Kwazulu-Natal Youth Orchestra Update 2015

I am thrilled to share the exciting news and achievements of the Kwazulu-Natal Youth Orchestra for 2015.

This year started off with a major success at our annual music Greystone Camp. The reintroduction of the Shadow orchestra grew the orchestra group by almost double to 78, the largest the KZNYO has ever been and augurs well for the future development and sustainability of the orchestra.

We also moved to our new home at the Durban Music School at 21 Diaconia Avenue, Durban. Here our members get to mix with other musically minded individuals and share their passion for music. The added facilities of parking, a safe bay for our trailer and a consistent environment that can accommodate both practice and concerts have been a tremendous benefit. Thank you to the Durban Music School for inviting us to share your magnificent facilities.

To date this year, Both the Main and the Shadow orchestra performed at a major concert staged at Crawford North Coast, as well as at Umhlanga College. This amazing evening, with over 300 children on the stage, was an excellent showcase of our talent. The shadow has already performed at Bill Buchanan and Doone Village. The response is amazing and we are invited to return year after year, clearly delighting many of the older folk with our wide repertoire of music.

I am especially delighted to report on the annual tour to the Grahamstown National Arts festival, an experience that will surely be a highlight for each young musician’s career. To play amidst the plethora of truly gifted musicians and artists in this culturally rich environment was both exciting and enriching. En route, our tour to the Eastern Cape included playing concerts at Port Alfred, Keiskamma Music Academy, the National Arts Festival and Adelaide.

The tour group comprised 45 talented young musicians from the KZNYO, the premier youth orchestra of the province. This developmental youth orchestra is made up of youngsters between the ages of 12 and 22. The members are not professional musicians, but rather, young people with a love for music, who take music as a subject at school or as an extra-mural pursuit, and who perform their repertoire with flair and accomplishment. The orchestra contributes significantly to their musical development.
The orchestra meets once a week for rehearsals and performs approximately 20 public concerts throughout the year to a variety of audiences. Apart from gala performances, there is a strong emphasis on community outreach initiatives, concerts for the elderly and concerts for the youth. Their repertoire ranges from classical to pop to traditional South African music composed especially for them by local musicians.

The KZNYO have performed alongside the likes of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Estonian Chamber Orchestra, Bremen Youth Orchestra, KZN Youth Choir, Haringey Young Musicians and Big Band, the Parlotones, Soweto Music Conservatory and Busk Aid. They have toured successfully to the Stellenbosch International Chamber Festival and to Germany.

Today, at their final performance for the year under the baton of Maestro Lyk Temmingh, their musical tour will transport you around the world! These vibrantly talented young musicians will get your hands clapping and feet tapping!

In conclusion but with great appreciation, I would like to acknowledge all our supporters and parents for your unwavering commitment to your children and their musical development of our province. I would especially like to thank City Logistics for their on-going annual support plus together with NMI for their generous and additional sponsorships of the tour coach as well as AquaMice for their sponsorship of the trailer.

The future of our music in the province is in good hands and we are abundant in talent and ongoing commitment.

Today is about acknowledging our youth and their dedication and commitment and we thanks you for joining us in this appropriate salute to their talent.

Yours in music
Amanda Clay-Smith


Eastern Cape Tour



Annual Gala Concert