The annual DSG/SAC Youth Music Festival got off to an excellent start on Monday with two superb events. The choir festival was at 16h30 and included eight choirs from DSG Junior, Kingswood, VG Primary, St Andrew’s Prep, DSG Senior and St Andrew’s College. There were some startlingly charming and competent performances which bode very well for the future of choral singing in our city.
In the morning, the auditorium of the David Wynne Music School was filled with pupils, parents and teachers all listening to young soloists of varying playing levels and instruments. If the bursts of enthusiastic applause were anything to go by, they had a lot of fun! The same thing happened on the Tuesday morning with another round of talented young musicians from nine different institutions sharing the joy of performing the language of music to each other. Special mention must be made of the Bedford Country School that brought so many enthusiastic musicians.
Tuesday evening featured an Ensemble Concert at 7pm. This event featured nine different ensembles from eight different schools. Particularly impressive were the Graeme College Leopard’s Voices and the SAC/DSG String Quartet.
Wednesday afternoon was the Junior Orchestra Concert which was a wonderful 45 minutes of polished music-making from musicians-in-the-making! Two marimba bands, a xylophone group, an orchestra and a wind band. In the evening the senior orchestras took to the stage. The Graeme College Steel Pan Bands set a wonderful party atmosphere and the AMP Big Band picked up the groove and ran with it. A really novel approach was taken by the Keiskamma Music Academy Orchestra that played music that rolled Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra sound, Piazolla’s Tangos and African Music into one refreshing whole. There was also a polished performance from the DSG/SAC Wind Orchestra.
Director of Music