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Saturday, June 15, 2013


The KZN Youth Orchestra will celebrate Youth Day today (June 15) at the Essenwood Craft Market on June 15. Spend a relaxing morning with the orchestra between 10h00 and 14h00. The orchestra members will also be busking around the Market to raise funds for their overseas trip.

The KZN Youth Orchestra comprises 62 young musicians aged 12 to 22 from around KZN. They meet weekly at St Mary's school in Kloof and perform and retirement complexes and in various concerts around KZN.

There are two sections to the KZN Youth Orchestra. The Shadow orchestra is a feeder orchestra and teaches youngsters who have a lower musical ability the art of playing in an ensemble. They then progress to the A orchestra. The repertoire of music is varied and encompasses musical styles from Baroque to contemporary and music with a local flavour!

This year the A orchestra will tour to Stellenbosch in July and to Germany in September. They recently performed in the National Creative Arts Youth Festival at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and in August they will perform at Mariannhill and with the Zululand Gospel choir at Empangeni for the local communities .

Anyone who has any unwanted and unused musical instruments at home, are asked to bring them to donate so that the orchestra can distribute these instruments to needy schools in KZN.

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