South African Composers

As part of SANYOF’s key objectives, the National Youth Orchestras perform South African works in each programme.

We have had a partnership with NewMusicSA 2009-2011, and in 2012/13 the SAMRO Foundation has commissioned two works for string orchestra and wind orchestra, continuing a long tradition of commissions for the National Youth Orchestra. We perform regularly with top South African artists that bring their own homegrown music with them, in 2012 including Judith Sephuma and the Charl du Plessis Trio.

2013 has brought on an exciting project with the SAMRO Foundation supporting our young composers to do an exciting new project with 5fm for December. Watch this space!

NewMusicSA and the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation team up to promote South African music and composers

NewMusicSA is the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). It runs the New Music Indaba festival (which includes the ‘Growing Composers workshops‘ where experienced professional composers work with those emerging in the field) and the Unyazi festival of electronic music. Under the auspices of the ISCM, NewMusicSA also administers a composer residency programme with the Visby International Centre for Composers (VICC) in Gotland, Sweden and selects pieces to represent South Africa at the annual ISCM World Music Days international festival.
From 2009-2011, as part of our developing partnership in promoting new South African music, New Music South Africa (NMSA) and the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation (SANYOF) have invited composers to submit works to be considered for SANYOF courses each year. The response has been overwhelming, and entries are improving in quantity and quality each year. We are very excited about the possibilities for performing a lot more quality South African music in the future.

Want to know more about NewMusicSA?
NewMusicSA is an organization that aims to support and provide opportunities for South African composers. It is the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). Their relationship with the ISCM (the oldest and most important international composers’ organization in the world) provides important links to the global community of composers for our members.NewMusicSA runs two successful festivals: The New Music Indaba and the Unyazi Festival of Electronic Music. The New Music Indaba incorporates the ‘Growing Composers Workshops’ where new compositions by emerging composers are tried out and discussed by workshop participants, experienced musicians and professional composers. Their link to the ISCM helps us to run composer exchange projects with other countries.
NewMusicSA also publishes regular monthly e-newsletters and an annual Bulletin magazine for its users in addition to maintaining a popular website They regularly send information about composition competitions and other opportunities to their members. We would highly recommend anyone would wishes to become part of the community of composers in South Africa to join NewMusicSA.

Works selected in previous years:

Timon Wapenaar – Izinjazam
Peter Klatzow – Peach Blossoms
Robert Fokkens – Strobe

Dan Selsick – Hymn
Martin Watt – Rhapsody

John Simon – Late Gothic Overture

A concerts featuring works by and for Judith Sephuma, Charl du Plessis and Samson Diamond was performed in June.