Youth Concerto Festival tonight

2009-09-24 00:00

THE award-winning KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band, which recently returned from Vienna with a gold medal, will perform at the Durban City Hall as part of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra‘s National Youth Concerto Festival at 7.30 pm tonight.

The festival forms part of Celebrate Durban and features the cream of young South African musicians, including eight artists who were selected to perform at the concert from 60 candidates who auditioned at five centres around the country. Conductor for the evening is Lykele Temmingh.

The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Ban, conducted by Werner Dannewitz, won gold at the 38th International Youth & Music Festival – Youth & Music in Vienna. It scored 93% and beat the United States and China by 11 points, making it one of the best youth wind orchestras in the world. More than 1 000 young musicians from eight countries took part in the four-day competition, during which all competitors performed Candide Overture by Leonard Bernstein.

Speaking to The Witness, Dannewitz said: “I hope that this achievement will finally convince our city fathers and politicians in control of our diverse province to take note of and support financially the very important youth music development which takes place at the Durban Music School and through the KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band by making an annual financial commitment towards the skills development training of many previously disadvantaged pupils.”

The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band, which is made up of 42 talented young music students from KZN, half of whom are from previously disadvantaged communities, receive their musical training at the Durban Music School, and perform a range of music from classical to modern, jazz, swing band and African township music.

Before tonight’s concert there will be a talk at the Royal Hotel at 6.15 pm. Admission is R30 and light refreshments are served.

• The National Youth Concerto Festival is part of the KZNPO’s World Symphony Series Spring Season, which takes place every Thursday at the Durban City Hall at 7.30 pm until November 12. To book phone 083 915 8000. Safe and subsidised parking is available at the Royal Hotel on concert nights.

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