Festival Dates: 7, 8, 10, 11 December 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 during 7, 8, 10 and 11 December 2018.


String players of the following ages and levels (age as on 1 September 2018):

  • 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


  • Entries Open: 22 August 2018. Click here to apply.
  • Entries Close: 08 September 2018


  • 14 September 2018 from 14:00-18:00
  • 15 September 2018 from 14:00-18:00

The audition will consist of:

  • One unaccompanied Baroque or Classical audition piece of participant’s choice
  • One scale page, sung and played from memory (find scales here)


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 2018 festival (January) 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 2018

  • 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.

Healthy competition:

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