MIAGI Youth Orchestra touring internationally!

MIAGI Youth Orchestra touring internationally in 2018!





The harmony with which the members of MIAGI Youth Orchestra embrace their contrasting origins and background, playing together with a warmth of spirit that is infectious and inspiring, is a microcosm of Mandela’s dream and the South African ‘rainbow’ nation.


Follow this link for more information about the MIAGI / Nelson Mandela Foundation partnership :

/'Be the Legacy' / Mandela Centenary / MIAGI & Nelson Mandela Foundation


As a result of four successful international MIAGI Youth Orchestra (MYO) tours over the past eight years, our orchestra has been invited back on an extensive tour in July/August/September 2018. The tour will take the 90 members of the MYO to some of the most prestigious venues, concert halls and music festivals such as the brand new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.


Programme For Mandela's centenary in 2018, MIAGI has commissioned a 35-minute celebratory work from Duncan Ward, Rainbow Beats, Suite for 100 Years Nelson Mandela. Duncan Ward writes:

“The orchestral suite ‘Rainbow Beats’ was inspired by the compelling spirit, rhythm, and soul of the wildly talented musicians of MIAGI whom the composer has befriended over the last 5 years through projects together in Soweto and beyond. The harmony with which they embrace their contrasting origins and backgrounds is a microcosm of Mandela’s dream and the South African ‘rainbow’ nation. Building from indigenous tribal chants to infectious dance grooves, this kaleidoscopic orchestral voyage unleashes the magic of the MIAGIcians in a celebration of Mandela’s legacy”.


The programme will also include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont overture, Gustav Mahler (Benjamin Britten) What the Wild Flowers tell me, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs (2018 also marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein), as well as Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.


Conductor for the tour will be young British conductor and composer Duncan Ward, an assistant to Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Ward has also already, despite his young age,  many celebrated debut appearances with Orchestre de Paris, the Stockholm Radio Orchestra, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig and many other renowned orchestras behind him.




28 June to 5 July – rehearsals in Schlitz - Hessen, Germany 

6 July – Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Germany

7 and 8 July - Community fun concerts at the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Germany

11 July – BOZAR, Henry Le Boeuf Hall, Brussels, Belgium 

12 to 15 July - Toblach Mahler Festival, Italy

18 July – Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Germany

20 July – Carinthischer Sommer Festival, Congresshaus Villach, Austria

22 July - Festival Immling, Southern Bavaria, Germany

23 to 30 July – Programme in planning

1 August - Concertgebouw, Robeco Summer Nights, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 August – Konzerthaus Berlin, special event for the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany

3 August – Opening concert, Young Euro Classic Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany


18/19/20 September - Concert in South Africa (venue TBC)


21 to 30 September – Concerts in New York (under negotiation)



Video snippet: In October 2016 we produced two full evening shows for ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) celebrating 'ABB 125 Years' festivities in Zürich. The invaluable, positive impact of a multi-ethnic group of 90 South African youths performing together at highest level was evident.