8-12 January 2018
Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Pretoria
It is a Classical Music Festival, for String players (violin, viola, cello and double bass), ages 7-20, that consists of daily chamber music training and workshops between 8-12 January 2018.
String players of the following ages and levels (age as on 1 September 2017):
Age 7-9: Minimum grade 2 level
Age 10-11: Minimum grade 3 level
Age 12-13: Minimum grade 4 level
Age 14-16: Minimum grade 5 level
Age 17-20: Minimum grade 6 level
The audition will consist of:
Please try to form your own group and rehearse together regularly. Pre-formed groups must audition together, after their individual audition. Auditions cost R100 per individual and R50 extra per person in an ensemble (pre-formed group). Existing groups from the 2017 festival can obtain permission from Johanna Roos not to audition again, if they remain in the same group.
Festival Fees 2018 (non-refundable):
Payable after a successful audition, before 30 September 2017
Half day course fee: R1200
Full day course fee: R1400
Second child per family: R1200
To develop chamber music and musicianship skills in young string players, so that they play with intelligence, creativity and musical insight.
“Don’t use music to play the violin, use the violin to play music!” – Isaac Stern
Children that are gifted in music are greatly inspired by playing music with others. They learn from their peers and for some it is an eye-opener of the high standard others are able to play at a similar age. It further develops their social skills: listening to others, communicating, leading others, patience with others and oneself in a group context.
Participants that have taken part in the first festival would aspire to grow sufficiently during this year to qualify for the next festival, where they will need to pass an audition of a minimum grade according to their age.
To improve and transform the standard of instrumental playing. To expect excellence from children from a very early age – and so psychologically uplift children. To promote social development and harmony between children from all backgrounds and ages in South Africa, with the best tool possible – music.
Following the example of the world-renowned Kodály concept, this course will place great emphasis on singing everything before it is played. This has been proven to nurture the young child’s inner ear, teaching them to hear what they see on paper, and also phrase the way they sing. Rhythm and sight-reading skills will also be practised and nurtured daily.
“He who plays before he sings, may remain unmusical for a lifetime.” – Zoltan Kodály