Past events

Sir James Galway South Africa Tour

Sir James Galway, world renowned flautist, will tour South Africa with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and members of the SA National Youth Orchestra. The programme includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, Mozart’s Flute Concerto in D major, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade Op. 48 and Cimarosa’s Double Flute Concerto in G major.

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Johannesburg: Friday, 6 February 2015, 19:30 at the Linder Auditorium as part of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival SOLD OUT

Pretoria: Saturday, 7 February 2015 at 19:30 at the Unisa ZK Matthews Hall as part of the Unisa Music Foundation Concert Series click here to buy tickets

Durban: Monday, 9 February 2015 at 19:30 at the Durban City Hall hosted by the KZN Philharmonic click here to buy tickets

Cape Town: Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 20:00 at the Cape Town City Hall as part of the 9th Cape Town International Summer Classical Music Festival click here to buy tickets

Tickets for all of these concerts will be available at Computicket from 17 December 2014.

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Arts Administration Internships
Every orchestra course we select two arts administration interns to join the Nationals Team. If you’re excited about the behind-the-scenes organising on a course, want to start your own arts organisation or just want to experience something new, you can apply for this programme that runs with every Nationals course.


Instrument repair training
If you love precision, repairing instruments and making beautiful things, this could be the opportunity for you. The National Youth Orchestra partners with the Belgian Music Fund to train the next generation of Instrument Repair Technicians.

Conducting training
We often have the opportunity for our musicians to take part in conducting workshops and other related training. If you are interested in learning more about conducting, this is your chance!

Young composer training
We often have the opportunity for our musicians to take part in the young composers programmes that run alongside our June course in Durban.

DURBAN – Auditions for a cadetship at the KZN Philharmonic
The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic has the incredible opportunity for our top young string players to join their cadet programme. Through the National Youth Orchestra you will be allowed to audition for this professional training opportunity. If you are above the age of 18, have finished your matric and completed your grade 8 exam you could be considered for a cadetship.

WHAT IT TAKES Intensive Training for Violinists
This year we will embark on an intense training programme designed specially for violinists. From how to sit to prevent injury, to how to work with a professional orchestra, you will be taken on a journey of discovery with top violinists from around the world and across South Africa. You will have to commit to coming to the courses from 3-9 October (WHAT IT TAKES) and from 26 November – 7 December (Sasol Summer Course). This programme is designed for the top 10 violinists in the National Youth Orchestra. If you take part in this course you have to commit to the December 50th Anniversary Symphony Course and Tour.





The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation offered a very full concert programme in 2009. All of the orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra, the National Concert Orchestra, the National Wind Orchestra and the National String Orchestra, performed in Pretoria and Johannesburg on 2 and 3 July 2009. In addition to the annual July concert programme, the South African National Youth Orchestra performed in Stellenbosch at the Konservatorium in December.

National Youth Orchestras Concerts

The National Youth Orchestra conducted by Stefan Solyom,  performed the Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2 with Junnan Sun, winner of last year’s Ronnie and Rhona Lubner Competition, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The concert was opened by the National Youth String Orchestra with Samson Diamond (violin) and Innocentia Diamond (cello) as soloists at the Linder Auditorium, 2 July 2009.

The National Youth Concert Orchestra performed the Poulenc Double Piano Concerto with acclaimed piano duo, Laura Pauna and Cara Hesse, on 2 July 2009 at the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg.

The National Youth Wind Orchestra performed under the baton of Laszlo Marosi and the National Youth String Orchestra performed with Tinus Botha (piano). A most exciting performance was the  massed youth orchestra, made up of all of the South African National Youth Orchestras. They blew everyone away with Abba and Queen at the Aula, University of Pretoria, on 3 July 2009.

Chamber Concert Series

The innovative and vibrant Clockwise Duo performed at the ZK Mathews Hall, Unisa, on 25 June 2009. Marc Uys (violin) and Jacqueline Kerrod (harp) in Clockwise, a duo that has captured the imagination of South Africans,  were joined by Samson Diamond (violin), Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola), Marian Lewin  (cello), and Leon Bosch (double bass) to play the world premiere of Paul Hanmer’s  Koalabearhugging Hats; de Falla/Kochanski; Béla Bartók/Szigeti and Debussy.

Trio Hemanay performed on 26 June 2009 at the Musaion, University of Pretoria. The acclaimed Trio Hemanay — Marian Lewin (cello), Helen Vosloo (flute) and Malcolm Nay (piano) — had everyone dancing to Piazzolla tangos and charmed the audience with a Mendelssohn trio and a new piece by Neo Muyanga depicting the love affair between Antony and Cleopatra.

JC Jacobs performed his Cello Recital on 29 June 2009 at the Miriam Makeba Auditorium, Unisa. Charismatic prizewinning cellist JC Jacobs, the winner of the 1st Ronnie and Rhona Lubner Solo Competition Prize (recently returned from America) gave a recital of the Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor; Le Grand Tango by Piazzolla, and Elfentanz by David Popper. Mr Jacobs was joined by Dana Cilliers at the piano.