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Our tour with Sir Roger Norrington and the ZKO


Zurich Chamber Orchestra

South African National Youth Orchestra

Sir Roger Norrington, conductor

Robert Pickup, clarinet

South Africa Tour 27 January – 1 February 2013

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimento in D major, K136

I Allegro

II Andante

III Presto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622

I Allegro

II Adagio

III Rondo: Allegro

Fabian Müller

Labyrinth (2005)

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

I Allegro con brio

II Andante con moto

III Scherzo: Allegro

IV Allegro





Audition results – Winds, Brass and Percussion Course

Results for the NYO Winds, Brass and Percussion Course, taking place in Cape Town, 24 September – 3 October 2010

Please note: names are listed in random order, and this is therefore no indication of placement in an ensemble. Auditions will be done on the first day of the course (24 September) to determine placement. Official acceptance letters will be sent to each participant with information on the course, in the beginning of September.

Overall the standard of the auditions was very high. We are so proud of all of our young musicians that auditioned! If you did not get in this time, remember there will be many more opportunities to take part in the future.


Mia Eksteen, Jennifer Pott, Shimwe Gwimo, Robert de Vries


Garreth Cederes


Lisa White, Ross McGregor


Anine Schutte, Godfrey Thlalogang, Jacob Sithole, Kelly Visser, Martha Breytenbach, Nicolas Wolmarans, Zyla Muller, Danel Dippenaar


Timothy Buckley

Alto Saxophone:

Ayanda Makulwane, Emily Corke, Netéske Horton, Meghan Timm

Tenor Saxophone:

Castyn Winfield, Daniel Keet, Sebenzile Nkosi

Baritone Saxophone:

Levi Alexander

French Horn:

Marlise van Zyl, Shannon Thebus, Christopher Shear, Sunel Vosloo


Braam van Tonder, Brandon Ruiters, Dingaan Tshabalala, Kobus van Wyk, Methenjwa Machi, Ndabo Bombo, Renaldo Wales

Tenor Trombone:

Jason Smythe, Thabang Sekhu, Doctor Matjele

Bass Trombone:

Vuyani Gxavu


Alastair Ironside, Guillaume Bruwer, Ontiretse Baboile, Shaun Moir


Ariella Zimbler, Richard Campbell, Andrea Hobson


Hannes Liebenberg, Nidhi Gangan, Phuti Mokadi, Thando Nkangana, Satchen Gush

NYO:Strings come to Joburg

Violinists Martijn Wildervanck and Lebogang Ledwaba rehearsing some Tchaikovsky

Violinists Martijn Wildervanck and Lebogang Ledwaba rehearsing some Tchaikovsky

Nearly half a century of commitment to young musicians has made the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation the leader of the youth orchestral movement in the country, inspiring musicians with a commitment to pursue the highest standards of musical performance. 2010 boasts a series of courses in addition to the annual Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course.

The National Youth Orchestra: Strings ensemble is selected from the créme de la créme of South Africa’s young string players between the ages of 18 and 25. In July 2010 the young musicians travelled across the country to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where they formed an all-new and exciting group. They rehearsed and learned in a jam-packed session of string playing for the Festival period, and then gave three performances to show off what they had achieved. Now it’s time for Johannesburg to experience the electricity and excitement of this young orchestra at the Sasol Concert at 20:00 on 30 August 2010 at the Linder Auditorium.

This project would not have been possible were it not for the loyal support of our main sponsor, Sasol, the National Arts Festival and our Nordic Partnership for 2010. The Nordic Cultural Initiative (embassies of Finland and Sweden), orchestras in Finland, Sweden and Denmark, and Nordic companies represented in South Africa aided the Foundation in bringing top musicians from Finland, Sweden, and Denmark to tutor at the NYO:Strings course.

This partnership has enabled the Foundation to import some of the very best teachers to tutor at the course. Cellist Ilkka Uurtimo (Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Finland) and double bassist Marja-Helena Ojanperä (Sibelius Academy, Finland), Ian van Rensburg, a National Youth Orchestra alumnus and now concert master of the Åarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, and our conductor, Fredrik Burstedt (Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Sweden). Emile de Roubaix (viola) also joined the faculty and is a proud National Youth Orchestra alumnus.

The National Youth Orchestra: Strings Sasol Concert will be conducted by the young Finnish conductor, Nikke Isomöttönen, who is an orchestral conducting lecturer at the School of Music at the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He works regularly with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, and will make his début as opera conductor later this year with the same ensemble. In 2008 Isomöttönen was selected to participate in the prestigious International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition in Finland.

Look forward to a varied programme of the best string orchestra music through the ages, including the passionate Tchaikovsky String Serenade, Britten’s not-so-simple Simple Symphony, Grieg’s exquisite Two Elegiac Melodies and get back to baroque with our guest artist, Ockie Vermeulen, at the harpsichord. For some local flavour, Pata Pata, arranged by Standard Bank Artist for 2010, violinist Samson Diamond will get the audience on their feet!


30 August at 20:00 at the Linder Auditorium

Tickets will be available at the door and range in price from R40 – R60. For more information on the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation please visit or call 083 272 2117.

Media enquiries: Marius Coetzee, Media Relations, South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation on 072 338 2240 or

Nationals 2010 info

In its 46th year the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation boasts a whole series of Nationals courses and programmes for young orchestral musicians between the ages of 13 and 25.
Recorded auditions for all Nationals events were held in April in main centres across the country by the traveling audition team.

IF YOU HAVE MISSED THE DEADLINE, ALL IS NOT LOST! Contact 083 272 2117 by SMSing your name and instrument and location to see if we can fit you in on a  late audition day or if you are eligible to hand in an “own audition”.

Young musicians wishing to apply will need to prepare a study and a piece of their choice, of minimum grade 6 music standard (Unisa, ABRSM or Trinity College), not exceeding five minutes in total. For more comprehensive audition guidelines click here. Application forms will be done electronically via an online form available here:

Bursaries (based on financial need), scholarships (based on merit) and payment plans are available to make the course open to all who wish to attend. Indicate your need for financial assistance on the application form.

Programmes and courses for 2010 include:

Our winter National Youth Orchestra: Strings programme from 21 June -1 July in Grahamstown with additional concerts at the end of August in Johannesburg

Fredrik Burstedt

Fredrik Burstedt

The National Youth Orchestra: Strings session will be held in Grahamstown with the kind support of the National Arts Festival. It is open to all young string players between the ages of 18-25, and is set to be an exhilarating, jam-packed week of advanced string playing and experience. Thirty-two string players will be selected based on our national recorded auditions in April. The orchestra will be conducted by Fredrik Burstedt (Sweden) and top string tutors will be at the course.
The National Youth Orchestra:Strings will also perform with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cock, for their concerts at the National Arts Festival, and will do three performances of their own in Grahamstown. This is an ideal opportunity to launch a professional career, experience what professional orchestral playing is all about, and learn about the fantastic world of string orchestras. You will be challenged with repertoire ranging from the baroque period to a pops programme. Further performances for this ensemble, including the annual Sasol National Youth Orchestra Concert, are planned for July.

Our spring National Youth Orchestra: Wind, Brass and Percussion programme from 24 September – 3 October in Cape Town

Our National Youth Orchestra: Wind, Brass and Percussion programme is from 24 September – 3 October in Cape Town. This programme will focus on wind bands and percussion ensemble playing. We will be entering the ensembles into the Stellenbosch Ensemble Competition. Open to all musicians aged between 13-25.

Our summer Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course 2010 from 5-15 December in Durban

The Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course 2010 will take place in Durban. It will be the third SA National Youth Orchestra Foundation programme for 2010, and we will be celebrating our 46th year. The National Youth Orchestra will be conducted by Ewa Strusinska (Poland) who is the Assistant Conductor of the Halle Orchestra and the Music Director of the Halle Youth Orchestra. It will be an intensive programme filled with challenges and fun for the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Concert Orchestra. Open to all musicians aged between 13-25.

Britten-Pears Orchestra – an opportunity for Nationals participants

The Britten-Pears Orchestra (BPO) meets four times per year and gives young artists (approx. 18-29 years) the opportunity to attend a diverse and inspiring range of courses focused on professional development. Set in Aldeburgh Music’s breath-taking surroundings on the East coast of England, it combines fantastic resources and outstanding tutors from leading international orchestras. It has also helped many artists to bridge the gap between conservatoire and professional life and launched numerous successful careers.

SA NYO members wishing to be considered for the BPO are welcome to do their SA NYO and their BPO recordings with the traveling recorded auditions in April 2010. Selected applicants will be asked to submit orchestral extracts and successful candidates will be awarded full bursaries which cover flights, meals, accommodation and course fees. In order to be considered for this fantastic opportunity please email with “BPO” in the subject heading and we will send you more information.

‘The BPO is an amazing opportunity to work with musicians from all over the world in a unique and refreshing environment…it is an opportunity young musicians should not miss out on.’

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Auditions FAQ

  • Audition Information
  • Audition requirements
  • Accompanists
  • Anonimity
  • Auxiliary intruments
  • Percussion auditions
  • Violin audition
  • Wind players
  • Audition timeline
  • Privately recorded audition
  • Auditions FAQ
  • Percussion audition guidelines
  • Prepared piece
  • Vibraphone/Marimba
  • Drum set

  • Audition information

    To be considered for membership of an orchestra at the Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course or any other SANYOF programme for 2010, you must play a recorded audition in one of the main centres or submit an individual audition recording (see guidelines for this process). The regional recorded audition tour is scheduled for 1-26 March 2010. Audition dates will be confirmed once applications have been received and the number of participants in each centre has been established.
    If you would like your city to be included as an audition centre, please make sure there are at least 15 candidates auditioning from that area and we will consider traveling to you.

    If you are unable to make the dates – please email to arrange an alternative time.

    Audition requirements

    Play one piece and one study of your choice. Please make sure it is of minimum Grade 6 standard. If in doubt please consult the UNISA, ABRSM or Trinity College syllabus, or ask your teacher to help you.

    Maximum time: 5 minutes – if you feel you can demonstrate your ability in less time, this is perfectly acceptable, but the full five minutes is recommended.


    Accompanists are not allowed.


    All applicants will be identified by a number only. Audition recordings will be reviewed by selected members of the South African National Youth Orchestra audition committee, and will not be done by teachers that have entered candidates for the course.

    Auxiliary instruments

    Applicants are encouraged (although not required) to audition on auxiliary instruments (eg violin and viola, flute and piccolo). Please note that this means you will need two audition times. We will let you know which instrument we will need you to audition on for the live audition at the course. Your auxiliary instrument will count in your favour, and we will have your best interests at heart when deciding on orchestra placement. Some candidates may be accepted to the course on only one instrument, others will be admitted on both and be placed based on their live audition.

    Percussion auditions

    Percussion auditions will take place on the first day of the course. No pre-recorded audition is necessary. Please see “Percussion audition guidelines”. Please note that percussion auditions will not be behind-screen, but the panel will not include any participants’ teacher. All percussion entrants must have a letter from their teacher stating that they are at the required standard of Unisa, ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 6 or its equivalent.

    Violin auditions

    Three applicants will be selected from recorded auditions to audition for the position of concert master of the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra: Strings. These applicants will do a 30 minute live audition with the conductor on the first day of the course. String players may enter the winter programme in June (National Youth Orchestra:Strings) and/or the summer course in December (Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course).

    Wind players

    You may enter for the National Youth Orchestra:Winds, Brass and Percussion programme, and/or for the Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course.

    Audition Timeline

    Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted on the course or not on 30 May 2010 for the June course, and on 31 August for the September and December courses.
    For the National Youth Orchestra: Strings programme and for the Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course, three applicants will be asked to prepare an audition for the position of concert master for the South African National Youth Orchestra. Bursary, scholarship and payment plan options will be released for participants to apply once they have been accepted to a course/programme.

    All live auditions will take place on the first day of each course, and when the course starts audition results regarding placement will be announced. Please note that this might not be a final placement for seating, but will be the final placement in the orchestra. Final seating is decided by the conductor and the artistic director.

    Privately recorded audition

    You must notify the Nationals office on if you wish to do a recorded audition and provide valid reasons as to why you can not attend the official recorded auditions.

    Your audition should not be longer than five minutes.

    Accompanists are not allowed.

    One piece and one study of your own choice, minimum Grade 6 standard (consult the UNISA, ABRSM or Trinity syllabus and your teacher if you are in doubt).

    It should be a first and only take, and the sound engineer must sign a form supplied by the SANYOF office (request a form from stating that it is a first and only take.

    Auditions should be provided on CD or .mp3 and sent to <a href=””></a> or to

    PO Box 95433

    It must reach our offices by 31 March 2010.

    Auditions FAQ

    When is my audition?

    Once the SANYOF office has received your application you will be notified by post, email or sms. We will then let you know which day (between 7-30 April 2010) we will be in the main centre closest to you. If there is a problem with your date or time, please email the SANYOF office

    How do I schedule my recorded audition?
    The SANYOF office will give you a time and location for your recorded audition between 7-30 April. We will let you know when this will be. If there is a problem with your audition time, email immediately, and we will try to accommodate you at a different time. If this is not possible, you will need to send in a private recording (see guidelines for this). SANYOF does not cover the cost of your recording and due to variations in recording quality, this is not encouraged.

    How long will the recorded audition be?
    Not longer than 5 minutes.

    What should I play at the recorded audition?
    One piece of your choice and one study of your choice. Please ensure that this selection clearly demonstrates your ability on your instrument(s).

    Percussion: please see additional guidelines.

    Can I send in a DVD?
    No, SANYOF does not accept DVD recordings as the whole process is anonymous.

    What repertoire should I chose for my recorded audition?
    The repertoire for your audition needs to include one piece and one study. It should be of minimum Grade 6 standard. If you are in doubt, please consult the UNISA, ABRSM or Trinity Grade 6 syllabus and ask your teacher.

    How many movements?
    You may choose to play as many movements as you like, but make sure you stay within the five minute allocated time. You may also play part of a movement/concerto in order to fit into the five minute slot.

    Why do percussionists have a specific list of selections or guidelines, while other instruments’ requirements are generic?
    It is impossible to tell from a recorded audition what the percussionist’s technique is like. Also – all Grade 6 level and above percussion applicants are accepted to the course as we need so many of them this year.

    Why are there two auditions?
    The first audition gains entry to the Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course and SANYOF programmes. The second audition gives you a second chance, and allows for placement in an orchestra at the course you have been accepted to. Both auditions count towards your final placement.

    The first audition (recorded by our traveling audition team) consists of a piece and a study of your own choice.

    The second audition (behind-screen, done by the panel for the course or programme) will include a quick study and orchestral excerpts prescribed by SANYOF.

    What does the audition panel want to hear?
    We would like to see what your strengths are – so put your best foot forward. Play what suits you, and not what you think would suit us. Your auditions should demonstrate a range of ability and provide contrasts of musical style and instrumental technique. Each audition will be given a percentage. Remember: express don’t impress.

    Do I get feedback? We will provide feedback on your audition for you during the course (if you would like it).

    When will I get the results of my recorded audition?
    Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted on the course or not on 30 May 2010 for the June course, and on 31 August for the September and December courses (via sms, post and email). Please do not call the SANYOF offices for your results. If you have not received any communication from us by 30 May 2010 or 31 August respectively, please email

    Percussion audition guidelines

    You should have prepared pieces on the following:

    · Concert snare drum

    · Solo melodic instrument

    · Solo timpani (or drum-set)

    Percussionists should perform a prepared solo on snare drum (or multiple percussion that includes snare-drum technique), timpani (or drum-set) and a melodic percussion instrument (marimba, xylophone) and will be asked to sight-read on snare drum and marimba.

    Prepared piece

    SANYOF embraces and values all music styles so you should prepare a piece that you are comfortable with and displays your strengths as a musician. It should be approximately 3-5 minutes in length, in any style, which demonstrates your instrumental proficiency and your overall musicianship. Do not choose a piece or a style of music you think the audition team wants to hear. Rather, select a piece that puts your “best foot forward” and highlights what you feel represents your best playing. Ultimately, the audition is a discovery process and we want to find out what you do well.


    You may choose to select a 2 or 4 mallet prepared piece that demonstrates your strengths on the instrument. You may also be asked to demonstrate your technical facility via typical practice routines and exercises (scales, arpeggios, etc.).

    Drum set

    If you want to show expertise on drum set, substitute the timpani component with a drum-set component. Drummers should bring their sticks and a practice pad for use in the warm-up room, as most warm-up rooms will not have a drum kit for your warm-up. A standard 4 or 5 piece drum set with 2 cymbals will be provided for drum set players. Double-bass pedals are not provided.

    It is recommended to seek the guidance of your teacher when selecting your prepared pieces. Please note that it should be of minimum Grade 6 standard (consult the UNISA syllabus if you are in doubt).

    Your audition will be up to a maximum of 15 minutes, but please don’t feel you need to use all fifteen – if you are able to demonstrate your ability in less time, this is perfectly acceptable.

    Accompanists are not allowed.

    Reading: The examples range from basic to complex in order for the audition team to gauge your reading ability. You will have 5 minutes before your audition to warm up on your instrument and 10 minutes to review the reading material before being asked to play the examples in the audition.

    You may also be asked to demonstrate your technical facility via typical practice routines and exercises (scales, arpeggios, etc.) on either vibraphone or marimba or rudiments on the snare drum.

    We take a holistic approach in our evaluation process where each component of the audition helps the audition team assess your overall abilities as a musician. While each component is important, we recognise it is common for applicants to have imbalances in their playing abilities.