The green-and-gold National Youth Wind Orchestra, made up of our country’s leading young musicians from across the nation, is coming to Cape Town for their annual Summer Course in December. Their concerts are set to delight audiences in Cape Town and Langebaan on 13 and 14 December.
Over half a century of commitment to young musicians has made the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation the leader of the youth orchestral movement in the country. 2018 has seen a series of courses designed to empower young South Africans with musical knowledge and imagination, and instill in them a love of music and a dedication to the highest standards of performance. Other skills learned through playing in an orchestra help to develop the whole person, and will see each graduate of the programme equipped with soft skills, expanded networks and musical discipline for their futures.
Since the start of the National Youth Wind Orchestra in 2005, world-renowned wind band experts have worked with the top young South African musicians hailing from all parts of the country to attain the high standard we see today. The National Youth Wind Orchestra course aims to nurture and develop young wind and percussion players, and provide a platform young musicians to perform the crème de la crème of wind band music in a professional environment. In South Africa, where church and field band groups have been a long standing tradition in many communities, it is an ideal opportunity to fully expand on the vast amount of talent we have, and pave pathways to professional careers for our young musicians.
Their conductor, Bjørn Breistein (Norway), has worked with the band on and off since 2010. He brings with him to South Africa a love for contemporary music performance, a wealth of knowledge and a passion to see our young musicians thrive.
Look forward to a varied programme for the orchestra, including firm favourites like Bernstein’s On the Town, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Alfred Reed’s A Festive Overture. Experiencing the energy and enthusiasm of these talented young musicians live always leaves audience members with a spring in their step – come and be inspired!