We Are Passionate. We Are Committed. We Are Creative.
With the offices in Hopefield and the Orchestras based in Langebaan, we currently work with local institutions in five successful interlocking Music Education Outreach & Development Programmes, with projects running in Hopefield, Langebaan, Saldanha and Vredenburg.
What we do and how it benefits WCYO members
At the WCYO we cultivate a love for orchestral and group performances. From primary, junior to senior, through to university level to Youth Orchestras and various ensembles, we encourage all these participants also to develop a lifelong interest in all genres of music and to give musicians the opportunity to develop their full potential and perform comfortably in front of people.
We believe that these groups, including various ensembles, should be exposed to play all genres, participate regularly in public concerts as well as at schools, with choirs, other artists, community concerts and various tours and activities on a regular basis. They can showcase their diverse cultural and artistic South African heritage, by performing repertoires that combine classical instruments with traditional African instruments like marimbas, kalimbas and djembes, to create a new and vibrant sound.
Players often have the opportunity to take part in festivals, Eisteddfods, additional fun activities, camps, conducting, orchestra etiquette and other types of workshops, educational tours and master classes.
Classical and orchestral music is typically not part of their home lives and becomes a unique channel to create a common ground for our musicians to learn the value of what it means to work together, share experiences while gaining confidence and character.
All players have the opportunity to develop their orchestral musicianship skills, as well as their own solo technical and musical development beyond other students who do not have or use the opportunity to take part in making music in the Orchestral Programmes.
We make orchestra playing fun and without realising it, these players become a special family, caring about each other and end up as lifelong friends.