Mandela Day Concerts

Poster (Small)To celebrate Mandela Day, our symphonic green and gold national team, the National Youth Orchestra, will perform two concerts in Cape Town in July. The programme will include Mahler’s glorious Fifth Symphony, and Benjamin Britten’s seldom-heard Double Concerto for Violin and Viola, written when the composer was just 18. The orchestra will be led by the sensational Ewa Strusiñska, a finalist and laureate at the prestigious Gustav Mahler International Conducting Competition, and principal conductor and music director of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland. The National Youth Orchestra is generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Arts and Culture and the Britten-Pears Foundation. Soloists for the concerto, drawn from within the orchestra’s ranks, are Samantha Durrant, Jonathan Mayer, Jeffrey Armstrong (violin),  and Erin Torres, Nicholas Fidler and Kgaugelo Mpyane (viola).


16 July – 19:00 Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow

The National Youth Orchestra teams up with Fine Music Radio, Pick n Pay, the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre to supply 67 radios to the Cape Town Society for the Blind. The radios, to be handed over on the night, are sponsored by Fine Music Radio listeners and Pick n Pay. Proceeds from the concert go towards the National Youth Orchestra’s bursary fund.

Tickets are R100-R120 and are available on Tixsa

17 July – 15:00 Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town
A grand benefit concert for the National Youth Orchestra’s bursary fund, in the sumptuous ballroom of Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel.

Tickets are R450 per person and are available online from Tixsa
This price includes canapés and drinks (and of course parking!)

Please contact the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel on 0214831000 about their special rate for overnight stays on the concert weekend.

mount_nelson_hotel_04The National Youth Orchestra nurtures the musical development of South Africa’s finest young musicians, from emerging gifted school-age students to those on the verge of a professional career.  The orchestra’s alumni have been placed in some of the best orchestras in the world, and they make up over 70% of the South Africans placed in our local professional orchestras. Proceeds from the concerts will go towards the National Youth Orchestra’s work with South Africa’s most talented young musicians.

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