Instrument Repair

One of our passions at the National Youth Orchestra is our instruments – and we need to make sure they are looked after. The Instrument Repair Technicians project was started to make sure that we have instrument repair technicians being taught the craft of working with orchestral instruments – because if your instrument is broken, your heart is broken. This project is about all the best things for our future: job creation, skills development and having a passion for what we do.

Photo - Innocent Mokoena - Instrument Repair 2012

Timeline:

2009
INSTRUMENT REPAIR AT COURSE

Svend Christensen and Mika Clayton come to the National Youth Orchestra Course in June to teach young musicians about how to take care of their instruments and fix the instruments at the orchestra course.

2010
INSTRUMENT REPAIR AT COURSE

Svend Christensen and his student assistants at “Svend’s Violin” and a brass repair technician attend the National Youth Orchestra Course in December to fix instruments at the orchestra course and give workshops on instrument care. This is essential as many of our musicians from disadvantaged backgrounds are unable to afford instrument maintenance which hampers their development as musicians.

2011
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

Laetitia van Niekerk is given a scholarship funded by to continue her jewellery design degree at the Tshwane University of Technology and attend workshops and classes with the world’s best flute repair technicians and builders. This scholarship is repeated in 2012.

2012
INSTRUMENT REPAIR TRAINING EXCHANGE

Our first exchange with the Belgian Music Fund where three young instrument repair technicians, Bafana Baloyi, Katlego Malapane (also a cellist in the National Youth Orchestra) and Innocent Mokoena go for two and a half weeks to Maputo to do a course on string instrument repair with a top luthier from Belgium. More info included below.

EXPERT LECTURES AT COURSE

Dawne Haddad, one of South Africa’s top instrument makers, comes to the orchestra course in December and gives two fascinating lectures to the participants on the origin of the violin and a history of the top instrument makers as well as an in depth look at how the instruments are made.

2013
INSTRUMENT REPAIR TRAINING EXCHANGE

Katlego Malapane spent a month in Maputo on the Music Fund’s exchange programme. This was his second year and he is fortunate to be training with luthier Michele Dobner from Cremona.

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