KZN Youth Orchestra’s gala concert

2013-09-23 00:00

HAVING just returned from a triumphant tour of northern Germany, the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Orchestra (KZNYO) will be showcasing their talent locally with a year-end Gala Concert on September 29.

The concert, to be held at the Jewish Club in Durban at 5 pm, will feature the Youth Orchestra’s tour programme. This includes three original new South African works, as well as traditional classical music and recognisable African rhythms.

Attendance is free, but donations in the donation box would be welcome.

The orchestra comprises the best of young musical talent in the province, and is open to all KZN youth between the ages of 12 and 25. They perform under the baton of maestro Lyk Temmingh, who is the resident conductor with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom the youth orchestra is affiliated.

The orchestra’s tour to Germany involved a week-long musical collaboration between the KZNYO and the city of Bremen, Germany, with which Durban is twinned. This culminated with their peforming to an audience of 17 000 at the 25th anniversary of the annual open-air concert “Musik and Licht am Hollersee”.

The orchestra also toured to other cities in northern Germany, including Jena, Weimar and Leipzig, and performed at venues such as the University of Jena, which is the oldest university in Germany.

“This tour was an opportunity of a lifetime,” said KNZYO member Sarah Camp (15). “Not only did we have the experience of performing in fantastic venues, but we were also hosted by members of various German youth orchestras.”

• Auditions for the 2014 KZN Youth Orchestra will be held on October 11 and 12 at St Mary’s School, Kloof. Phone Beth on 071 948 5763, e-mail, or visit the KZNYO website for details.

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