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posted on 03 December 2012


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 get to see these talented youngsters on Friday 14 December at the Curro School. The concert programme includes a variety of compositions from Strauss and Husa to Holst. A highlight is the Mozart Sinfonia  Concertante for Violin and Viola. The next concert will be in n Cape Town on Sunday 16 December


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.


Pam Mudhray, Sasol Group Community Affairs Manager said, “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.”


The wind and string orchestras will be formed during the Summer Course in Simon’s Town, from 6-16 December. This 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”.







Purchase tickets at:

14 December 2012

Curro School in Langebaan


The door or call the NYO on 083 2722 117


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 our courses in 2013 by visiting our website