National Youth Orchestra concert to set the stage on fire in Langebaan

National Youth Orchestra concert to set the stage on fire in Langebaan

This December, tap your feet to the magical sounds of the South African National Youth Orchestra (NYO) as they perform two concerts for music lovers. Residents and visitors to the West Coast town of Langebaan will get to see these talented youngsters on Friday December 14 at the Curro School. The concert programme will include a variety of compositions from Strauss and Husa to Holst. A highlight will be the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. The next concert will be in n Cape Town on Sunday December 16.
The National Youth Orchestras play a crucial role in the development of young musicians, and the wind orchestra and string orchestra showcased in December are the only two national ensembles of their kind in the country.

The Norwegian Bjørn Breistein will conduct the National Youth Wind Orchestra and Swedish Fredrik Burstedt will conduct the National Youth Wind Orchestra. Both are back by popular demand to conduct our young musicians. “I am excited to be back in South Africa for the third consecutive year to lead the National Youth Wind Orchestra and look forward to introduce music by my favourite contemporary composers to the musicians and audiences,” said Breistein.

For more than half a century, the NYO has provided a platform for talented musicians to hone their skills through its training and development courses. Its legacy is far reaching with representation of alumni in top professional orchestras in South Africa and across the globe. Sasol has been supporting the NYO Foundation’s initiatives for more than 30 years.
“Sasol is passionate about unearthing and developing artistic talent in our country and through the NYO programmes, classic music continues to flourish among the South African youth,” says Pam Mudhray, Sasol Group Community Affairs Manager.

The wind and string orchestras will be formed during the Summer Course in Simon’s Town, which commenced on December 6 and will last until December 16. The 10-day course is designed to give a “booster shot” to South Africa’s national team of youth orchestras by immersing the players in a professional music environment to teach teamwork, discipline, technical skills, orchestral skills and instill in them a love of music that will last a lifetime. Friends met at orchestra courses are friends for life, and networking with musicians from across South Africa and with teachers from across the world helps every young career to flourish.

For Marvin Weavers, a young Cape Town-based violist, he enjoys every minute of being part of the NYO. “I am going to use this opportunity at the Summer Course to gain valuable experience and learn more about arts administration. I think we need many more people working in arts administration as it is imperative that classical music survives in South Africa”, says the young muso.

* The concert on Friday December 14 in Langebaan will start at 7pm. Tickets are R50 for adults and R25 for students and pensioners. Tickets will be on sale at the door, but to reserve call 0832722117, or send an email to
The concert on December 16 will take place at the Groote Kerk, Upper Adderley Street, Cape Town, at 3pm. Tickets are R100 for adults and R50 for students and pensioners. Book at Computicket.

For more information, call the National Youth Orchestra on 083 272 2117 or email the Nationals Team at
If you are a young musician between the ages of 13 and 25 and you play an orchestral instrument at least grade 6 music level, find out more about courses in 2013 by visiting