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[19 Jan 2017 | Comments Off on 10 things you can do to help! | ]
10 things you can do to help!

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!
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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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[16 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Countdown #2: Suzy the Sousaphone | ]
Countdown #2: Suzy the Sousaphone

Suzy is a Sousaphone. Her relatives 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 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.

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[15 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Countdown #1: Ludwig the Violin | ]
Countdown #1: Ludwig the Violin

This December I’ll be playing with a band called Bombshelter Beast. 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.