Photo Credit: Screengrab / JYOC

The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra was joined by vocalists Zita Pretorius and Monde Msutwana to perform The Prayer remotely in their homes.


Johannesburg, South Africa (30 May 2020) – Following in the footsteps of Andrea Boccelli and Celine Dion, Zita Pretorius and Monde Msutwana along with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company, gave a chill-inducing performance of The Prayer, from the comfort of their homes.

The Youth Orchestra Company have not let the lockdown stop them from performing “together”. Each musician has filmed their contribution to the melody and one talented editor, weaves all the performances together to make one harmonious performance for the public.

The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) was established in 1998 and is a non-profit organisation. They intend to be recognised as a premier youth music organisation in South Africa.

“Historically, learners and educators, especially in township schools, have been denied the educational, developmental, creative and spiritual benefits of the arts. Most state schools lack the capacity to teach instrumental music, yet want to offer music training as part of the Arts and Culture learning area.

The value of music training is undeniable. Children who learn music have an advantage over their peers in terms of emotional, intellectual, cognitive skills and abilities. Many studies have proven that music can improve someone’s performance, focus and concentration.”

The orchestra has had to put their training on hold, but prior to and beyond this pandemic, they work one-on-one with hopeful musicians in Soweto and Auckland Park, teaching them how to play a selected instrument. They then get the opportunity to take part in the orchestra.

“Beginning with group recorder and violin lessons, children from the age of 5 are able to discover and begin developing their musical talent with the final aim for the student to be included in the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Companies ensembles.”

This isn’t the only performance the orchestra has put on recently. Take a look at their Facebook page for more stellar performances and learn how to support a child through their musical journey.

Source: Johannesburg Youth Orchestra 
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