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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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[21 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on What does it SOUND like? | ]
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.

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[28 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Feedback from our Bassoon faculty | ]
Feedback from our Bassoon faculty

We asked our Bassoon experts for some feedback on our What It Takes: Bassoon course that took place in October. Read more about their experience at the course and working with the young and talented student.

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[27 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Nationals Violists visit Cremona | ]
Nationals Violists visit Cremona

Four violists from Cape Town, all National Youth Orchestra members, have recently visited Cremona, Italy for the 43rd International Viola Congress (4 to 8 October 2016). Loved by string players, Cremona witnessed the development of violin making resulting in modern stringed instruments. The contemporary Cremonese luthiers and the flourishing violin makers’ school and the Violin Museum are internationally recognized. It was a unique event of the highest level with a focus on musicians of the younger generation, contributing to the richness, vibrancy and diversity of contemporary musical life, leaving a lasting impression …

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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 …