THE KwaZulu-Natal Youth Orchestra (KZNYO) will grace East London with a melodic repertoire on Wednesday evening at the Guild Theatre at 7.30pm.
The orchestra is made up of dedicated young musicians between the ages of 11 and 19. from all over the KZN Province.
KZNYO chairwoman, Lisa Welthagen said that all the young musicians need a Grade 5 level in music.
“Acceptance into the orchestra following an audition means full commitment from every child to attend all rehearsals and performances, as well as constant practice outside of rehearsals,” Welthagen said.
Music lovers can expect to hear classical favourites such as Dance of the Hours and The Anvil Chorus by Verdi. Popular orchestral pieces will include Africa by Toto and music from the Harry Potter film series.
She said that “under the batons of Lyk Temmingh, Cathy Peacock, and several specialist tutors from the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra”, they work in different styles of music.
After their performance in East London, the orchestra will then proceed to Port Alfred for a charity concert and thereafter the National Grahamstown Arts Festival. This will be their second time partaking in the arts festival, the first being in 2015.
This year has also seen the KZNYO performing a sell-out concert for the third time with the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir in April, and a number of community concerts at retirement centres.
The auditions for the orchestra take place annually even if a child qualified the previous year. Annual membership fees and a committee of dedicated parents that do fundraising, assist these youngsters to attend concerts all over the country during the June/July school holidays.
“If some members can’t afford to cover costs for tours, we need to raise funds for them to attend. The policy is we go as an orchestra or nobody goes,” said Welthagen.
Their itinerary is as follows:
June 27 – Guild Theatre, East London at 7.30pm;
June 28 – Fundraiser for Rotary Port Alfred at Port Alfred High School at 7.30pm;
June 29 – Thomas Pringle Hall at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown at 6pm; and
June 30 – Thomas Pringle Hall at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown at 4pm.