After a successful March concert we return to Trinityhouse in a few weeks’ time for our Rising Stars Youth Concert. This annual event is a proud tradition of the Rand Symphony Orchestra and a firm favourite among our audience members.
Under the baton of Carel Henn we showcase 10 young soloists who will impress you with their talent and musicality. The piano, violin, cello, and flute will be represented (the “usual suspects”), but this year we also feature the bassoon, xylophone and voice.
We invite you to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful, varied music with the Rand Symphony Orchestra in a casual atmosphere and support our young upcoming soloists, our RisingStars.
The 2022 edition of the Rand Symphony Orchestra’s “Rising Stars” Youth Concert featured 11 soloists, playing works from 11 composers from the baroque to 20th century, on 5 different instruments in the strings, brass and wood-wind families, not forgetting the piano (the wood-string family? – ed).
This year’s participants included:
Emily and Lilian Geekie, who are sisters, book-fanatics and coffee aficionados;
Jayden Li, a martial artist, outdoor enthusiast and chinchilla-owner;
Mbali Phato, who enjoys serving her community and plans to pursue a career in music;
Talita Smith, who also sings and plans to study music performance and music therapy;
Chi-Chi Juan, who has performed in Carnegie Hall and is active in the Johannesburg Junior Council;
Sara Stoffberg; who loves animals and is currently learning Arabic;
Kehan Taljaard, who is also an accomplished saxophonist and enjoys Dixie and Big Band music;
Marilize Diedericks, who started her own chamber orchestra and also plays the french horn;
Simon Holm, who plays in a trombone quartet and Dixie band;
Annie Chang, who is an internationally accomplished musician and plans to study law.
While the Youth Concert programme is always just as diverse as its young soloists, the movement from Xian Xinghai’s “Yellow River Concerto” performed by Annie Chang certainly broadened the orchestra’s horizons. In another refreshing change of scenery for the orchestra, the well-known violin show-piece “Czardas” by Monti was brilliantly interpreted on the alto saxophone by Talita Smith.
This year the concert took place in the hall of the St Bonifatius German Catholic Church in Sundowner which graciously accommodated the orchestra’s requirements in terms of date and rehearsal schedule. The concert would however not have been possible at this venue without the generous sponsorship of WS Pianos who provided the piano used by the soloists.
Jayden Li (12) was one of the young soloists at this year’s concert
The Rand Symphony’s Youth Concert is a non-competitive showcase of the young talent in Randburg and surrounding areas, drawing interest from as far as afield as Soweto and Pretoria. Each participant received a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the concert.
Each participant received a Certificate of Achievement
The Rand Symphony’s Youth Concert is an annual event and auditions take place in January or February each year. The selected participants then meet the orchestra in April and May for a mere 3 rehearsals each before the final dress rehearsal and concert.
Applications for the 2023 Rand Symphony Youth Concert will open in September on this website.
Participants of the 2019 Rand Symphony Youth Concert receive their certificates at the Linder Auditorium
The Rand Symphony Orchestra has hosted an annual Youth Concert for many years. These concerts have become an annual community highlight and is supported and appreciated by a diverse audience.
Although the 2021 concert had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, we were able to feature some of the young soloists in our Picnic Concert at the end of 2021. We are happy to announce that arrangements are going ahead for 2022 with auditions taking place on 5 March 2022 at 09h00.
These concerts provide the opportunity for young students to play solo works accompanied by the Orchestra, thereby enabling them to reach a higher level of performance, perform in front of a wider audience and stimulate their musical development.
We encourage young musicians between under the age of 21 to audition and take part in this opportunity.