  Aviva

Jewish Achiever Awards



The M'Dala Trust Fundraising Raffle 2020



Strength, Support and Nobility


Ticket Cost - R100  |  Draw date - Friday 6 November 2020

Hi Everyone,

Do you know about The M'dala Trust?  It is a registered trust fund that was set up to assist Zimbabwean pensioners residing in the Western Cape who are in dire financial need.  As I am Zimbabwean-born and a patron of the Trust, this project is very close to my heart. Heart icon

The M'dala Trust is holding a raffle with some really fantastic prizes, so please consider supporting this wonderfully worthwhile cause.

Stay safe and strong.


Alzheimer's Awareness Month


September is ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS month.

Here is my tribute to every brave patient and their loyal carers.





SANTA'S STORY: Oudtshoorn

24 - 25 March 2020

Wesbank Primary School, Oudtshoorn


Santa's Story in Israel


KKNK NOT GOING AHEAD AS PLANNED In light of growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic (also known as the Corona virus), the management and board of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival have decided that this festival in Oudtshoorn will not continue as planned from 23 to 29 March 2020.

Click here to read the full statement.

“We are so disappointed not to be travelling to Oudtshoorn as planned. Thank you to the patrons who booked to see Santa’s Story.”  Aviva



14, 16, 18, 20 & 22 February 2020

Artscape Opera House

La Boheme poster



Impoverished but inspired, Puccini`s young Bohemians make art, quarrel, make up, break up, and make believe that there will always be another tomorrow - never imagining that their frail friend Mimi will not live to see the final days of summer. Matthew Wild`s innovative production, which premiered to widespread critical claim in Switzerland in 2018, comes to Cape Town in early 2020. Told as flashbacks of the elderly painter Marcello, the production movingly contrasts the impetuousness of youth with the regrets of old age.

“My fifth season at CTO kicks off with my own production of La bohème, which premiered at our co-producing partners Konzert Theater Bern in Switzerland in 2018.  An emotionally hard-hitting look at art, aging and the mistakes of youth, the production will showcase the Cape Town debut of Eva Marton Competition-winning tenor Galeano Salas, alongside returning South Africans Sarah-Jane Brandon, William Berger and Thesele Kemane, and features unexpected contributions from much-loved Cape Town singers Aviva Pelham and Brad
Cape Town Opera Artistic Director Matthew Wild.

Artscape Opera House
February 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22
2 hr 20min


Morning Melodies - VIVA THE ARTS

Wednesday 18 December 2019 at 10:30

Baxter Theatre Concert Hall

VIVA THE ARTS is AVIVA PELHAM's 2019 year-end Morning Melodies celebration, in which she will be showcasing an exciting range of performers:

The  UCT CHOIR FOR AFRICA is a diverse group of choristers, focusing on African Choral Music and folk songs. Their milestones include performances at the inauguration of former president Nelson Mandela in 1994, and for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her state visit to South Africa. They sang on BBC TV's My Favourite Hymns programme on which Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was interviewed.

ASILI - "The Originals" (Swahili)  is a Vocal Ensemble that presents a fusion of classical, opera, pop and jazz, deeply intertwined with traditional African choral undertones. Their mission is to create magical music moments that warm the hearts of audiences.

International tenor SIPHO FUBESI returns by demand.  Sipho is in South Africa after a residency at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Soprano CHARLOTTE MHLONGA received a nomination for Best Emerging Artist at the kykNET Fiesta Awards, and along with Bongani J Kubheka, was nominated in the Best Performance in Classical Music category for their production of  La Serva Padrona.

Bone crunching moves, artistic flavor and a real sense of dancing sums up Ricardo Koopman. His company RICARDO'S MODERN DANCE STUDIO specializing in teaching youngsters the art of expression through dance. Dancers from his studio, who consistently win awards, will appear on stage.

And in AVIVA's inimitable way, there will be a few wonderful surprises in store for you in a feast of music and dance, inspiration and joy.

Baxter Theatre Concert Hall
Wednesday 18 December 2019 at 10.30


CPO Community Spectacular

Sunday 20 October 2019 at 17:00

Artscape Opera

The next Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestral showcase, CPO Spectacular, is ready to roll, this time in collaboration with the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It's happening at Artscape Opera on Sunday, October 20, at 17:00.


CPO Community Spectacular


CLICK HERE to watch the symphonic celebration of local talent,
recorded live at Artscape Opera, Cape Town, October 2019.

You will be transported into a world of exciting music, light and spectacle, with music from the Beatles to Abba, Queen and more. As usual, the concert will offer a professional platform to a host of performers, including soprano Lynelle Kenned, saxophonist Don Vino, singer Jarrad Ricketts,Township Opera and members of the Zip Zap Circus. New to the CPO platform are dancing pair Oleksii and Michele, singing group Asili, crooners Tracey-Lee Oliver and Madeegha Anders. On the podium will be the CPO's resident conductor, Brandon Phillips; Aviva Pelham is the musical director and the master of ceremonies will be top comedian Alan Committie. Lighting design is by Faheem Bardien.

Louis Heyneman, CEO of the CPO, says that this concert, the fourth in a series that seeks to showcase young and emerging talent with a symphony orchestra, will repeat a winning pattern that the CPO has established over the last few years. "We have shown how young musicians from diverse musical backgrounds can create a stir in Cape Town's musical fraternity. We have shown that we can shift cultural goalposts from strictly symphony to multi-functional and reach a more inclusive audience and embrace all genres from rock and pop to opera, ballet and musicals. If you thought classically trained musicians can't rock, you were wrong," he says. "We welcome the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry for its commitment to introducing its members to the city's most comprehensive cultural asset."

Says Geoff Jacobs, President of the Chamber: "Philharmonic orchestras are an essential cultural asset to any city. The talent we have in Cape Town is exceptional, and we are immensely proud to be associated with an event of this calibre that will showcase what Cape Town can do technically and artistically".

Concertgoers can expect to hear symphonic versions of the most iconic songs from the past few decades, while Zip Zap jugglers and acrobats move to Rossini and Khatchaturian. Township Opera will sing Circle of Life and Back of the Moon, while Lynell Kenned and Jarrad Ricketts will bring you Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe's Barcelona. There's much more in the line-up which is bound to have you shouting for encores.

Artscape Opera
Sunday 20 October 2019 at 17.00
(please note starting time)



Sunday 6 October 2019

Christchurch Constantia


C'est Magnifique!



With a Little Help from my Friends

Wednesday 2 October 2019

Baxter Concert Hall

Three Superheroes Need a Little Help From Their Friends!


With a Little Help from my Friends


Aaron, Arizona & Joshua


Aaron Lipschitz, aged 4, is the only child in South Africa to be diagnosed with Interleukin-12 Receptor Defect.  It hasn't stopped his great big smile.

Four year old Arizona Hoy is fighting Stage-4 Neuroblastoma Cancer. It hasn't stopped her infectious joy and love of face paint!

Joshua Nel has Grade IV Pineoblastoma Brain Cancer.  As with everything in Josh's life, this high school student's mantra is "Go big or go home".

All Aaron, Arizona and Joshua need is a litle help from you.



Sunday 5 May 2019

Artscape Theatre




The Cape Town Youth Wind Ensemble and its conductor Faan Malan will present a rousing Programme of some of the most winning wind band originals and arrangements at the Artscape Theatre.

SoundsCape@Artscape is on Sunday, May 5, at 16:00

Swing along with the CPYWE to ABBA, John Williams, Gershwin, Freddie Mercury, Chick Corea and more! Soloists include Asili singers along with other instrumentalists on percussion, violin and guitar. As director, Aviva Pelham has bought her enthusiasm, connections, capabilities and skills.



25 - 28 March 2019

Air Force Centre, Herzliya


Santa's Story in Israel


CTPO & Heavenly Quartez with Lynelle Kenned

Sunday 3 March 2019

Oude Libertas Amphitheatre


CTPO & Heavenly Quartez


Following their packed-to-the-rafters 10th Anniversary Concert at Artscape in December of last year, Nkumbuzo Nkonyana,  Melikhaya (Melly) Ndabeni and Sihle Mtitshana are once again joined by tenor Sipho Fubesi and guest artist Lynelle Kenned in a concert under the stars at Oude Libertas Amphitheatre.
Heavenly Quartez sang at the resoundingly successful Cape Town Philharmonic's Debut Gala Concert - A Symphonic Platform for Community Brilliance in February of last year and held a celebratory concert in their home town of Khayelitsha in June.  Sipho Fubesi made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 in Parsifal. Other performances at the Royal Opera House include the world premiere of Heart of Darkness, ROH2 and Miss Fortune. Other productions include CandideLa Belle HélèneLa Clemenza di Tito, Carmen, Vanessa, Falstaff and The Yellow Sofa.  Soprano Lynelle Kenned is the star of Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa, West Side Story (for which she won Fleur du Cap and Naledi Awards) and Calling Me Home.

This fantastic line-up is under the masterful baton of Chad Hendricks, leading the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and is directed by Aviva Pelham.  

The concert is an eclectic, moving, entrancing mix of music, ranging from opera to the musicals, from Goema to African traditional, from a Golden Globe award-winning song to modern classics … and an astonishing orchestra 'solo'!

Oude Libertas Amphitheatre
Sunday 03 March 2019

Running time;  1hr45min including interval
Side Stalls:  R250 | Centre Stalls: R280


Community Gala - Celebrating Local Talent

Sunday 17 February 2019

Artscape Opera


Community Gala 2019


Following the success of the 2018 Debut Gala Concert, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has spread the talent-gathering net wider, bringing together more of the wealth of performers this city offers. The 2019 concert, under the direction of Brandon Phillips, takes place at Artscape Opera on Sunday February 17 @ 6pm and is supported by the City of Cape Town.
"Having heard about the major success of last year's event I am really looking forward to seeing what the Cape Town Philharmonic have put together for us this year. We have such a diversity of world class performers I definitely won't be missing it, and I hope to see the rest of Cape Town there too."  Dan Plato, Executive Mayor of Cape Town

After the unprecedented success of last year's debut concert, Louis Heyneman, CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic says, "We are looking forward to a repeat of the packed Artscape Opera House standing up and shouting for more, as they heard what a symphony orchestra can do to enhance the brilliance of these young artists." 

Performing with a symphony orchestra for the first time are Idols winners Yanga Sobetwa (17) and Thato Makape (23), who will sing solo as well as in duet. Other performers include the fabulous contemporary dance company Jazzart, the exciting Township Opera Company, singers Karin Kortje and Elizabeth du Toit, keyboard artist Camillo Lombard and saxophonist Don Vino. Amongst the young musicians performing will be the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's concertmaster, Jordan Brooks (15).   
The music director is Aviva Pelham, the master of ceremonies Alan Committie and the arrangements of some of the works are by Cape Town's Marvin Bourne.

ARTSCAPE OPERA | Sunday 17 February @ 6pm
Running time:1hour 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval


Morning Melodies

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Baxter Concert Hall



Join Aviva celebrating dazzling talent at MORNING MELODIES

Wednesday 19 December at 10.30am
Baxter Concert Hall

Programme includes:

Heavenly Quartez with Sipho Fubesi 
Playing With Fire featuring Matthew Reid and his wonderful band
Township Opera Company with 23 classically trained singers on stage
and more …



Sunday 25 November 2018

Gallery South, Muizenberg


Aviva Pelham @SouthAviva Pelham @South


The Boys Are Back ... (And This Time) In Town!

Sunday 2 December 2018

Artscape Theatre

I am delighted to be directing the second celebratory concert by the gifted Heavenly Quartez in December ... right in the centre of Cape Town, at a time that will allow you to enjoy Sunday lunch, and get home in the early evening after the show.

ARTSCAPE THEATRE | Sunday 02 December @ 4pm

Heavenly Quartez will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Chad Hendricks, and willbejoined by multi-award winning guest artist Lynelle Kenned, star of Blood Brothers, Orpheus in Africa, West Side Story and Calling Me Home.



Above, left to right: Nkumbuzo Nkonyana, Melikhaya (Melly) Ndabeni, Mawande Mxunyelwa and Sihle Mtitshana joined forces in 2008 whilst attending the Harry Gwala High School in Khayelitsha, combining their powerful operatic singing style with their youthful charm and unbounded love of music.

They haven't looked back since their first big public performance in 2009. Their scintillating voices, versatility and energetic stage presence keep audiences spellbound and wanting more. They have great crossover appeal as is evident from the diverse events at which they perform.  They sing about hope and their aim is to empower those in need of inspiration. That generosity of spirit lifted the roof when the group performed at the Cape Town Philharmonic's Debut Gala Concert - A Symphonic Platform for Community Brilliance in February of this year. 

There is a fantastic repertoire lined up, from Nessun Dorma from Puccini's 'Turandot' and Brindisi from Verdi's 'La Traviata', to Nella Fantasia by Morricone, and from the modern hits Circle of Life by Elton John and I Believe in You, recorded by Celine Dion and Il Divo to a Big Band Selection. And of course, what would an HQ Concert be without their acclaimed Multilingual Medley.

Heavenly Quartez will make you want to get up and sing with them!

Catch a sneak peak HERE of glorious music by  ...  

Heavenly Quartez
Heavenly Quartez is greatly indebted to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Artscape and the City of Cape Town for their support. 

Celebrate summer, holidays and our wonderful home-grown super talent on 02 December.  See you at the #HeavenlyQuartezAnniversaryConcert!

ARTSCAPE THEATRE | Sunday 02 December @ 4pm
Running time: 2hrs including a 20 min interval



Saturday 15 September 2018

Century City Conference Centre




Sunday 5 August 2018

Christ Church Constantia

This concert features soloists Aviva Pelham,  Beverley Chiat, Dragana Jevtovic, Caely Levy, Cantor Ivor Joffe, David Gordon and Richard Gore, with Victor Tichardt on piano as well as Matthew Reid on clarinet and saxophone.

This cast of experienced singers will delight you with their afternoon's programme which includes "Papirossen", "Shir Hashirim", "Rumania!", "Sheyn vi di L'vone", "Ikh Zing", "Mazel" , "Arum dem Feier" and "Abi Gesunt".



HEAVENLY QUARTEZ 10th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 30 June 2018

Salvation Church Makhaza


The gifted classical music singers Heavenly Quartez have been "hitting all the right notes" (News24.com) and begin their 10th Anniversary celebrations with a performance on Saturday 30 June at the Salvation ChurchMakhaza at 4pm. They will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Chad Hendricks.

Nkumbuzo NkonyanaMelikhaya NdabeniMawande Mxunyelwa and Sihle Mtitshana joined forces in 2008 whilst attending the Harry Gwala High School in Khayelitsha, combining their powerful operatic singing style with their youthful charm.  And they haven't looked back since their first big public performance in 2009. Their scintillating voices complement each other, creating stirring harmonies, while their versatility and energetic stage presence keeps the audience spellbound and wanting more. They have great crossover appeal as is evident from the diverse events at which they perform. Their repertoire is varied, ranging from opera to light classics and popular songs, a highlight of which is a multilingual medley featuring Afrikaans, English, Italian and Xhosa.

Heavenly Quartez performed at the Cape Town Philharmonic's Debut Gala Concert - A Symphonic Platform for Community Brilliance in February of this year - watch here.

What a thrill it has been to witness the growth of these 4 talented young singers. Having worked on several projects with them over the years, there is absolutely no doubt that this 10th Anniversary Concert in Khayalitsha, with the versatile Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, is the highlight! 




Sunday 25 February 2018

Symphonic Community Brilliance


Conductor:  Brandon Phillips
Directed by:  Aviva Pelham
Soloists :      Paxton Fielies, Craig Lucas, Heavenly Quartez, Kyle Shepherd

The CPO may be over 100 years old, but its young heart will be beating strongly at the Debut Gala on Sunday 25 February @ 6pm at the Artscape Opera House. This unique, ground-breaking performance showcases a who's who of young performers, most of whom have never played with the full symphonic sound of a live professional orchestra.

Headlined by The Voice winner Craig Lucas; Idols winner Paxton Fielies; Standard Bank award-winning Jazz pianist Kyle Shepherd and the Heavenly Quartez ensemble, who bring their Afro-classic music fused with Jazz and Gospel to the stage.

The concert also features young violinists from the CPO's Youth Orchestradancers; percussionist Emilio February; superb award-winning Soprano Janelle Visagie, recently seen on stage as Mother Abbess in The  Sound of Music; and recording and performing artist Jarred Rickets, winner of the 3rd Annual espYoung Legends 2018 competition.

This is a celebration of music, dance and song, from symphonic pop, jazz and rock to light classics featuring emerging South African stars!

Sunday 25 February @ 6pm
Running Time:  2 hours 30 minutes, including a 20 minute interval






Wednesday 13 December 2017
Baxter Concert Hall


Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall
Wednesday 13 December @ 10.30am

End your year with an imaginative, inspiring celebration. AVIVA PELHAM will dazzle the audience … and is sure to have a few surprises up her sleeve as she showcases exceptional young talent. Don't miss this spectacular gathering!


SANTA'S STORY: Melbourne








10 - 15 October 2017
Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay

"This rare theatrical gem will resonate with everyone who sees it." Artslink.co.za

 "A heart-warming story of life and love." The Citizen

 "This passionate story of survival against the odds, soars"  48 Hours

"Evocative … a celebration." Cape Town Magazine

"Aviva Pelham's performance is mesmerizing  … original and diverse … engaging and unique." Whatsonincapetown.com

"Compelling … a captivating and often humorous tale focusing on Santa Pelham, an ordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life." Daily Maverick

The critically acclaimed production of SANTA'S STORY plays at Theatre on the Bay for a short season before touring to Melbourne and Sydney.

A moving, one-woman show depicting Santa Pelham's journey of courage, hope and inspiration through discrimination and heart breaking losses, SANTA'S STORY is a triumph of the human spirit.  When 90 year old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story it was intended that her memoir would be there for future generations. But it became something more: a cathartic experience, an inspiration for song and now, a one-woman show performed by her daughter, Opera Diva, AVIVA PELHAM.

AVIVA brings the moving text to life detailing her mother's journey from Germany, to Spain, to France and then to Africa - punctuated by wonderful live Klezmer music. 3 superb musicians play 7 instruments with songs in Spanish, French, Hebrew, Yiddish and English: Musical Director MATTHEW REID is on clarinet and keyboard, with PETRI SALONEN on violin and NICKY JANSEN on keyboard, guitar, accordion and flute. The production is a theatrical gem and has played to sold out seasons with standing ovations at every performance in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Helsinki, London, Cologne and Huerth (Santa's birthplace). SANTA'S STORY was invited to be part of the First International Yiddish Folksbiene Festival in New York in 2015.

Although SANTA'S STORY is a personal one, it honours the millions of people who were murdered mercilessly in the Holocaust. It is a meaningful and unforgettable story of courage, hope, survival, inspiration and one very special woman. Originally directed by multi-award winning Janice Honeyman with designs by the acclaimed Mannie Manim and the late Dicky Longhurst, SANTA'S STORYwill be performed at Theatre on the Bay from 10th – 15th October 2017 before going on tour to Australia.

In a dazzling career spanning 45 years, AVIVA has enchanted audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad.


A Comedy of Us Jews

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Jewish Museum


| A Comedy Of Us Jews 8pm SOLD OUT || Additional Show added || 12 September at 6pm || Jewish Museum  ||  OUT OF THE SHADOWS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL |

A Comedy of us Jews


Written in Yiddish in 1940 by Jac Weinstein
A satire about a Jewish clothing merchant who 
FALLS IN LOVE  with a MANNEQUIN he has ordered from Paris.

Tuesday 12 September Jewish Museum, Hatfield Street, Cape Town 

8pm show - SOLD OUT 

Additional show added at 6pm 

The show forms part of the 'Out of the Shadows' International Festival (10 -17 Sept CT ). 

Following on after festivals in USA, UK, and Australia where all events were sold out,
 "Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish music and theatre" features star-studded local and international artists. 

Funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council's major project.

More About A Comedy of Us Jews »

The one-act play A Comedy of Us Jews (A komedye vegn undz idelakh) was written in Yiddish by Helsinki-born Jac Weinstein (1883–1976) in the autumn of 1940, during the a period of Interim Peace. Finland had signed peace agreement in Moscow after the so-called Winter War against the Soviet Union, but the country was preparing for further war. Weinstein's play satirizes Jewish clothing trade that had been struck severely by shortage of supply and heavy rationing.

A Comedy of Us Jews was performed by the Jewish Dramatic Society under Weinstein's own direction at the fancy Balder Hall, a well-esteemed venue in the centre of Helsinki. It is likely that this one-act play was part of longer revue with several couplet songs and shorter sketches, all tied together by punchy lines by the master of ceremonies. 

Most Jews in Helsinki were in the clothing business as merchants of readymade clothes. There were dozens of small clothing shops like Weinstein depicts in his play on the streets of Helsinki, often with the shop owner's name on facade. During the war the shortage of supplies made it difficult to run a business, shops were selling whatever they could get hold of and the rationing made the situation even worse. Even if there was something to sell the customers may not have had the right amount of points in the ration cards. The heavy concentration in one business sector put the Jewish community in an economically very vulnerable situation.

Though on the surface a light-hearted comedy, the play reminds the viewers of the occupation of Paris by the Nazis in summer 1940. In June 1941, half a year after the performances of A Comedy of Us Jews, Finland joined Nazi Germany in Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. During this so-called Continuation War which run until autumn 1944 Finnish Jews found themselves in a very peculiar situation fighting as brothers-in-arms with their worst enemies, the Nazis.

About the Cape Town cast »

Lead researcher: Dr Simo Muir (UK) 
Director: Aviva Pelham
Designer: Michael Mitchell
Stage Manager: Kieran McGregor, Assistant SM: Kei-ella Loewe
Translation from Yiddish: Simo Muir
Performers: Nicholas Ellenbogen, Michele Maxwell, Ronnie Chorn, Vanessa Brierley
Song arrangements and musical direction: Mathew Reid
Music: Saul Chaplin/Samuel Steinberg, Jean Lenoir, folk. Hans Krasa, Jac Weinstein, Carlos Saura
Musicians:  Nicky Jansen, Matthew Reid, Petri Salonen.

"Aviva is the doyenne of South African opera singers, a fabulous cabaret artist and great director and musician, a dear person, and my choice as director for "A Comedy of Us Jews". Dr Peter Martens – Stellenbosch University


Spring Ball

Saturday 2 September 2017
Century City Conference Centre



THE AMY FOUNDATION (formerly The Amy Biehl Foundation) SPRING BALL
Saturday 2 September from 7pm
Hosted by the Century City Conference Centre

Following the incredible success of last year's event, which raised in excess of R925 000 towards programmes that develop and empower youth in vulnerable communities, THE AMY FOUNDATION SPRING BALL 2017 is an evening that you definitely don't want to miss!

Not least because of the incredibly talented creative team behind the live show. Director AVIVA PELHAM, along with choreographers ROXY LEVY and PAUL JOHNSON, are working tirelessly with 140 AMY FOUNDATION children to create a sensational night of music and dance. From being welcomed by Marimaba players to the exuberant Kwaito, pounding Gumboot and rich Traditional dances on stage, it won't be long before you'll be up on your feet cheering. Leading SA comedian ALAN COMMITTIE serves as Emcee, and the much-loved all-female trio 3 TONS OF FUN will belt out tunes that may just have you dancing on the tables! 

Auctioneer JOEY BURKE will once again inspire guests to dig deep into their pockets to help raise essential funds. Fantastic packages, experiences and items - including a boutique European cruise courtesy of Uniworld (worth R80 000), game reserve breaks and various other getaways – will be auctioned to support this incredible cause. THE AMY FOUNDATION operates in six centers in the Western Cape, including Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Athlone and Bonteheuwel.  Programmes run Monday to Thursday and a light meal is offered daily to each child.

What better way to send a night. Having fun and making a difference to 2 000 youngsters every day!


Capturing Santa's Story

13 August 2017
Limmud Conference Cape Town



Memories & Melodies

Wednesday 17 May 2017
Bellville Civic Centre




Capturing Santa's Story

Sunday 27 November 2016
Cape Town Holocaust Centre


Capturing Santa's Story


A Night to Remember

4 October 2016
Artscape Opera House


Night to Remember


A one night ONLY Gala Concert bringing you unforgettable music performed by
Majozi, Vicky Sampson, CAPA, 3 Tons of Fun,  S.A. Navy Band, Dance For All, Brendan van Rhyn, Cape Welsh Choir, Zip Zap Circus, Janelle Visagie, Given Nkosi, New Apostolic Church Children`s Choir, Bovim Ballet, Amy Biehl Foundation
and many other stunning artists.

 as well as excerpts from District Six, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music and Carousel
is set to get you dancing in the aisles.

We`ll take you on a journey through six decades of music from Elvis and The Beatles,
to spectacular musicals and hits of today.

This fabulous concert is directed by Aviva Pelham and compèred by Nik Rabinowitz. 

Please join us to celebrate Red Cross War Memorial Children`s Hospital 60th birthday

and help raise funds for their music therapy programme.

Please support this wonderful cause

4th October at Artscape Opera House at 7.30pm

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended A NIGHT TO REMEMBER to raise funds for the Music Therapy project at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital .

Herewith an official thank you from Limile »



Thanks for your assistance in wanting to support the incredible healing power that the music therapy programme brings to so many little lives.

Deep appreciation



Night to Remember

Night to Remember

Night to Remember


Viva the Voices

26 October 2016
Bellville Civic Centre


Viva the Voices

Check the shows in which Aviva has been the Leading Lady and realize she is an amazing performer! She has dominated the performing industry for 40 years and is fluent in singing, acting, directing, producing, advising, coaching, and mentoring young talent etc. etc.

Bellville Civic Theatre in Voortrekker Road
26 October 10:30 a.m.


Memories & Melodies


Celebration Birthday Concert

30 October 2016
6 Spin Street Restaurant Gallery, Cape Town


Birthday concert


An unusual concert will take place on Sunday 30th October 2016 at 3 p.m. at 6 Spin Street Restaurant Gallery in Cape Town. It is to celebrate the recent 91st birthday of South African concert pianist Sylvia Schulman and will feature some of the artists with whom she has been associated in the past and with some of whom she is still performing. Well-known musicians are Aviva Pelham, Brad Liebl, Hilda Sandak-Lewin, Marcelle Volckaert , Peter Kramer and there are also surprise artists! As Sylvia herself is an agent for Kawai pianos, one of these superb instruments will be on loan from Ian Pemberton-Smith Pianos for the event.

The programme will feature beautiful solo songs and duets accompanied by Sylvia who will also play various piano solos.


FUAD into the FUTURE

27 February 2016


Fuad into the Future

FUAD into the FUTURE

is a benefit concert for well-known tenor Fuad (Frankie) Sawyer
who lost a leg to diabetes a year ago.

Directed by Aviva Pelham, Frankie will be joined onstage by thrilling tenors:

Nicola Cencherle, James Bhemjee, Ifriky Tadadjeu-Sokeng, Eugene Jephta.

Stunning Sopranos: Lana English, Rene Osbourne & Jean Halls
Flamenco specialist Saudiq Khan, a Malay choir
and a host of former Eaon Group singers.


Date: 27th February 2016
Venue: Joseph Stone Auditorium – cnr Klipfontein & Protea Rd, Athlone
Time: 7.30pm


Fuad into the future


Summer Celebration Concert

6 December 2015

Summer Celebration


Fabulous Fiesta Gala Dinner

10 October 2015
Grand West Casino


Fabulous Fiesta

Each year, Aviva directs the Amy Biehl Foundation Gala.

Why not support this amazing project  - changing children's lives together


Presenting Aviva - Morning Tea

29 July 2015


Presenting Aviva


Santa's Story - Durban

15 August 2015
The Playhouse Company, Loft Theatre, Durban


Santa's Story


Santa's Story - New York City

17 - 18 June 2015
SAFRA Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NYC


Santa's Story

Santa's Story NYC

Santa's Story in New York:

Diva, Aviva Pelham was invited to perform her one woman show, Santa's Story at the First International Folksbiene Yiddish Festival in New York on 17th and 18th June 2015. Once again the audience was blown away by the moving story of the life journey of Aviva's remarkable 97 year old mother, Santa and rose to their feet at the end.

Santa's Story has had 3 sold out seasons in Cape Town and has also been performed in Johannesburg, Helsinki, London, Hurth, Cologne and now, New York.


Santa's Story - Camps Bay, Cape Town

3 - 14 February 2015
Theatre on the Bay - Camps Bay, Cape Town


Santa's Story


Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner

1 November 2014


Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner


Santa's Story - Cologne

3 November 2014

Santa's Story


Perinatal Mental Health Project :: Circles of Support

16 August 2014


Circles of Support


Circles of Support Finale

Aviva Pelham and PNHP company in the finale of Circles of Support



Practicing with iGugu Le Kapa for CIRCLES of SUPPORT fundraiser


Peace Festival Cape Town

1 June 2014

I had the supreme privilege of being part of the Peace Festival in Cape Town recently. The event took place in the Company Gardens. With the sun streaming down on us and birds circling overhead, I sang The Prayer with a talented young tenor, Levy Sekgapane. Every member of the audience held a blue or white balloon. The entire programme was so moving.

Let's continue to support the initiatives of the International Youth Peace Group. By each of us always behaving with respect and love of our brothers and sisters and living life with forgiveness and joy in our hearts, we can change this violent world into one of peace and fulfilment.

Peace Festival


Igugu le Kapa - Launch Concert

Saturday 29th March 2014

Igugu le Kapa


Viva Opera

24 October 2013

Viva Opera


Santa's Story - JW3 London

Sunday 20th October 2013

Anne Frank Trust


A touching story of survival
Excerpt from 'Out and About' by Fiona Chisholm in the Constantiaberg Bulletin »

At the opening night of Cape Town City Ballet's (CTCB) Pas de Deux at Artscape on Thursday September 26, I saw opera diva Aviva Pelham, after a flying visit to the Finnish Embassy in Joburg.

Aviva is taking her sell-out one-woman show Santa's Story to the grand-sounding Finlandia Hall in Helsinki from Monday October 14 to Saturday October 19, followed by performances on October 21 and 22 in London. To get the required travel documents she had to shoot up to Joeys with her producer Greg Karvellas and two members of her band to have their fingerprints taken.

"Spending thousands on four air tickets bit a hole in my budget," said Aviva. "To my surprise, only seven of my fingers produced prints. I asked the official what would happen if none of them did? Would they use my toes? But he didn't think it funny ..."

Santa's Story, now attracting international interest after 40 local sold-out performances, is Aviva's moving portrayal of her mother's journey of courage and hope through discrimination and heart-breaking losses. It is a personal Holocaust story, fleshed out with songs in Yiddish, German, English, Hebrew and Spanish and performed to wonderful Klezmer music.

There is a certain irony that after all her running from persecution, Santa is experiencing some uncertainty about getting her visa for a "friendly" visit to the UK.

If her age doesn't count against her, she will make her London debut at the aged of 95 – joining Aviva at newly opened Jewish Community Centre in North Finchley to sing and dance together. Theirs is an act that always brings the audience to their feet in a standing ovation and ensures not a dry eye in the house.


Aviva Pelham with Viva the Voices

14 September 2013

Viva the Voices

Riaan Hunter, Goitsemang Lehobye and Levy Segkapane at
Skal's 60th Birthday celebration at Cape Sun Hotel on 14th September.


Birthday exhibition at Frank Joubert Art Centre

11 September 2013

Frank Joubert


Frank Joubert event


Family Symphonic Fun concert at Artscape

28th July 2013

Symphonic Fun

Aviva Pelham introducing all the instruments of the Cape Philharmonic Youth orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips, with the Dominican School for the Deaf (Wittebome) singing the Finale Song.


Family Symphonic Fun


67 minutes for Madiba

18th July 2013

Madiba Day

I had the thrill of teaching the Amy Biehl Foundation Choir a song about Madiba HE WALKED TO FREEDOM - which I had the privilege of singing to Madiba. Then the choir members were presented with Tshirts by Cynthia and Gavin Marsden hand painted by Herzlia Highlands little ones. What a wonderful experience for us all.


Aviva hosted "An Enchanted Evening of Opera"

A Fundraiser for the UCT Opera School on 5th June 2013 at the College of Music, Cape Town

Enchanted Evening of OperaEnchanted Evening of Opera

Dr Max Price, Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Kamal Khan,
Director of the UCT Opera School, Aviva and wonderful young singers.


Amy Biehl Foundation Choir singing Holy Ground

Amy Biehl Foundation Chir

I had the privilege of singing HOLY GROUND with the Amy Biehl Foundation Choir on May 12th at the Table of Unity on Table Mountain. What a special event -  in aid of raising funds and awareness of abuse against women and children. Spectacular setting and excellent food by gourmet chefs. Unmissable!


Santa's Story - Cape Town

15 May - 2 June 2013
Fugard Theatre - Cape Town

Santa's Story

The Fugard Studio is proud to present:

Opera Diva Aviva Pelham in
15 to 26 May 2013

When 90 year old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story it was intended so that her memoir would be there for future generations. But Santa's story became something more: a cathartic experience, an inspiration for song and now, a one-woman show performed by her daughter, Opera Diva, Aviva Pelham.

Aviva brings the moving text to life detailing her Mother's journey from Germany, to Spain, to France and then to Africa - punctuated by wonderful live Klesmer music.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Aviva has enchanted her audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad. She is a highly sought after singer, director and lecturer.

Born into an extremely musical family in Zimbabwe, her home was filled with music and every member of the family sang. In addition to Opera, Teaching and Performing qualifications, she obtained a Master's Degree from University of Cape Town. Since making her debut in the role of Norina from "Don Pasquale" she performed extensively on local and international stages, television and radio. She has worked with numerous illustrious conductors including Janos Furst, Piero Gamba, Hubert Sudant, Victor Yampolsky and Reinhard Schwarz.

Aviva has dominated the stage as Violetta in "La Traviata", Rosina in "Barber of Seville" and is equally at home as Musetta in "La Boheme", Susanna in "Marriage of Figaro", Gilda in "Rigoletto", Norina in "Don Pasquale", Marcellina in "Fidelio", Adina in "L'Elisir D'Amore", Zerlina in "Don Giovanni", and Oscar in "Un Ballo in Maschera"

In addition, she has starred in the leading roles in operettas including "Die Fledermaus", "La Belle Helene", "La Perichole", "Night in Venice", "Student Prince", "Great Waltz", "Merry Widow" as well as countless musicals such as "My Fair Lady", "Sound of Music", "The King & I", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Man of La Mancha", "Kiss Me Kate", "Into the Woods" and "Kismet" notching up over two thousand performances and delighting audiences all over the world.

During her illustrious career, Aviva has been recognised with many awards which include several Vita Awards, the Nederburg Opera Prize, the Fred Dalberg Award, The Bell'Arte Award and the Department of Arts and Culture Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to the Arts and the International Rotary Paul Harris Award.

Aviva lectures part-time at UCT Opera School and is passionate about diverse outreach projects and mentoring young talent.

Santa's Story will be directed by multi-award winning Janice Honeyman with designs by the acclaimed Mannie Manim and Dicky Longhurst who round up a heavy-weight artistic and creative team.

A Grand Evening of Singing

Friday 9 November 2012



Following last year's acclaimed concert under the direction of Brad Liebl, the Friends of Maynardville Theatre (FOMT) are delighted to invite you to this year's sparkling event:

A Grand Evening for Singing

on Friday 9 November 2012 at 18:00 for 18:30 until 20:00

Venue: Chisholm Recital Room, College of Music, Middle Campus, UCT

Join us for an evening of musical delights with talented performers:

Aviva Pelham is one of South Africa's most gifted and loved artists. She sings an exceptionally wide range of repertoire from opera, musicals, operetta, oratorio and cabaret. Aviva is passionate about outreach projects, lectures part time at UCT Opera School, directs widely and has recently starred in the sold-out season of Santa's Story at the Fugard Theatre. She is also passionate about Shakespeare and Maynardville!

Brad Liebl, summa cum laude from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and UCT Associate Professor of Classical Voice, has graced the stages of concert halls and opera houses throughout South Africa for almost two decades and returns to USA to sing on an almost annual basis.

Janel Speelman has appeared in the UCT Opera School's productions of "Cosi fan Tutte" and "La Bohème" and is currently completing her BMus Honours at UCT. She was a finalist in the Schock Foundation Chamber Music Competition in 2009 and 2010. She is an active member of ComArt, a non-profit community organisation in Elsies River, founded by Mr John Davids and Professor Virginia Davids, her voice teacher.

Lukhanyo Moyake has appeared in major productions for Cape Town Opera ("Der Rosenkavalier" and "Abduction from the Seraglio"). He is completing his Postgraduate Diploma in Opera and studies voice with Brad Liebl. In 2010 he was first-place winner in The Schock Foundation Voice Competition. Cape Town Opera and UCT Opera School have kindly released him to perform in the Maynardville benefit programme.

Victor Tichart, accompanist and well known concert pianist and teacher at the UCT School of Music.

Aviva on Aviva

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Aviva on Aviva


Santa's Story - Cape Town

29 August to 9 September 2012


Santa's Story

The Fugard Theatre is proud to present:

Opera Diva Aviva Pelham in
At the Fugard Studio Theatre
29 August to 9 September 2012.

When 90 year old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story it was intended so that her memoir would be there for future generations. But Santa's story became something more: a cathartic experience, an inspiration for song and now, a one-woman show performed by her daughter, Opera Diva, Aviva Pelham.

Aviva brings the moving text to life detailing her Mother's journey from Germany, to Spain, to France and then to Africa - punctuated by wonderful live Klesmer music.

In a career spanning almost 40 years, Aviva has enchanted her audiences, brightened stages and spread the love of song in South Africa and abroad. She is a highly sought after singer, director and lecturer.

Born into an extremely musical family in Zimbabwe, her home was filled with music and every member of the family sang. In addition to Opera, Teaching and Performing qualifications, she obtained a Master's Degree from University of Cape Town. Since making her debut in the role of Norina from "Don Pasquale" she performed extensively on local and international stages, television and radio. She has worked with numerous illustrious conductors including Janos Furst, Piero Gamba, Hubert Sudant, Victor Yampolsky and Reinhard Schwarz.

Aviva has dominated the stage as Violetta in "La Traviata", Rosina in "Barber of Seville" and is equally at home as Musetta in "La Boheme", Susanna in "Marriage of Figaro", Gilda in "Rigoletto", Norina in "Don Pasquale", Marcellina in "Fidelio", Adina in "L'Elisir D'Amore", Zerlina in "Don Giovanni", and Oscar in "Un Ballo in Maschera"

In addition, she has starred in the leading roles in operettas including "Die Fledermaus", "La Belle Helene", "La Perichole", "Night in Venice", "Student Prince", "Great Waltz", "Merry Widow" as well as countless musicals such as "My Fair Lady", "Sound of Music", "The King & I", "Fiddler on the Roof", "Man of La Mancha", "Kiss Me Kate", "Into the Woods" and "Kismet" notching up over two thousand performances and delighting audiences all over the world.

During her illustrious career, Aviva has been recognised with many awards which include several Vita Awards, the Nederburg Opera Prize, the Fred Dalberg Award, The Bell'Arte Award and the Department of Arts and Culture Merit Award for her outstanding contribution to the Arts and the International Rotary Paul Harris Award.

Aviva lectures part-time at UCT Opera School and is passionate about diverse outreach projects and mentoring young talent.

Santa's Story will be directed by multi-award winning Janice Honeyman with designs by the acclaimed Mannie Manim and Dicky Longhurst who round up a heavy-weight artistic and creative team.

Santa's Story - Johannesburg


Santa's Story


Morning Melodies

Christmas Party 2012

Delighted children at Child Welfare Hermanus with the Xmas presents they received from Aviva Pelham's hugely successful MORNING MELODIES at the Baxter Theatre


Charne Hugo Benefit Concert

Friday 6 July 2012


Charne Hugo Benefit ConcertCharne Hugo Benefit Concert


Silent Dreams

Sunday 3 June 2012


Silent Dreams

Internationally acclaimed South African singer Aviva Pelham, set in motion a fundraising project to support the relentless efforts of the Dominican School for Deaf Children to supply hearing aids to children who cannot afford to buy their own.

With a stellar cast of professional South African artists, 
Ms Pelham is directing a concert:

Silent Dreams which will take place
in the Cape Town City Hall on
Sunday, 3 June 2012 at 3pm

Because of her vision we are all giving
of our time, creativity, passion and talent to this project, free of charge.

We ask you to use your influence to:

Move friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances to buy tickets
and attend the Silent Dreams concert.

Silent Dreams

Background information

While the Dominican School for Deaf Children receives a government subsidy, it is not enough to support all the needs of the children. Fundraising is an ongoing activity at the school. The school has turned the downside of insufficient government funding into one of its strengths.

They demonstrate excellent governance and management of funds with a well-functioning governing body, an annual external audit, biennial audits by the  Western Cape Education Department, a well functioning finance committee and a full-time accounts clerk who reports directly to the school principal. This gives peace of mind to any prospective donor, because funds raised will be used appropriately. The school children come from all over South Africa. Since many of the children come from far away, they live in the school hostel. The children start their schooling before they are five years old. Most of them come from extremely impoverished homes where the idea of spending R5 000. plus on a hearing aid is an unachievable dream.

Please give Silent Dreams your compassionate consideration and join  Aviva Pelham, baritone Barend Coetzee, organist Johan Woodland, mime artist Sjaka Septembir, creative director of one of South Africa's leading magazine titles, Robin Verhoog, Solva Burger and others in their volunteer service to make this benefit concert a success.

Give of your time and money, attend the concert and move others to do so too! 

Viva Funtasia

Tues 28 & Wed 29 February 2012


Viva Funtasia



Opera in a Convent Garden

Sunday 5 February 2012

Opera in a Convent Garden


Cast on the bridge

Aviva with the singers for 'Opera in a Convent Garden' - 5th February at 5.00pm


Cast of Opera in a Convent Garden

Cast of 'Opera in a Convent Garden'


Morning Melodies
Morning Melodies Christmas Party

Delighted township children receiving presents from Aviva Pelham's MORNING MELODIES



Saturday 14 December 2011



Amy Biehl Foundation: Music Alive

Saturday 19 November 2011

Amy Biehl Music Alive



Journey of Life

4 December 2011


To celebrate this Festive Season, Orion organisation (Therapeutic and Training Centre for People with Disabilities) will be hosting a Concert at the AGS Church in Goodwood on Sunday, 4 December 2011.

Time: 18h00 (sharp) until 19h30

Aviva Pelham & Riaan Hunter will be taking you through the Journey of Life" with other well-known artists: Friedel Mitas, Conroy Scott, Charne Hugo, Priscilla Cloete & Wilge Children, Unique; The Ingoma Music Ministries, the Zion Kids; Nue-light Productions (Priscilla, Riana, Kimbo & Elton). The Guest Speaker at this occasion is Nicky Abdinor (clinical psychologist born without arms & Ambassador of Orion's Art Project)

Adults  are invited to bring along an offering (towards Orion's Xmas party) and children a used toy (wrapped) for a child at Orion.


Orion - Journey of Life




A children's opera by Hans Krasá



From the 18-21 July, coinciding with Nelson Mandela International Day, Artscape, Cape Town Opera and Magnet Theatre will present a double bill: the Brundibár opera, and a play, "The Children and the Bees", specially written for The Brundibár Project.

During the Holocaust, Hans Krasá’s childrens opera was performed 55 times in the Nazi ghetto ,Terezín, before its composer and many of the children in the cast were transported to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.


Now, 68 years later, this new production initiated by the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, is directed by Aviva Pelham and designed by Michael Mitchell. Since the 1970’s, Brundibár has been performed in hundreds of cities around the world, often in conjunction with educational programmes about the Holocaust and Human Rights. Performed as a double bill with a new play by Magnet Theatre, the two give new life to Brundibar’s universal message.



Performed for the first time in South Africa, Brundibár tells the tale of a poor  family whose children seek money to buy milk for their sick mother, only to  have their quest thwarted by an evil organ grinder named Brundibár. With the help of three intelligent animals, the children defeat the unjust bully and return home in triumph.

The childen’s cast performing the opera will be directed by renowned opera singer Aviva Pelham and choreographed by Roxy Levy, with set & costume  design by Michael Mitchell

ComposerHans Krasá
LibrettoAdolf Hoffmeister with English translation by Joža Karas
DirectorAviva Pelham
ConductorAlexander Fokkens and Warren Patentia
ChoreographyRoxy Levy
Set and costume designMichael Mitchell
Chorus MasterLinda Claasen



The acclaimed Magnet Theatre will perform the complementary play under the  direction of Mark Fleishman, assisted by Frances Marek, Faniswa Yisa and Alex Halligey. Staff, trainees and the children’s cast will use South African storytelling tradition to explore the themes of displacement, migration and refugees.

Playwright: Mark Fleishman, Frances Marek, Faniswa Yisa, Alex Halligey, Magnet trainees and cast
Director: Mark Fleishman assisted by Frances Marek, Faniswa Yisa, Alex Halligey

The performances form part of Cape Town Opera’s 2011 Educational and Community Outreach programme and Artscape’s Audience Development and Education Programme.

School workshops and a significant exhibition of children's writing and artworks will run concurrently with the performances.

The Cat from the original Brundibár cast

Pre-performance Talk Tuesday 19 July Artscape

24 July at Cape Town Holocaust Centre
Booking essential 021 462 5553

Aviva Pelham  will give a preformance talk on Brundibár on 21st July at 6.15pm in the ORR at Artscape with Michael Mitchell (designer) and directors of the Magnet production Children and the Bees


Nelson Mandela Day


Brundibar set
Brundibar costume
A model of the Brundibár Opera set and costume design by Cape Town Opera’s designer, Michael Mitchell


Brundibar Project


comes to ARTSCAPE!



The Brundibár Project incorporates a wonderful programme for learners to explore through music, drama and art, themes linked to Languages, Social Sciences, Life Orientation, Arts and Culture, and History, and is endorsed by the Arts & Culture Department of the WCED.

From 18 - 21 July 2011, children from Cape Town will be performing at the Artscape Theatre in Brundibár, the children’s opera, as well as a play written specially for young people.  Both the opera and play deal with the issue of human rights and overcoming hardship.

The opera, Brundibár, is about a brother and sister who must make a plan to save their sick mother. They are helped by three clever animals to chase away a nasty bully named Brundibár.

From 14 - 24 July, in the Artscape foyer, an exhibition of children’s artworks developed by learners from Ibhabhathane and the Frank Joubert Art Centre will be displayed, alongside a special exhibition on loan from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Jewish Museum in Prague and Památník Terezín, of the art and writing of children from the Nazi ghetto, Terezin.

Each day during the week (18-21 July), there will be facilitated, interactive workshops for learners in Grades 6-11 (maximum 80 children) in the Theatre Foyer from 10am – 2pm. The broad theme of the workshops is Human Rights. The workshops support the National Curriculum in a variety of subjects. During the workshop, the learners will examine the history of the Brundibár Opera during the Holocaust, engage with the art exhibition, and explore human rights through art and creative writing exercises.

The Brundibár Project is a partnership between the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Artscape, Cape Town Opera, Magnet Theatre, Frank Joubert Art Centre and various individuals involved in the arts, and is supported by the Arts and Culture Department of the WCED

Visit our website: www.thebrundibarproject.co.za


PDF   Brundibár Chronicle     From the Cape Town Holocaust Centre


WHAT THE PRESS HAD TO SAY ...          click on the small images to read more »









Friends of Maynardville Theatre

Friday 21 October 2011



Singing of Pelham 1,2,3


Singing of Pelham 123



4 Aug 2011


Book tickets



FREE Lunch Box Concerts with Cape Town Opera


CTO lunchbox concert


CTO lunchbox concert


Poetry in Motion with Cape Town City Ballet


Poetry in Motion


Audition for BRUNDIBÁR - A Children's Opera by Hans Krása
Tuesday 12 April from 3pm - 5pm
Artscape Theatre Centre -  Room 301
(entrance through stage door)
For children between the ages of 7 and 16
Also looking for boys between the ages of 10 & 14 years


Under the direction of renowned opera star, Aviva Pelham, Brundibár, the children’s opera, written specially to be performed by children, is going to be staged at the Artscape Theatre from 18 - 21 July 2011.

Children from the ages of 7 to 16 years who are interested in being part of this wonderful event are welcome to audition. The auditions will be held in Room 301, Artscape Theatre Centre on Tuesday 12 Aprilfrom 3pm to 5pm.

If you are chosen to be part of the opera, you will have to be free for Music Rehearsals every Tuesday afternoon starting from 26 April 2011 from 3.30pm to 5pm; Production Rehearsals 28 June to 17 July; Performances 18 to 21 July in the Artscape Theatre (evenings at 7pm and one 3pm matinee) as well as Schools’ performances 25 to 29th July 2011.

You will need written consent from a parent or guardian to be part of the opera and to attend rehearsals and performances.

Brundibár is the tale of two children who seek money to buy milk for their sick mother. Their quest is thwarted by an evil organ grinder named Brundibár, but with the help of three intelligent animals, the children defeat the unjust bully and return home in triumph.

The Brundibár Project is a collaboration between the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Cape Town Opera, Artscape, Magnet Theatre, the Frank Joubert Art Centre, Ibhabhathane and members of the South African Arts Community and encompasses the staging of the opera Brundibár and a specially devised play. The Project draws its inspiration from the story and the performances at the Nazi ghetto/camp, Terezín (1943).


ORT Azey! The Yiddish Song Festival

16 March 2011

Gold Reef City, Johannesburg


Yiddish Song Festival


Viva l'Amore!

January 2011


Viva l'Amore


Orion Gala Dinner

13 November 2010
Southern Sun, Cape Town


Orion Gala Dinner


Gold of Africa Annual Gala Dinner

20 November 2010: 19h00 for 19h30
Cape Sun


Gold of Africa Gala Dinner


Gold of Africa Gala Dinner

Aviva singing "There can be Miracles" with Sibongile Mngoma and the ABF choir
at the Amy Biehl Foundation Gala Dinner.



25 August 2010:  19h30




Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award

14 Aug 2010: 15h00 to 17h30


Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award


Dance for all

1 August 2010 - 19h00

Artscape Theatre



Dance for all



Celebrate 70

31 May 2010




YOM YERUSHALAYIM with 'Mabazo' choir 

12 May 2010 - Cape Town


Mabazo Choir


Feast of Song

Dinner and music at the Foodbarn
1 May 2010

The Foodbarn
The Foodbarn in Noordhoek was very excited to host Aviva Pelham together with some of the wonderful local talent she is currently mentoring, for an evening of Feast and Song. All proceeds from the evening was donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association of South Africa.




Midsummer Melodies

Sunday 14 February 2010


Midsummer Melodies


The Magic of Music

23 & 24 February 2010


The Magic of Music


The Amy Biehl Foundation Fundraising Gala Event

CTICC: 7th November 2009 @ 19h00


Amy Biehl Foundation Event


Nicky Celebrating 70!

Italian Club, Rugby: 8th November 2009 @ 16h00


A birthday concert in honour of Nicola Cencherle, tenor


A Journey Through Life in Song

with Violina Anguelov, James Bhemjee, Beverley Chiat, Virginia Davids, Philip de Vos, Angelo Gobbato, Sidwill Hartman, Uliano Marchio, Marc Murray, Virginia Oosthuizen, Matthew Overmeyer, Aviva Pelham, Sally Presant, Fuad Sawyer, Shirley Sutherland,
De Wet van Rooyen and Victor Tichardt

Date: Sunday 8th November

Time: 4 p.m.

Venue: Italian Club, 16 Donegal Street, Rugby


Happy 75th Birthday Ballet


Happy 75th Birthday Ballet


Broadway Magic

Broadway Magic


Broadway Magic

A standing ovation on opening night met the magical Broadway Magic.

The groups of soloists from Broadway Magic whose efforts this weekend assisted those of the Rotary Club of Newlands in supporting the arts.  Audiences were treated to hit songs from a range of Broadway musicals and the stylish and energetic performance earned standing ovations.  The musicians, all professionals, and well known for their performances in various musical genres, gave their time and considerable skill at no cost to the production.  Funds raised from the performances will go to the S A College of Music’s Jazz Department, Cape Town Opera and Artscape’s Audience Development. 

Broadway Magic group

Seen  with the group are Director, Aviva Pelham, (centre) and Musical Director, Bill Holland (left).  The soloists (standing, left to right) are Shirley Sutherland, Barend van der Westhuizen, Riaan Hunter, Brian Winter, Luella Holland and Graham Boxall. Seated in front are, left, Laura Bosman, and right, Jennifer Moss. 


A Naye Velt

Baxter Theatre: Sunday 2 August 2009 @ 17h30 & 20h00

A Naye Velt



A Naye Velt

Songs Bridging Oceans

Your passport to the international world of Yiddish song

5.30pm and & 8.00pm on 2 August at the Baxter Theatre


Isn’t it just the same old, same old songs?

You think we would have the chutzpah to dish up left-overs? 
The repertoire each year is a case of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – well not too blue if you know what I mean.  But yes, Yiddish humour can be a little risqué (that’s not a Yiddish word, but trust me, it’s not smutty).

For this year we are going to find you new old classics from Eastern Europe that will have you clapping along with delight.  From Russia – with love – some of those toe-tapping numbers that makes you want to get up and dance.  Talking about dance, there are some very sexy and sultry tangos from Argentina.   And there will be a few surprises too.

The recipe might have some essential basic ingredients, but what will be served up by our musical directors will be a soufflé (it’s a fancy French name for a kugel) that will blow you away into a whole new world.  That’s why this year we’ve called the Festival – A Naye Velt.

Talking about recipes – maybe you would like to share your kugel recipe with us?  If we publish your recipe, and if our Treasurer doesn’t object, we will give you 2 free seats to the show.  But knowing our tough Treasurer, she’ll find her Bobbe’s best recipe and tell me I can have it for free.  And seeing this is also all about fundraising, what can I say.

Do I need to speak and understand Yiddish to enjoy the Festival?

Noo, it wouldn’t hurt.  But, quite honestly, when it comes to Yiddish song, the emotions come through so strongly, you begin to imagine that you understand every word.

And the songs are given a little bit of an introduction in English.  Projections also pick up on the translations and helps put you in the picture.  So - expect to relax into an audio-visual journey of song.  Remember those tobacco adverts? Noo, without any unhealthy side effects, the Yiddish Song Festival is your international passport to pure, unadulterated pleasure. 

And if I want to learn some Yiddish or brush up on mamme loshn? 

So you haven’t heard about Ot Azey! the 3-day immersion course in Yiddish we started last year? This year it runs from Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 August.  Once you have enrolled, you will be getting regular peklach of useful information about the songs on this year’s programme.  You will become a maven on Yiddish song.


Sondheim at the Savoy in September

Savoy Cabbage Restaurant brings you another magical musical evening complemented by a dinner that reflects the theme of the evening. Join us on the Thursday 10th September to celebrate Stephen Sondheim who will be 80 next year. We are very excited to be hosting renowned operatic and stage performers Aviva Pelham, Brad Liebl and Godfrey Johnson as they bring you songs and music from this brilliant American composer and lyricist. This is the debut of the trio’s long awaited Sondheim Review and the evening will be restricted to just 40 diners as they will perform in an intimate setting, without microphones. 

We will be following a slightly different format from our usual musical evenings, you will start pre-dinner cocktails and dinner, followed by the performance and finally dessert will be served.

The first table who can identify all the Sondheim references in the menu when they pay their deposit, will receive a copy of the Savoy Cabbage Cookbook.


Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award & Commemoration Event

Marimba Restaurant CITCC: 15 August 2009 @14h00

Amy Biehl Youth Spirit Award


Hout Bay Music Project

Hout Bay Music Project





Dancers for Dancers
Theatre Dance Association Theatre Dance Association

Here they are!


Dancers for Dancers


These are the TDA teachers, with Aviva Pelham, responsible for the unbelievably successful, sold out, GALA BENEFIT
staged at the
in aid of CTCB

Be proud ... very proud!
Thank you for the valuable part that each and every one of you
played in making this such a spectacular event.
R139,000.00 plus was generated in income and once we know the final figure that CTCB receive we will forward that to you all. We have been approached to make it a yearly fundraiser for the Arts due to the unbelievable success of the evening!

From our side ...what a stunning group of teachers to work alongside!
Phenomenal ladies! We salute you all.
With so much respect, love and admiration
Di, Jan, Dee and Brig


Viva the Music 2007


Viva the Music


Viva the Music


Classical Cool Cats


Viva the Music


Canadian Award

Canadian award handed to Ruth Goodwin by Aviva