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Audition for the National Youth Orchestras 2016

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra.
The orchestra is formed each year at the National Youth Orchestra Courses and comprises the top talent of young South African musicians. Members include players from communities all over the country, and are chosen on merit through two auditions. The first of these is an anonymous recorded audition after which a live audition played behind-screen, in front of an expert audition panel.  The South African …

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What It Takes: Strings – November 2015

Between 18 and 20 November, two violinists from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam will conduct masterclasses to young musicians in South Africa. This is to celebrate the partnership between the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation. The masterclasses will be conducted by violinists Henk Rubingh and Arndt Auhagen.

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Community Music Project at the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home

His last words to his granddaughter: “Follow your heart and make a difference”, have inspired Erica Louw to go and do just that – with music and education. Erica is a member of the National Youth Orchestra’s administration team, and started to volunteer at the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home after moving to Johannesburg earlier this year. She noticed that one of the big challenges faced by the staff at the home was to get to help the children with their all-round development and mental stimulation – and she also knew that music education was one of the best ways to do this.

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Q & A with SA conductor Matheu Kieswetter

Matheu Kieswetter was born and raised in Cape Town and currently lives between Johannesburg, Singapore and the United Kingdom. He has conducted top orchestras around the globe, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Bulgarian State Philharmonic, The Juilliard Orchestra, the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, Kammerphilharmonie Graz in Austria, the Orpheus Sinfonia and the London Classical Soloists in London, Oiko Musica in Germany, the Said Ensemble in Scotland, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra. We asked him a few questions – read more below.

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Announcement: Tutor for Winter course 2016 – Douglas Bull (Bassoon)

Announcement: Tutor for Winter course 2016 – Douglas Bull (bassoon). Douglas was born in South Africa and started with bassoon lessons at the age of ten. From 1992 until 2000 he studied under Prof. S.J. Jooste at the University of Potchefstroom and from 2000 until 2004 with Prof. Klaus Thunemann in Berlin.

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Alumnus interview – Geoff Cox (Oboe)

In September 2015, South African National Youth Orchestra alumnus Geoffrey Cox (Oboe) returned to South Africa to present the What It Takes: Oboe course (the first of its kind in South Africa) – giving masterclasses and group sessions to the young and talented oboists from across the country.