The Free State Youth Wind Ensemble (FSYWE) has recently collaborated with certain members of the Johannesburg Symphonic Youth Wind Band with the purpose of encouraging and inspiring hope among members of the ensemble and their supporters during this very gloomy time.
The duo produced a video recording of the SA National Anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, and the timeless pop classic, Copacabana, all in the comfort of their own homes.
The project was spearheaded by Dr Danré Strydom and George Foster who are both full-time staff members of the University of Free State, while the final product was conpiled by Leon Snyman (UFS, WellNoted) and John Smit (UFS, SoundSphere).
According to Foster, lecturer in Brass Studies at the Odeion School of Music, one of the focus areas for each of these multi-talented individuals is the promotion of wind bands and brass instruments.
Students, band members and orchestra members who took part in the video, teachers and performers in the country and internationally, are all lifelong devotees. As the leaders of both the institutions share many common philosophies, Danré, George, and Etienne Mecloen, the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra company Cep/Artistic Direkcot, believe that collaborations like this are very important to create a platform to share resources, nurture motivation, camaraderie, exchange ideas and visions, and contribute to unity among a very diverse group.
The leaders also believe in the broader development and enrichment of the lives of youth through music.
Watch the videos below: