Past events

11 December 2016, 14:00 – TO THE ROOTS at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, Johannesburg

Tickets available:

Gates open at 13:00. Performances start at 14:00, we’ll be on stage around 16:30-18:00.

Come and enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon in the magnificent Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden with Shortstraw, Goliath and Goliath and Bombshelter Beast all performing in aid of the National Youth Orchestra’s Bursary Fund. Bombshelter Beast will perform with the orchestra in a new cutting-edge collaboration that’s set to make your feet dance and your heart happy!

12 December 2016, 19:00 – SABC M1 Studio, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

Tickets available at Computicket

Be part of the select audience our live broadcast on SAfm at the SABC M1 Studio with Bombshelter Beast and the National Youth Orchestra. The String Orchestra will be lead by Pavel Fischer (Czech Republic), and the Wind Orchestra by Bjørn Breistein (Norway). The programme includes everything from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 to our very own version of Weekend Special, arranged by Marcus Wyatt.

14 December 2016, 20:00 – Linder Auditorium, Parktown

Tickets available at Computicket

Our final concert of this special programme in the magnificent Linder Auditorium, kindly sponsored by the Music Department at the Wits School of Arts. Let’s fill the Linder and dance, dance, dance!




National Youth Orchestra Course 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. Some of the sessions will be open to the public, geared towards teachers and young violists, and of course, National Youth Orchestra violists will be given loads of attention! If you are interested in receiving more information about the WIT:Viola course please send an email to or follow updates on the event HERE.

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! Come and join us on Saturday, 3 September 2016 to celebrate the viola with Dr. Louise Lansdown. Viola Day fee of R200 includes a free mug and t-shirt, SA Viola Society membership, group classes, master classes, and access to all other viola day happenings. More info to follow soon! If you’re keen to be a violanteer on the day (help with organising and small tasks on the day) please contact Lee Smith (Secretary of the SA Viola Society) on For more information and regular updates, please visit the event page.


Winter Course in Cape Town 11-17 July 2016: National Youth Orchestra

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Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony takes us through a range of emotion, from negative and mournful through to thrilling feelings of jubilation.

Also featured in this concert is Benjamin Britten’s Double Concerto for Violin and Viola with soloists from the National Youth Orchestra. Soloists: Samantha Durrant (violin), Erin Torres (viola), Jonathan Mayer (violin), Nicholas Fidler (viola), Jeffrey Armstrong (violin) and Kgaugelo Mpyane (viola).

The National Youth Orchestra will be conducted by Ewa Strusińska

Saturday 16 July at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow at 19:00, tickets available from TIXSA or call 0832722117
Sunday 17 July at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town at 15:00, tickets available on TIXSA or call 0832722117 LIVE BROADCAST

For those of you who can’t be in Cape Town for the concerts, it will be broadcast live on Fine Music Radio on 16 July at 19:00 – click here to listen online.

Group Photo - National Youth Orchestra Winter 2016 Cape Town


Chamber Music for Change – Benefit Concerts


3 June at the Thali Thali Game Lodge in Langebaan at 18:00 

A string ensemble consisting of 22 players will perform works ranging from Mozart to modern pieces like Viva La Vida. Concert proceeds will go towards bursaries to the orchestra course for National Youth Orchestra musicians from the West Coast.
Tickets: R100.00, including a cheese and wine table.
Bookings: online through Tixsa
Call: 0832722117

15 June at the St Andrew’s Presbytarian Church at 20:00

Select members of the National Youth Orchestra will be under the baton of Matthew Reid performing Serenades by Dvorak and Mozart. Concert proceeds will go towards bursaries to the orchestra course for National Youth Orchestra musicians from Cape Town.
Tickets: R100
Booking: online through Quicket
Call: 082 864 4550


What It Takes Course 2016

Brass in Cape Town with Mark Hampson 23-29 March 2016 (bass trombonist: Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Mahler Chamber Orchestra & Luzern Festival Orchestra)

Viola in Johannesburg with Louise Lansdown from the Birmingham Conservatoire

Violin in Johannesburg with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Oboe in Durban with the KZN Philharmonic

Conducting in Durban  with the KZN Philharmonic


Audition Dates 2016

22 and 24 Feb: Cape Town
23 Feb: Stellenbosch at the Stellenbosch Konservatorium​
26 Feb and 5 March: Johannesburg at the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company​
27 Feb and 7 March: Pretoria at the Department of Music // TUKS​
27 Feb: Durban at the Durban Music School​
29 Feb and 1 March: Port Elizabeth at the NMMU Department of Music​
3 March: Bloemfontein at the University of the Free State​
4 March: Potchefstroom at the NWU School of Music & Conservatory​


What It Takes Courses 2015

Bassoon and Oboe in Johannesburg 23-27 September 2015  with Penelope Ives (principal bassoon: Johannesburg Philharmonic) and Geoff Cox (assistant principal oboe: Gothenburg Opera, Sweden, SA National Youth Orchestra alumnus)
Auditions have already been concluded for this course.

Viola in Johannesburg 28-31 October 2015 with Louise Lansdown (head of strings: Birmingham Conservatoire, SA National Youth Orchestra alumna)
Auditions have already been concluded for this course.


National Youth Orchestra Courses 2014

JOHANNESBURG 22 April-11 May – Full Moon Contemporary Dance Production

National Youth Orchestra performs as part of Vuyani Dance Theatre’s 15th Anniversary production, “Full Moon” at the Joburg Theatre. “Full Moon”, set against a terrain of galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the oceans, mountains and rivers to the haunting music of a live orchestra and guitars, evokes senses and provokes emotions with a strong cast of 25 South African dancers and with costumes by Black Coffee. “Full Moon” will feature from Wednesday, 30 April to Sunday, 11 May. The orchestra will be made up of strings and select winds.

DURBAN 28 June – 9 July – Sasol Winter Course – Wind Orchestra
The NATIONAL YOUTH WIND ORCHESTRA is the premier national youth wind ensemble in South Africa and is on the same level as the National Youth Orchestra. It includes saxophones and euphoniums, instruments not commonly found in the symphony orchestra programme. Formed under the name “South African National Youth Wind Ensemble” in 2005, the orchestra has been led by great wind band conductors including Laszlo Marosi from Hungary, Sean Kierman from South Africa, Bjørn Breistein from Norway and Adam Cooke from Ireland. They have performed in places as far flung as Franschhoek, Langebaan and Atteridgeville.COST FOR COURSE: R1800

Logo - SACM - 2013CAPE TOWN 11 June-16 July – Historically Informed Performance Winter Term Course at UCT
In 2014 the winter term course in Historically Informed Performance will take place from 16 June to 11 July. The course provides a link between academic (history and theory) and practical subjects (performance) in music and introduces the students to the concept of historically informed performance. HIP is a specific way of arriving at an appropriate interpretation of music using period evidence such as music (manuscripts, early prints) and its editions, treatises on music theory and performance as well as instruments and instrumentation. The course is open for occasional students from outside UCT. Registration opens in February 2014. THE COST OF THIS COURSE IS DETERMINED BY UCT.

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CAPE TOWN June (dates TBC by Umculo Cape Festival) – Opera Course with Umculo Cape Festival
In this new work of music theatre, the music of Handel oratorios and Bach cantatas will be paired with stories from the lives of young South Africans around the theme of hope in times of despair. The singers of the choir of Bloemkombos Secondary School will develop both text and music during intensive workshops in December of 2013 with members of the Umculo artistic team, a Xhosa author and their choir conductor Siyabulela Sulelo to form the basis of a new opera. In May/June 2014, the Umculo team will rehearse this production with the choir and soloists in Cape Town. A partnership between the University of Cape Town´s College of Music, the South African National Youth Orchestra and Umculo will link a June/July winter course in baroque performance practice with the Comfort Ye production, linking both instrumental and vocal training to a development project with national reach and social goals. THE COST OF THIS COURSE IS DETERMINED BY UCT.

Durban in July 2014

This July, be blown away by some of South Africa’s best young musicians live in concert. As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, the National Youth Wind Orchestra will be wowing audiences in Durban. Hear everything from Star Wars to West Side Story, conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire.

The National Youth Wind Orchestra will play at

  • the Vodacom Durban July on 5 July at 15:20
  • Sasol Concert at Hilton College (at the Memorial Hall) on Tuesday, 8 July at 18:30 – for tickets (R40) please email 0832722117
  • Sasol Concert at Durban Music School on Wednesday, 9 July at 18:00 for tickets (R40) please email or call 0832722117The programme includes some of our favourites including the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, the Festive Overture by Shostakovich and a brand new piece written for the orchestra by South African composer Keith Moss.

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CAPE TOWN AND TOUR 26 November – 7 December – Sasol December Course for the 50th Anniversary Symphony
Fifty members of the National Youth Orchestra for 2014 will play alongside 50 alumni spanning our proud 50 year history. Performances will start in Cape Town and end in Johannesburg.

JOHANNESBURG: Thursday 12 December at 18:00 at the Gordon Institute of Business Science

Come for sundowners and the famous food at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and listen to the world’s most beautiful music performed by the National Youth Orchestra, lead by the young Swedish conductor Fredrik Burstedt. Rare portraits of Nelson Mandela will be on exhibition courtesy of The Liliesleaf Trust Limited seats are available for this concert as part of the countrywide memorial events for Madiba.

In the holidays the National Youth Orchestra Foundation hosts courses for South Africa’s top young classical musicians, and at the end of each course the orchestra performs a series of concerts to showcase their work. Sasol have partnered with the Foundation for over 35 years and were the recipient of the Business and Arts South Africa Business Day Award for Youth Development in 2013 for their contribution to the arts.

The National Youth Orchestra has their 50th birthday next year, and this year is the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth. To celebrate, the orchestra is performing Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, composed as a birthday present to his wife, Cosima. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870, by a small ensemble of the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich on the stairs of their villa at Tribschen (today part of Lucerne), Switzerland.
The year also marks the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, one of the most celebrated cultural figures of the 20th century. The orchestra will be playing his Sinfonietta Op.1, scored for strings and winds – a piece rarely heard in South Africa.
A highlight on the programme is Antonin Dvorak’s String Serenade, a much-loved classic for string orchestra. The musicians are lead by the young Swedish conductor and star violinist Fredrik Burstedt.
The concert is generously supported by Sasol and the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Tickets for the dinner and concert are a steal at R200 per person and can be book by going to

JOHANNESBURG: Friday 13 December at 11:30

Limited seats are available for this concert as part of the countrywide memorial events for Nelson Mandela. Tickets are R60 and include a tour of the museum at Liliesleaf Farm. For bookings contact Yolande von Benecke:

Tel: +27 11 803 7882
Fax: +27 11 803 7893
Physical Address: 7 George Avenue, Rivonia, Johannesburg, South Africa Postal Address: P O Box 10269, Rivonia, 2128

SASOLBURG: Friday 13 December at 19:00 at the Etienne Rousseau Theatre – contact Liezel Weber +27 16 960 7334 or for more info.

PRETORIA: Sunday 15 December at 15:00 at the ZK Matthews Hall, Unisa – contact the National Youth Orchestra for more info.

Start your holiday off on the right note by coming to the National Youth Orchestra’s Sunday afternoon Summer Concert. The programme includes works by Britten and Wagner who both celebrate anniversaries this year (look forward to Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Elsa’s Procession from Lohengrin; and Britten’s Courtly Dances from Gloriana and his Sinfonietta Op.1). International conductors Adam Cooke (Ireland) and Fredrik Burstedt (Sweden) conduct our country’s most promising young artists in a concert that promises to be a highlight on the classical music calendar. The concert is generously supported by Sasol, the Unisa Music Foundation and Business and Arts South Africa.

Tickets are available through Computicket and for more information contact

Tickets range from R60-R130.

4-12 July 2013 – Amsterdam Ensemble

South Africa Tour

Grahamstown: Thursday 4 July at 15:00 the Kingswood College Chapel, Grahamstown as part of the National Arts Festival – thank you for the standing ovations and a special thank you to Standard Bank Young Artist for 2013 Runette Botha for singing with us!

George: Friday 5 July at 19:30 email us for tickets at – a big thank you to the George Arts Theatre for being so wonderful and welcoming.

Cape Town: Sunday 7 July at 15:30 as part of the Hugo Concert Series – thank you to Hlengiwe Mkwanazi for her musicality and to the Hugo Concert Series for hosting us.

Pretoria: Thursday 11 July 18:00 for 18:30  at Laughing Chefs @ Lucit 200pp including dinner – call Maggie on 0828237846 to reserve your spot!

Johannesburg: Friday 12 July at 19:00 at Glenshiel – email Saul at for tickets


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5-15 December 2013 – National Youth Orchestra Summer Course

National Youth Orchestra conducted by Fredrik Burstedt (Sweden)

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Sasol | National Youth Orchestra Winter Course Concerts

National Youth Orchestra conducted by Gérard Korsten

Sibelius Symphony No. 2, Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis and the premiere of a work by SA composer Robert Fokkens.

Thurs 27 June 19:00 at the Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth – get tickets

Sat 29 June 11:00 at the Guy Butler Theatre as part of the National Arts Festival – get tickets

National Youth Concert Orchestra conducted by Juan Munoz (SA/ Chile)

A programme with Dvorak, Smetana, J. Strauss and

Thurs 27 June 15:00 at the Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth – free entrance

Fri 28 June 15:00 at the Kingswood College Sports Hall, Grahamstown – get tickets



JOHANNESBURG 27 January – 15:00 at the Linder Auditorium, Parktown for the opening of the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival – SOLD OUT

PRETORIA 28 January – 19:30 at the ZK Mathews Hall, Unisa in Pretoria as part of the Unisa Music Foundation concert series –  tickets are available at Computicket
DURBAN 29 January – 19:30 at the City Hall in Durban to celebrate the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic’s 3oth anniversary – tickets are available at Computicket
STELLENBOSCH 31 January – 20:00 at the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch University as part of the Endler Concert Series – bookings are at Computicket
CAPE TOWN 1 February – 19:30 at the New Apostolic Church Silvertown Auditorium in Athlone – tickets available at Computicket



National Youth Orchestra – Summer Course – 6-16 December in Cape Town

  • Our NATIONAL YOUTH WIND ORCHESTRA – back by popular demand with Bjørn Breistein
  • Our first advanced NATIONAL YOUTH STRING ORCHESTRA – for grade 8s and up – with Fredrik Burstedt
Friday 14 December 2012 at 19:00 – Curro Langebaan tickets will be available at the door. If you would like a reminder, please email us
Sunday 16 December 2012 at 15:00 – Groote Kerk – tickets available at Computicket. If you would like a reminder, please email us

COURSE: National Youth Brass Ensemble Course 15-22 June in Johannesburg with Mark Hampson

CONCERT: 22 June at 18:00 at the Wozani Block, Wits Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg.

Door donation for music education.

COURSE: Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course 22 June – 1 July in Johannesburg with the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Concert Orchestra


CONCERTS (afternoon and evening):

Saturday, 30 June at the Linder Auditorium

15:00 National Youth Concert Orchestra

Come to an exhilarating performance, sponsored by Sasol, by South Africa`s most talented young musicians, under the baton of Canadian conductor Scott Gabriel. The theme for this afternoon`s performance is “Heroes and Anti-heroes” – come prepared for a journey through some of the worlds most adventurous and exhilarating music, including Copland`s Fanfare for the Common Man, Beethoven`s Coriolan Overture, Bernstein`s Candide Overture and many more surprises. This year`s National Youth Concert Orchestra – Sasol Concert is not to be missed! All profits from ticket sales go towards music education for young South Africans. Bring the kids – and dress them up as their favourite hero or anti-hero!  BUY TICKETS HERE

20:00 The National Youth Orchestra Sasol Concert

An exhilarating performance by our most talented young musicians, under the baton of Argentinian conductor Christian Baldini. On the programme is the splendid First Symphony by Sibelius, the romantic overture Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky and the majestic overture to Die Meistersinger by Wagner – and expect a few surprises too. Love music? Love being South African? Love getting dressed up? Come to an exhilarating performance by South Africa`s most talented young musicians. This year`s National Youth Orchestra Sasol Concert is not to be missed!  BUY TICKETS HERE

Sunday, 1 July at the Musaion, University of Pretoria (afternoon performance)

15:00 The National Youth Orchestras with top SA artists Judith Sephuma, Samson Diamond, Charl du Plessis 

To raise funds for the National Youth Orchestra Foundation (this helps us to provide assistance to young musicians who do not have the resources to have the right instruments, get transport to courses, further their education), we are joined by some fantastic guest artists in 2012 who are giving their time and talent in aid of the Foundation:We will be performing an exciting and varied programme with guest artists from the abstract electronica band A Hollow in the Land, the eclectic latin, swing, classical and funk Charl du Plessis Trio and afro-jazz diva Judith Sephuma. Thank you to our wonderful guest artists for donating their time to make beautiful music for the great cause of music education!Thank you to the University of Pretoria for hosting us and thank you to Sasol for supporting the concert – you make it all possible!
Door donation for music education. Please arrive early – limited seats!

Umculo/Cape Festival production with members of the NYO: Fairy Queen opera by Henry Purcell, conducted by Gerben Grooten 23 March – 2 April in Johannesburg and Cape Town


We boast a merit-based, anonymous audition process

Bloemfontein – 23 February

Cape Town/Stellenbosch – 15-18 February

Durban – 13 February

Grahamstown – 21 February

Johannesburg – 9 February, 28 February

Port Elizabeth – 20 February

Potchefstroom – 24 February

Pretoria – 10 February, 27 February

National Youth Wind Orchestra course 4-14 December 2011, Port Elizabeth

The National Youth Wind Orchestra perform at the Feathermarket Hall on 14 December at 19:30

The National Youth Wind Orchestra is made up of a selection of South Africa`s most talented young musicians. Come and experience an exhilarating performance led by top conductor Bjorn Breistein from Norway. The programme includes the exquisite Symphony in B flat by German composer Paul Hindemith, West Side Story by the famous Leonard Bernstein and for local-is-lekker flavour: Afrodyllic by Noel Stockton.


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Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course: 27 June – 7 July 2011, Johannesburg

National Youth Concert Orchestra 14:00 on 6 July 2011 – The Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg

National Youth Orchestra Sasol Concert 20:00 on 6 July 2011 – The Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg

Benjamin Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Shostakovich Symphony No.9

conducted by Gerben Grooten (the Netherlands)

National Youth Concert Orchestra 19:30 on 7 July 2011 – The Musaion, University of Pretoria

Concerts with visiting Swiss youth orchestra

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Bern Conservatory Youth Orchestra and members of the South African National Youth Orchestra
conductor Ingo Becker (Switzerland)
soloist Milena Wilke (Germany)
20:00 on 14 April – The Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg
16:30 on 17 April – The Endler Hall, Stellenbosch
13:00 on 18 April – The Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium, Paarl

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National Youth Orchestra:Strings – Sasol Concert at the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg on 30 August 2010 at 20:00.

The NYO:Strings will be conducted by the young Finnish conductor, Nikke Isomöttönen, and the programme includes Britten’s Simple Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Dorothy Masuku’s Pata Pata. We would like to thank the National Arts Festival for the opportunity to have our course and concerts for the NYO:Strings at this year’s festival.

Tickets R60/R40 available at the door. For more information call 083 272 2117 or email

Our National Youth Orchestra: Wind, Brass and Percussion programme is from 24 September – 3 October in Cape Town. This programme will focus on wind bands and percussion ensemble playing. We will be entering the ensembles into the Stellenbosch Ensemble Competition. Open to all musicians aged between 13-25.

Our summer Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course 2010 from 5-15 December in Durban hosted by the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course 2010 will take place in Durban. It will be the third SA National Youth Orchestra Foundation programme for 2010, and we will be celebrating our 46th year. It will be an intensive programme filled with challenges and fun for the National Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Concert Orchestra. Open to all musicians aged between the ages of 13-25.

Recorded auditions for all Nationals events will be held in April by the traveling audition team – you need to prepare a study and a piece of your choice, of minimum grade 6 level, not exceeding five minutes in total. For more comprehensive audition guidelines click here. Application forms will be available from 22 February 2010 on, or email us on

Our winter National Youth Orchestra: Strings programme from 21 June -1 July in Grahamstown with additional concerts in August 2010 in Johannesburg

Concerts in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival (all bookings through

24 June at 19:00 at the Monument Auditorium:

NYO:Strings will play Dvorak’s 9th Symphony “From the New World” with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cock.

29 June 12:00 at the Commemoration Church

NYO:Strings play a baroque programme with John Coulter (harpsichord) lead by Fredrik Burstedt (violin)

30 June 16:30 at the Monument Fountain Foyer

A free concert by the NYO:Strings of the very best string orchestra repertoire.

1 July 15:15 at the Cathedral

NYO:Strings with Fredrik Burstedt on the podium.

The National Youth Orchestra: Strings session will be held in Grahamstown with the kind support of the National Arts Festival. It is open to all young string players between the ages of 18-25, and is set to be an exhilarating, jam-packed week of advanced string playing and experience. Thirty-two string players will be selected based on our national recorded auditions in April. The orchestra will be conducted by Fredrik Burstedt and top string tutors will be at the course.

The National Youth Orchestra:Strings will also perform with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Richard Cock, for their concerts at the National Arts Festival, and will do three performances of their own in Grahamstown. This is an ideal opportunity to launch a professional career, experience what professional orchestral playing is all about, and learn about the fantastic world of string orchestras. You will be challenged with repertoire ranging from the baroque period to a pops programme. Further performances for this ensemble, including the annual Sasol National Youth Orchestra Concert, are planned for July.

National Youth Orchestras Concerts

The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation offered a very full concert programme in 2009. All of the orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra, the National Concert Orchestra, the National Wind Orchestra and the National String Orchestra, performed in Pretoria and Johannesburg on 2 and 3 July 2009. In addition to the annual July concert programme, the South African National Youth Orchestra performed in Stellenbosch in December. More details on all programmes are listed below.

The NYO performed at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch on 9 December 2009 at 20:00.

The programme included South African works by Mokale Koapeng, Peter Klatzow and Robert Fokkens and the Russian masterpiece by Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade. It was conducted with flair by Fredrik Burstedt. Thank you to the Konservatorium at Stellenbosch University for making this concert possible, to the Andrag family for generously hosting Mr. Burstedt and to Annemie Apffelstaedt for your kind help around the course.

The National Youth Orchestra conducted by Stefan Solyom,  performed the Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2 with Junnan Sun, winner of last year’s Ronnie and Rhona Lubner Competition, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. The concert was opened by the National Youth String Orchestra with Samson Diamond (violin) and Innocentia Diamond (cello) as soloists at the Linder Auditorium, 2 July 2009.

The National Youth Concert Orchestra performed the Poulenc Double Piano Concerto with acclaimed piano duo, Laura Pauna and Cara Hesse, on 2 July 2009 at the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg.

The National Youth Wind Orchestra performedunder the baton of Laszlo Marosi and the National Youth String Orchestra performed with Tinus Botha (piano). A most exciting performance was the  massed youth orchestra, made up of all of the South African National Youth Orchestras. They blew everyone away with Abba and Queen at the Aula, University of Pretoria, on 3 July 2009.

Chamber Concert Series

The innovative and vibrant Clockwise Duo performed at the ZK Mathews Hall, Unisa, on 25 June 2009. Marc Uys (violin) and Jacqueline Kerrod (harp) in Clockwise, a duo that has captured the imagination of South Africans,  were joined by Samson Diamond (violin), Jeanne-Louise Moolman (viola), Marian Lewin  (cello), and Leon Bosch (double bass) to play the world premiere of Paul Hanmer’s  Koalabearhugging Hats; de Falla/Kochanski; Béla Bartók/Szigeti and Debussy.

Trio Hemanay performed on 26 June 2009 at the Musaion, University of Pretoria. The acclaimed Trio Hemanay– Marian Lewin (cello), Helen Vosloo (flute) and Malcolm Nay (piano) — had everyone dancing to Piazzolla tangos and charmed the audience with a Mendelssohn trio and a new piece by Neo Muyanga depicting the love affair between Antony and Cleopatra.

JC Jacobs performed his Cello Recital on 29 June 2009 at the Miriam Makeba Auditorium, Unisa. Charismatic prizewinning cellist JC Jacobs, the winner of the 1st Ronnie and Rhona Lubner Solo Competition Prize (recently returned from America) gave a recital of the Brahms Cello Sonata in E minor; Le Grand Tango by Piazzolla, and Elfentanz by David Popper. Mr Jacobs was joined by Dana Cilliers at the piano.