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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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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.

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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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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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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 …