Chamber Music for Change!

We are looking for current orchestra members and alumni who would be keen to do chamber music concerts to raise funds for bursaries for orchestra courses in 2016. If you would like to get involved (playing or planning!) we would be most grateful. Email or 0832722117 for more info. Concerts can happen anywhere and a few are already being planned that you can slot in to.

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What It Takes: Brass (March 2016) update

Andrea Fisher-Jeffes (euphonium, Cape Town) and Mark Hampson (trombone, Mahler Chamber Orchestra) presented the second What It Takes: Brass course in Cape Town from 21-27 March 2016.

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RCO members return in April!

Two violinists from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam), Arndt Auhagen and Henk Rubingh, will be returning to South Africa in mid April for the second What It Takes: Violin course (17-20 April). This course falls under the newly established partnership between the KZN Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the SA National Youth Orchestra Foundation. We are very excited to work with these two musicians again!

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What It Takes: Viola No. 3

What It Takes: Viola is an intense, instrument-specific programme that focusses on ensemble work, technical and musical advancement and career development.

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What It Takes: Oboe 1-3 March 2016

The second SA National Youth Orchestra What It Takes: Oboe course was hosted in collaboration with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban from 1 – 3 March 2016 with oboists Kika Materula and Alexei Ogrintchouk. Participants included Michael Lawrenson, Jano le Roux and Ross McGregor. Alexei’s concert programme, performed on 3 March at the Durban City Hall, included the Rossini Sonata for Strings No. 1, Mozart’s Oboe Concerto K314 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 104.

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What It Takes: Brass 21-27 March 2016 in Cape Town

National Youth Brass to blow you away
Johannesburg – This Easter weekend National Youth Brass will blow you away with their brilliance in two performances: on Saturday, 26 March from 10:00-12:00 at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock and on Easter Sunday Service, 27 March at 10:00 in St George’s Cathedral. The programme includes a wide range of music to make your feet tap and your heart sing! The ensemble, made up of young upcoming South African brass players, will be led by Mark Hampson who performs in Claudio Abbado’s Lucerne Festival Orchestra, an orchestra made up of the world’s best orchestral musicians. We would also like to thank the Academy of Sound Engineering, the newly established Cape Town campus, for recording the National Youth Brass.