Collegiate musicians selected for National Youth Orchestra

2017-06-21 06:00
Shannon Hubbard and Naomi Boswell, learners at Collegiate Girls’ High School, have been chosen to form part of this year’s South African National Youth Orchestra.Photo:SUPPLIED

Shannon Hubbard and Naomi Boswell, learners at Collegiate Girls’ High School, have been chosen to form part of this year’s South African National Youth Orchestra.Photo:SUPPLIED

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HUNDREDS of young musicians audition every year for a coveted place in the South African National Youth Orchestra and only a select few are chosen to form part of the green and gold national team.

Collegiate Girls’ High School learners, clarinettist Naomi Boswell (17) and tenor saxophonist Shannon Hubbard (17), both pupils of Grant Snyman, an alumni of the National Youth Orchestra, are two of the talented young musicians who have been selected to participate in this year’s Wind Band course and performance that will take place in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown next month.

“I am so proud of my students and am glad that they have been given this wonderful opportunity,” said teacher Grant Snyman.

Hubbard said, “This will be my third time attending a National Wind Band course and I am so excited to make music with new and old friends.”

The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will take place from June 30 to July 9. This year they will be performing an array of Fantasia-inspired music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

The course is made possible through funding by the National Arts Festival, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Department of Music, National Lotteries Commission and the SAMRO Foundation.

The first of two performances will take place on July 7 at 1pm in the Monument Foyer at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The second will take place on July 9 at 3pm at the Savoy Theatre in Port Elizabeth.

Tickets are available at Computicket.

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