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10 things you can do to help!

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10 things you can do online (for free!) to help the National Youth Orchestra:

1. Tell people about us! www.sanyo.org.za
2. Invite your friends to like us on Facebook @SANationalYouthOrchestra
3. Follow us on Twitter @SANYOF
4. Sign up for a MySchool card that benefits the National Youth Orchestra – email us on team@sanyo.org.za and we’ll send you the form
5. Become and advocate on GivenGain (our online donation platform)
6. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
7. Follow us on Instagram @sanatyouthorch
8. Invite young musicians to apply for the course at http://bit.ly/2iIde1W
9. Sign up to our newsletter!
10. Share this post!

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What does it SOUND like?

 

The National Youth Orchestra, the green and gold team of our most talented young musicians, is embarking on an adventure in cutting-edge South African performance in a new collaboration with Bombshelter Beast, a genre-busting music collective of some of SA’s most colourful and innovative musicians.

Think Black Cat White Cat meets Brenda Fassie – add an opera singer, a polish refugee, a Manchester born kwaito star and SA’s most cunning linguist, and you have half the picture. The other half is best experienced live! Be taken on a journey from baroque to boeremusiek, comedy to kwaito, and a lot in between – a new South African sound that’s best served hot! Bring comfortable shoes to dance in – your feet will thank you. Shows on 11, 12 and 14 December in Johannesburg.
www.sanyo.org.za/events

National Youth Orchestra concerts are made possible by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Arts and Culture, the SABC Foundation, the Academy of Sound Engineering and SAfm.

Thank you to Black Gosling for producing this awesome video!
Saxophone: Sisonke Xonti

Watch Bombshelter Beast!

We are really excited about this video for our concerts in December. A big thank you to the team at Black Gosling who worked so hard conceptualising, directing and filming, Sumo Sound for the Bombshelter Beast recording, Tiger Fight for the mix and the wonderful members of the band and the National Youth Orchestra and friends for being the superstars!
Watch it now:

To book your tickets, visit www this hyperlink.sanyo.org.za/events

 

Countdown #2: Suzy the Sousaphone

Suzy the Sousaphone speaks to us about her concerts with the National Youth Orchestra in December

Suzy is a Sousaphone. Her ancestors come from America, but she was born in Japan in 1989 in the Yamaha factory, and came to live with her musician Alex Hitzeroth, in Johannesburg in 2015. Sousaphones are seen as funny instruments, but really they’re quite sensitive and don’t take well to being teased. Suzy is an integral member of Bombshelter Beast, a band that performs a wide variety of music (she’s responsible for keeping the bassline pumping). She used to play in the army band, but she’s left them now in favour of a life made for dancing. She loves dancing.

Alex Hitzeroth with his sousaphone, Suzy performing at The Orbit with Bombshelter Beast.

Alex Hitzeroth with his sousaphone, Suzy performing at The Orbit with Bombshelter Beast. Photo: Dino Codevilla

Performing with an ORCHESTRA!

“I’m really quite delighted. My musician plays in the orchestra quite a lot, but he takes the Trombone on those outings. I’ve never had the opportunity of playing with an ORCHESTRA (even though, technically, I’m a tuba, they say I’m the wrong shape and that I’m designed for marching only. Pah! I don’t believe anyone should be judged on their body shape).
My musician, Alex, used to play in the National Youth Orchestra, so he’s told me all about it. He’s a member of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra now, and plays for all sorts of concerts – but when he takes me with him, it’s for Bombshelter Beast. It’s not your average “band” – we’re a family. We’ve been to the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland, and to Oppikoppi – and we’re getting on a flight to Stellenbosch today (I’m a bit nervous – I hope they won’t put me in the hold on my own!) – and on Saturday we’re playing in Pretoria at Park Acoustics.

The best part of my day is when I can entertain the crowd – everyone loves me. I hope you’ll come and see our performances in December! I’m most looking forward to our show at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden because my comedy friends Goliath and Goliath will be there, and that’s special.”
The National Youth Orchestra,​ the green and gold team of our most talented young musicians, is embarking on an adventure in cutting-edge South African performance in a new collaboration with Bombshelter Beast, a genre-busting music collective of some of South Africa’s most colourful and innovative musicians.

National Youth Orchestra concerts are made possible by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Arts and Culture, the SABC Foundation, the The Academy of Sound Engineering, the SAMRO Foundation and SAfm Radio. For more information on the performances in Johannesburg in December, please click here.

Countdown #1: Ludwig the Violin

 

Ludwig the Violin speaks to us about
his concerts with Bombshelter Beast in December

Ludwig is a violin. He was born in Germany in 1890 and came to live with his musician, Andrew Gilbert, in Johannesburg, in 2011. Violins are important instruments, and he knows he’s no exception. He generally plays classical music, on his own, with a piano friend, or in the orchestra. Some of his relatives play jazz, and he has an uncle in the rock music business. He has Facebook friends that play Indian and Iranian music, too. This December he’ll be playing with a band called Bombshelter Beast.

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Andrew Gilbert with his violin in front of the Consitutional Court. Photo by Dee Lourens.

 

Bombshelter What?!, you ask?

“That’s what I thought. But then I heard their music – and wow! They made my bow skip a beat! The reason I get to play with them is that we’re doing concerts with the National Youth Orchestra, my regular gig. They call their music style “Afrobalkan”. I’m not sure what that is exactly – but it’s just the best to dance to, and I’m so excited to be given this opportunity to make music with them. When my musician ​Andrew was eleven, he was the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra. He has taken me on many of the orchestra’s programmes all across South Africa, and now that he’s a seasoned professional, he’s treating me a lot better. In the beginning he made me sound a bit scratchy, but now his fingers fly, and he helps me produce my most beautiful sound.

The best part of my career would be meeting the orchestra’s patron, Archbishop Tutu, when we went to Cape Town this year. He complimented me on my looks. I hope you’ll come and see our performances in December – I am sure I’ll be your highlight. PS I hear we’ll be broadcast live on SAfm on 12 December – tune in if you can’t be there in person! Show starts at seven!”

The National Youth Orchestra,​ the green and gold team of our most talented young musicians, is embarking on an adventure in cutting-edge South African performance in a new collaboration with Bombshelter Beast, a genre-busting music collective of some of South Africa’s most colourful and innovative musicians.
National Youth Orchestra concerts are made possible by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Arts and Culturethe SABC Foundation, the The Academy of Sound Engineering, the SAMRO Foundation and SAfm Radio. For more information on the performances in Johannesburg in December, please click here