Having previously worked with the orchestra in 2014, 2017 and 2018, Alexander Shelley this week returns to Germany’s National Youth Orchestra for a major tour of Germany and South Africa.
The programme features both the core German repertoire (Brahms’s 2nd Symphony) as well as three works influenced by music of African origin: William Walton’s ‘Johannesburg Festival Overture’, Hendrik Hofmeyr’s ‘The African Songs’ and George Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’.
Alexander and the orchestra will be joined by the brilliant South African singer-songwriter Msaki, who will interpret Hofmeyr’s ‘Three African Songs’ which are based on original music by the late Miriam Makeba.
The tour begins in Berlin, with a performance at the Konzerthaus as part of the Young Euro Classics Festival, then continues on to Nuremberg, where Alexander was Chief Conductor for 8 years. The orchestra then travels to South Africa, starting in the city of Durban, continuing on through Soweto, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Cape Town and ending up in Khayelitscha. The final performance of the two-week tour will take place at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, a concert which will be streamed live.
Throughout the course of the tour, the orchestra and Alexander will be engaging in education and outreach events in collaboration with MIAGI – Music is a Great Investment.