Maintaining an orchestra for five decades may be a major financial and administrative feat, but finding players for as ambitious a work as Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ certainly doesn’t seem to be.
While mainstream musical taste is slowly being drowned in the mindless repetition of thud-thud trance and the big buttock-worshipping lyrical nausea of modern pop, this small but fiercely present corner of a corner of South Africa’s music scene is not dwindling into insignificance as so many predicted. On the contrary, the youth are determinedly and voluntarily keeping it alive year after year – and attracting international attention in the process.
The sound of a familiar symphony in ragged bits and pieces haltingly fills up a Cape Town NG Kerksaal on a Thursday morning as, one by one, the members of the South African National Youth Orchestra (SANYO) arrive, hollow-eyed and bleating for coffee but cheerfully early, for rehearsal.
This routine is nonchalantly passeacute but-in-a-cool-way for those who’ve made an annual pilgrimage out of “Nationals” – a week-long intensive orchestra workshop that sees 80 to 100 youngsters preparing a challenging classical repertoire with a respected foreign conductor culminating in a series of prestigious concerts. For others,…
Source : Daily Maverick