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Friday, January 29, 2016


Durban Auditions: February 27 at the Durban Music School

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra.

The orchestra is formed each year at the National Youth Orchestra Courses and comprises the top talent South Africa has to offer. Members include players from across the country, and are chosen on merit through anonymous auditions – the first, a recorded audition (held in audition centres across South Africa for acceptance to the orchestra courses) and the second, a behind screen audition at the orchestra course (for placement in the orchestra).

The National Youth Orchestra has supported the training and development of South Africa’s young musicians through its courses and development programmes for over half a century. Its legacy is far reaching with representation of alumni in top professional orchestras in South Africa and around the globe. In recent years, it has been funded by the National Lotteries Commission and the SAMRO Foundation, among others.

This year the National Youth Orchestra will team up with the Academy of Sound Engineering in an exciting new partnership for the first round of their auditions, wherestudents from the ASE will record the first round auditions.

This year the Foundation boasts a whole series of Nationals courses and programmes for top young orchestral musicians under 25. The courses help to prepare young people with the skills to perform in a professional musical environment, and introduce them to a necessary network of fellow musicians, both student and professional. It is also about fostering a love for music and performing with an orchestra, and all of the benefits that come with it – teamwork, discipline, achievement, and joy.

The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will take place from July 11 to 17 in Cape Town. This is an intensive programme filled with challenges and excitement for the National Youth Orchestra: this year the musicians will perform Mahler’s Fifth Symphony conducted by Polish conductor Ewa Strusinska.

The advanced National Youth Wind Orchestra and National Youth String Orchestra Course runs from December 8 to 17 in Johannesburg.

Durban auditions will take place on February 27 at the Durban Music School.

The National Youth Orchestra is funded by The National Lotteries Commission.

For more information contact Sophia Welz, Managing Director at the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation on 083 272 2117 or email: or visit