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Friday, December 16, 2011


Sakhile Humbane (15) is a young piccolo player from Durban and is attending his second orchestra course run by the National Youth Orchestra Foundation. He loves his instrument (and this year has noted that it was a great choice, as it is much more portable than a tuba!) His music education is sponsored by the KZNPO and he plays for the KZN Youth Wind Band. He is taught by National Youth Orchestra alumna, Lisa Hooper.

Sakhile loves expressing himself through his music, the enjoyment it brings and the ability to entertain people. He comes to the National Youth Orchestra courses to meet other musicians from across the country, and tutors from across the world, and to learn about orchestral music. Learning different styles of music and making new friends is the main reason he's looking forward to the next course.

"What does music mean to me?” he says. “Expressing myself through music, enjoying myself and entertaining people - what more is there? The National Youth Orchestra should be a platform for young inspired musicians to learn to grown more and to gain orchestra experience. It's improving my playing because I get ensemble training and you learn new repertoire."

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