The South African National Youth Orchestra’s campaign to raise much needed funds towards bursaries for our most talented young musicians.
The South African National Youth Orchestra is on a big hunt for current orchestra members and alumni, parents and teachers and classical music lovers who would be keen to play in, organise or provide venues for their “Chamber Music for Change” campaign. These chamber music concerts are planned to raise funds for bursaries for orchestra courses in 2016. The aim is to do 52 concerts, one for each year since the National Youth Orchestra started, and raise enough to cover bursaries for one year.
We’d love every young South African musician, regardless of financial or geographical barriers, to be able to attend National Youth Orchestra programmes this year. Your sponsorship of a musician will contribute to continued musical excellence, quality education and national development. A bursary for a musician costs R5000 and to cover their transport to and from the course is an additional R2000. It is a life-changing contribution for each young musician as it links them up to opportunities to further their career, gives access to the best teaching in the world and, perhaps most importantly, gives them the joy of playing in the National Youth Orchestra.
So far concerts are planned in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, Johannesburg and internationally in Birmingham (UK), New York (USA) and Gothenburg (Sweden).
An online campaign to raise funds has been set up on Givengain for donors who’d like to contribute to the cause: https://www.givengain.com/cause/5264/campaigns/15224/
The South African National Youth Orchestra was founded in 1964 with the goal of training and developing South Africa’s young musician through a series of national courses, national and international tours, workshops and master classes. The South African National Youth Orchestra has taken part in the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and has toured to Scotland, countries across Europe where they performed at prestigious festivals such as the Beethovenfest in Bonn, and even a performance on the Red Square in Moscow. It has been conducted by many international conductors and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a performance that was reported on BBC Worldwide News.
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Thousands of the 455 753 matric learners qualifying for admission to tertiary institutions this year are in dire need of financial support in order to access one of the various post-school system opportunities available to them. Prospective students can look to the Shoprite Group, who still has approximately R8 million available for financial assistance from their extensive bursary programme.
Bursaries are awarded for scarce skills programmes such as Pharmacy and Chartered Accounting, along with qualifications such as Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Information Technology, Industrial Engineering, Hospitality, Retail Business Management and Marketing.
With limited space available at tertiary institutions, prospective students who achieved an average of more than 70% in matric, are urged to apply for one of the remaining bursaries by applying online or contacting their training institution’s bursary office for assistance.
Candidates may qualify for a bursary of up to R70 000 per annum which allows for registration fees, tuition, textbook and accommodation fees depending on the course of study and institution. Each bursary granted is linked to a work back agreement with Shoprite and in this way a bursary holder is assured of career prospects with South Africa’s largest private sector employer.