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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!

Thankyou

Applications 2017 are now open!

Nationals-are-you-goingEstablished 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. Alumni from our courses have gone on to play for internationally renowned orchestras, and their achievements bare testament to the ability of South African musicians to be exceptional and true ambassadors for our country.

As a participant, you will be part of the Nationals community and benefit from a range of programmes associated with our courses including opportunities for international music exchange, instrument repair courses, musician mentorship, arts administration internships and composition and conducting workshops. With a rich mix of South African participants, and a faculty made up of renowned local and international music professionals, the National Youth Orchestra Foundation offers diversity that is worthy of celebration. The orchestra course experience is for young people interested in music, from grade 7 level to those just starting their professional careers.

After you apply we will confirm receipt via email and/or SMS within the week. Do not hesitate to contact us should you need further information. (Where applicants are unable to apply online they should contact us to do them telephonically on 083 272 2117.)

We are proud of the orchestra course participants, each of whom contributes to the vitality of the National Youth Orchestra. We look forward to receiving your application and hope to welcome you to our 2017 courses.

APPLICATION

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.

You need to
1. Play an orchestral instrument
2. Be at at least Grade 7 level (Unisa, ABRSM, Trinity)
3. Be 25 years old or younger in 2017

AUDITION VENUES

In February and March live recorded auditions will be held in
Bloemfontein: 13 March 2017
Cape Town: 1 and 2 March 2017
Durban: 4 March 2017
Johannesburg: 24 February and 10 March 2017
Port Elizabeth: 6 and 7 March 2017
Potchefstroom: 14 March 2017
Pretoria: 27 February and 11 March 2017
Stellenbosch: 2 March 2017

REQUIREMENTS

Application Fee: A non-refundable fee of R50 is charged to each applicant to cover administration and processing costs. Only one application fee is required, regardless of how many programs you wish to apply for or how many instruments you apply on.

Please note: NO late applications or auditions will be accepted.

Candidates should prepare a solo piece and a study of their choice to demonstrate their standard and fluency on their instrument. Your programme (that means both study AND piece together) should not exceed 5 minutes in length and you may make any required cuts to fit within the time limit. NB: Accompanists are not allowed.

AUDITION GUIDELINES/FAQs:

http://www.sanyo.org.za/courses/audition-faqs/

Travel: You are expected to get yourself to course. Auditions start on the first day of each course (be there before 12:00 please) and the course ends with our final concert in the evening on the last day of each course (most out-of-towners therefore leave on the morning of the day after the last day of course.)

National Youth Orchestra Course fee: R2300. This fee includes accommodation, meals and tuition. Proof of payment is to be received by our offices a month before each course. Please use your name/surname as the reference. If you are unable to afford the course fee, there are various financial assistance options available, including a payment plan and bursary options. Please contact us on team@sanyo.org.za if you require more information, and indicate that you require financial assistance in the application form.

APPLICATIONS:  OPEN for 2017 and the application FORM is now available.

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

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