|Some of the strings from the NYO for the Umculo | Cape Festival opera production of Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell.
Back row L-R: Jonathan Mayer (Johannesburg | teacher: Irene Tsoniff), Sumeet Sarkar (Bloemfontein | teacher: Sharon de Kock), Samantha van Gysen (Cape Town | teacher: Prof. Jack de Wet), Pascali Mokadi (East Rand | teacher Pienaar Fourie) and in front: Ye-Chan Park (Bloemfontein |teacher Jeanne-Louise Moolman)
Photograph by Elmarie van der Vyfer
If love’s a sweet passion, why does it torment?
A new kind of music theatre brings South Africans from a wide range of backgrounds with international stars for six performances this March. Join us for a musical journey into Shakespeare’s world of midsummer magic and madness with Umculo| Cape Festivalʼs staging of “The Fairy Queen” (Henry Purcell).
The performances, 23-25 March at Johannesburgʼs UJ Theatre and 30 March-1 April at Cape Townʼs Joseph Stone theatre, present Purcellʼs 1692 setting of Shakespeareʼs romantic comedy in an innovative staging.
Award-winningGerman director Robert Lehmeierʼs staging addresses themes of gender and identity in way that is playful, provocative and moving. Michael Maxwellʼs lighting and Thando Lobeseʼs costumes translate Shakespeareʼs tale into a contemporary setting of convention, cruelty, confusion, and transfiguration.
By making baroque opera with social goals, mentoring structures that extend from local communities to international opera stages, cutting-edge production values and a contemporary message, Umculo | Cape Festival takes a trend that has been growing across South African in recent years to a new level.
“It’s the first time I am playing in a group with string instruments – and they play all the time, so it’s easy to find your place if you get lost! It’s cool. I think I’m going to write a jazz piece based on the Purcell we’re doing now.”
Khayalethu Benela (22) a trumpeter teaching for the Field Band Foundation in Blouberg, who is playing in the orchestra for the production. Khaya has been given the amazing opportunity through the Field Band Foundation to study in Norway next year.
Thank you to our wonderful tutors: Amanda Low (recorder), John Coulter (harpsichord), Elmarie van der Vyfer (viola) and Samson Diamond (violin) who helped us on our first rehearsal weekend from 2-5 February. Check out the photos here on our Facebook Page.
Sasol National Youth Orchestra Course 2012
For up-to-date course information, please visit www.sanyo.org.za/courses/course-info-2012/