YONA making more music

03 December 2018 | Education

The Youth Orchestras of Namibia (YONA) as well as the Orchestra of the Helmholtz Gymnasium Karlsruhe performed their side-by-side concert at Windhoek High School earlier this month. During the concert, Namibian and German children and teen-agers showed their talent, making it a wonderful evening for the audience with music by Beethoven, Mozart and other composers.

This joint concert was a most fitting framework for Mrs Ellen Gölz, deputy head of the German embassy to hand over an instrument donation to YONA. The embassy donated seven violin outfits and four extra bows valued at N$19 000.

In 2017, YONA received a sizable donation of string instruments from the Goethe-Institut Namibia. As the children grow, they need bigger instruments, and therefore the latest donation is a fitting gesture of the embassy's commitment to the sustainability of the programme.

The YONA youngsters – hailing from diverse backgrounds – have been studying string instruments, percussion and recorder since March last year.

Besides reaching out to economically and socially vulnerable children, YONA hosts many community outreach concerts, such as playing at the Susanne Grau Heim, the Katutura Old Age Home and at the inauguration of the new offices of the Down Syndrome Association of Namibia (DSAN).

YONA has been growing rapidly in the two years since the project was started. This September, YONA had an intake of eight violin beginners and five new cellists.

The instruments provided by the German embassy will help YONA to grow further and bring much joy to the children playing them.

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