Chamber Music for Change

The South African National Youth Orchestra is on a big hunt for current orchestra members and alumni, parents and teachers and classical music lovers who would be keen to play in, organise or provide venues for their “Chamber Music for Change” campaign. These chamber music concerts are planned to raise funds for bursaries for orchestra courses in 2016. The aim is to do 52 concerts, one for each year since the National Youth Orchestra started, and raise enough to cover bursaries for one year.

Chamber Music for Change

“I am interested in being part of the Chamber Music for Change project that will help raise funds for bursaries. When I needed a bursary last year the SANYO team were able to help me so I find it just to help others who may be in a position I was in.”
TM, Potchefstroom

We’d love every young South African musician, regardless of financial or geographical barriers, to be able to attend National Youth Orchestra programmes this year. Your sponsorship of a musician will contribute to continued musical excellence, quality education and national development. A bursary for a musician costs R5000 and to cover their transport to and from the course is an additional R2000. It is a life-changing contribution for each young musician as it links them up to opportunities to further their career, gives access to the best teaching in the world and, perhaps most importantly, gives them the joy of playing in the National Youth Orchestra.

So far concerts are planned in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Potchefstroom, Johannesburg and internationally in Birmingham (UK), New York (USA) and Gothenburg (Sweden).

An online campaign to raise funds has been set up on Givengain for donors who’d like to contribute to the cause:

The South African National Youth Orchestra was founded in 1964 with the goal of training and developing South Africa’s young musician through a series of national courses, national and international tours, workshops and master classes. The South African National Youth Orchestra has taken part in the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and has toured to Scotland, countries across Europe where they performed at prestigious festivals such as the Beethovenfest in Bonn, and even a performance on the Red Square in Moscow. It has been conducted by many international conductors and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a performance that was reported on on BBC Worldwide News.

We would like to thank the following volunteers who have already signed up to organise, play and host concerts:
Zietsies Guest House, Christchurch Arcadia, Adeleida Bingham, Amoré du Plessis, André Oosthuizen, Andrew Gilbert, Anika Keuck, Carl Ashford, Charl van der Merwe, Clare Loveday, Dineo Matsepe, Elzabé Zietsman, Ernst Müller, Felecia Roux, Frances Coetzer, Geoff Cox, George King, Ilkka Uurtimo, Jeffrey Armstrong, Keagan Gertse, Keenan Meyer, Lara Block, Lesley Jennings, Louise Lansdown, Lucy Strauss, Lynne Donson, Mareli Stolp, Michael Lawrenson, Mike Ford, Natalie Lawrenson, Nick Fidler, Nico Kruger, Nina Lawrenson, Nina Philips, Paul Richard, Renee Hartzenberg, Seena Yacoob, Shannon Cook, Stephanie Lawrenson, Thulani Mahloko, William Matthewson.

For more information on the Chamber Music for Change concerts, please contact:

South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation

Sophia Welz

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