Orchestras that play together, stay together

17 February 2019 | Education

When more than 120 young musicians and their teachers rehearse for a week and let their musical skills run wild, the outcome is certainly something to look forward to!

This is exactly what participants of the Orchestra Week of the German Schools in Southern Africa, which takes place from 3 to 9 March 2019 in Windhoek, are eagerly awaiting.

The bi-annual event attended by German private schools from Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg, is being organised by the DHPS this year and thanks to the support of their staff and the entire school community, preparations are already in full swing.

“The experience of musicians from different schools meeting, is always a kind of 'training camp' for everyone and promotes musical talents very effectively,” says DHPS principal, Kristin Eichholz.

In addition to developing talent, the focus is also on the encounter with the other participating schools.

“When making music together, it is not enough to be able to play one's role perfectly – it is just as important to listen to the details and subtleties of the other players and to enjoy the harmony created together,” says Katharina Kessel, head of the music department. “No matter whether you play the first violin or blow one of the horns, each instrument is essential for the overall result,”

The learners and music department teachers are particularly proud to be making use of Alexander Fokkens as conductor for the Orchestra Week. Two years ago, the school welcomed the renowned South African conductor as part of an exclusive concert of the Namibian National Symphony Orchestra. In a witty and entertaining way, this talented conductor got the young audience off their chairs and under his spell.

The final concert is scheduled for Friday, 8 March at 18.00 where music lovers can expect to enjoy top musical performances.

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