PMB clarinetist performs with KZNPO

2017-05-24 06:03
Photo: SuppliedMusician Kirsten Sayers (clarinet) and her pupil, Rachel Luyt (saxophone) performed at the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) over the weekend.

Photo: SuppliedMusician Kirsten Sayers (clarinet) and her pupil, Rachel Luyt (saxophone) performed at the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) over the weekend.

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CELEBRATED musician Kirsten Sayers (clarinet) and her pupil, Rachel Luyt (saxophone) performed with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) over the weekend.

For the 33-year-old Pietermaritzburg-born musician, Sayers said she has been fortunate that her passion for music has turned into a career.

“Music became an interest while I was at school. I am an old girl of The Wykeham Collegiate in Pietermaritzburg. I had started with the recorder and then progressed to the clarinet at the age of eight. I think what kept me with music as a child was that I enjoyed it.”

The KZNPO is a full-time orchestra with 60 musicians.
“We perform everywhere. School concerts, old-age homes, symphony concerts and a host of others where we share music with people from all walks of life.

“Besides my duties with KZNPO, I am a member of a light jazz and Dixie band called Platform Jazz. I love everything about the band, and audience have often said they're not sure who's having the most fun, the listeners or us on stage.
“I also teach and have 14 pupils in my studio and I enjoy every aspect I'm involved in with my music and instrument.”

Speaking about her pupil Sayers said: “Rachel and I have been working together since she was in Grade 6. She's now in Grade 10 at St Mary's DSG in Kloof. We have a great time together, and over the years I've seen her blossom into a lovely young lady.

“She's always prepared and works hard during lessons and does much practicing. Rachel has a stable musicality and is thorough in her technique. In our lessons, we do a lot of scales and other technical exercises, which ensure she has the facility required to perform in the best way.
“Apart from her participation in the cultural side of her school life, she is also a member of the KZN Youth Wind Band.
“Last month the band went on a tour to New York and performed in Carnegie Hall.
“This was a special opportunity, one which she will never forget.”

When asked about the KZN Young Performers Concert with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Sayers said: “Many young people come to audition for this concert hosted by the KZNPO and the Durban branch of the South African Society of Music Teachers. There is an audition panel comprised of experts in our field.

“They decide who is best, and who will get the opportunity to play soloist with the KZNPO. This is the first time our young KZN musicians get to experience the pressure of an audition.
“Upon a successful audition, the young musicians work closely with the orchestra in rehearsal and then perform with us.”

Sayers message to the youth: “Find the thing that makes you happy, that thing which makes your heart sing, that's the thing for you, stick with it and everything will work out in the end.”

 

She's always prepared and works hard during lessons and does much
practicing.
Rachel has
a stable musicality and is thorough in her technique. In our lessons, we do a lot of scales and
other technical exercises,
which ensure she has the
facility required to perform in the best way.

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