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[13 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on Applications 2017 are now open! | ]
Applications 2017 are now open!

Established in 1964, we are South Africa’s oldest youth orchestra, and the leading orchestra in the youth orchestral movement. Our National Youth Orchestra members are the national team that represent an incredible youth orchestra movement that stretches from the Western Cape to Limpopo and everything in between. We are proud of the orchestra course participants, each of whom contributes to the vitality of the National Youth Orchestra. In order to complete this application online you will need a working email address and your South African identity number, or, if you are an international applicant, your passport number. This year we have limited seats for candidates from Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. We look forward to receiving your application and hope to welcome you to our 2017 courses!

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[18 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on December Performances in Johannesburg | ]
December Performances in Johannesburg


To the Roots hosts South Africa’s best loved music and artists, performing together in aid of the National Youth Orchestra’s Bursary Fund at the magnificent Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden on 11 December. Shortstraw, Bombshelter Beast, Goliath and Goliath and the National Youth Orchestra are all in the line-up. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon to kick off the December holidays in style!
A live broadcast from the SABC M1 Studio on SAfm is on Monday 12 December, and our final concert is at the Linder Auditorium on 14 …

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[16 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on What It Takes: Bassoon with Douglas Bull | ]
What It Takes: Bassoon with Douglas Bull

The SA National Youth Orchestra is hosting the What It Takes: Bassoon (7-9 October 2016) course with alumni Douglas Bull in Johannesburg.

Every What It Takes course is designed specifically to cater to the needs of the selected participants. The course covers many aspects of professional musicianship including audition preparation, marketing of yourself as a musician, posture/injury prevention, performing with an orchestra, music history related to your instrument and individual master classes from top professionals. It gives insight into solo, chamber and orchestral playing as well as teaching and other career options.

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[11 Aug 2016 | Comments Off on What It Takes: Viola and Viola Day – September 2016 | ]
What It Takes: Viola and Viola Day – September 2016

Louise Lansdown (Head of Strings at the Birmingham Conservatoire, UK) returns with six of her students for the fourth What It Takes: Viola course in Johannesburg from 2-4 September 2016. In addition to the What It Takes: Viola course, the South African Viola Society (SAVS) and the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation team up to bring you an epic VIOLA DAY!

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[17 Jun 2016 | Comments Off on Mandela Day Concerts | ]
Mandela Day Concerts

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 …