The harmony with which the members of MIAGI 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.


Video: recorded 14 07 2018, MIAGI Orchestra opened the Mahler Weeks Toblach/Dobbiaco, Italy during our tour of Europe, celebrating Nelson Mandela Centenary.
Excerpt Mahler/Britten, 2nd movement from Mahler's Symphony No.3 - What the wild flowers tell me. 
Conductor: Duncan Ward


Video: 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. 


MIAGI Youth Orchestra touring internationally in 2018 and 2019!





Reporting from our tour of Europe 06 06 2018 to 03 08 2018:

Unfathomable success for MIAGI Orchestra and our coductor composer Duncan Ward throughout our tour of Europe celebrating Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018 that took place from end of June through to 3 August – check out our FB page for all our posts from along the tour  and find some important news and reports related to it at our Events page /Events

As a result of four successful international MIAGI tours over the past eight years, our orchestra was invited back on an extensive tour in July/August 2018. The tour took the 90 members of MIAGI's orchestra 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  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 also included 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 was British conductor and composer Duncan Ward, formerly assistant to Sir Simon Rattle at the Berliner Philharmoniker. Now established as one of the most exciting and versatile artists of his generation, recent highlights include celebrated appearances with Orchestre de Paris, Bayerische Rundfunk, London Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish and Vienna Radio Orchestras, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Glyndebourne Opera.



26 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 - European Parliament, Yehudi Menuhin Hall, Belgium

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

14 July – Opening concert, Gustaf Mahler Weeks Toblach, Italy

18 July - Morning event for CARMEN WÜRTH FORUM Künzelsau-Gaisbach

18 July – Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Germany

20 July – Carinthischer Sommer Festival, Congresshaus Villach, Austria

22 July - Festival Immling, Southern Bavaria, Germany

23 - 28 July - Orchestra In-residence at the Verbier Festival

23 July – Concert at Ecole de La Comba, Verbier Festival, Switzerland

24 to 28 July - Various ensemble and chamber music formation performances by MIAGI musicians, Verbier Festival, Switzerland

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


Concert in South Africa, Unisa ZK Matthews' Hall, 30 November 2018