Young wind musicians debut at festival

The Cape Town Philharmonic Wind Ensemble (CPYWE) and the Junior Wind Ensemble (CPYJWE) will give a concert in the Clock Tower precinct of the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, February 27, from 7pm. The event will be the debut performance of the CPJWE musicians, some of whom are as young as ten.

Both bands – made up of 40 members each – will play in the “A Taste of Belgium” festival under the direction of conductor Faan Malan.

The programme comprises concert marches, medleys of popular songs and the latest hits. The concert will also feature local singer and song writer, Jannie du Toit, and Belgian cabaret singer, Kathleen Aerts.

Mr Malan said these talented young musicians – mostly between the ages of ten and 24 and coming from areas that stretch from Mitchell’s Plain to Durbanville – receive intensive weekly training at the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Academy at Rhodes High School in Mowbray.

“Many of them came to the wind ensembles with nothing more than talent, and we, thanks to sponsorship of instruments, have been able to turn that gift into what could well become a career,” he said.

The CPO’s projects, which include the CP Youth Orchestra and strings ensembles, two wind ensembles and the Masidlale grassroots projects with youngsters from the townships to Atlantis, reach hundreds of children each year.

This, says CPO’s youth development and education manager, Laurika Steenkamp, “offers a chance for talented musicians to excel, as well a healthy alternative for those who did not previously have access to quality music education. “

* For more information, call Laurika Steenkamp at 021 410 9809 or email laurika@cpo.org.za