A feast of sound at Youth Music Festival

LAST week St Andrew’s College and Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) hosted the annual Youth Music Festival which includes choirs, orchestras, solo performances, jazz band and marimba bands for schools across Grahamstown.

The Youth Music Festival got off to an excellent start last Tuesday afternoon with two brilliant choral concerts. The junior choir festival included six choirs from DSG Junior School, Graeme College, Kingswood College, St Andrew’s Preparatory School and Victoria Girls’ Primary School. There were some startlingly charming and competent performances which bode very well for the future of choral singing in Grahamstown.

In the evening, there were five choirs performing in the senior choir festival. St Andrew’s, DSG, Graeme College and Victoria Girls’ High School were very well-represented. There was some excellent singing and the highlights included the VGHS “operatic” performances and the sublime beauty of the Saints’ Singers.

Last Wednesday morning the auditorium of the David Wynne Music School was packed with pupils, parents and teachers all listening to young soloists of varying playing levels and instruments.

The Wednesday evening witnessed the Senior Ensemble Concert at 7pm. This event was largely overshadowed by ensembles from the St Andrew’s and DSG music school with St Andrew’s and DSG fielding no less than four string groups, a contemporary band and a jazz ensemble.

Certainly the audience were entertained by a wide variety of musical styles.

The only visiting outfit was the “Say Something Quintet” from the Access Music Project. Certainly the audience were entertained by a wide variety of musical styles.

On Thursday afternoon at the Junior Orchestral Concert there were three marimba bands, two orchestras and a string ensemble on show. In the evening a short concert was started very well by the St Andrew’s wind orchestra who performed a medley of songs by the rock band Queen. This was followed by two marimba bands and another orchestra.

The gala concert on the Friday night was a collection of some of the highlights from throughout the week and included: a bagpipe solo, the SAC/DSG string orchestra, the Victoria Primary School choir, Samuel Ntsiko Primary Marimba Band, Emily Morgan (DSG) on piano, Liye Ralo (VGHS) singing solo, VGHS choir, “Say Something Quintet”, Ben Terry (SAP) on cello, Asive Ngcebetsha (DSG) on violin and finally the St Andrew’s and DSG chapel choir.

“Many thanks to the literally hundreds of performers and their teachers. Thanks to the audience members for their support and congratulations to Johan Pretorius on another successful Youth Music Festival,” St Andrew’s and DSG said in a statement.


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