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Apart from the public service which the JSO performs by giving of Concerts, it also serves as a valuable ground for training and education of young players in orchestral playing.  The orchestra attracts many young players from Youth Orchestras in the Gauteng Province and for some it will serve as a valuable bridging experience towards becoming members of professional orchestras.


The JSO has  performed a number of “Demonstration Concerts” at schools or communities in the townships and wishes to increase the frequency and impact of these events.

    The JSO intends giving 4 Demonstration Concerts each year for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The Concerts will be held at schools or community centers within disadvantaged areas and includes playing music, a demonstration and description of the various instruments, an explanation of how an Orchestra functions, allowing the audience to interact with members of the Orchestra and to examine their instruments and allowing some to “conduct” the Orchestra.

Over the last 3 years the JSO has bussed in school children to the Festival Concerts.  This project has been immensely successful in exposing these children to Orchestral music and there has been very positive feedback from the schools in question.


In 2008 the JSO in collaboration with David Nkosi facilitated a conducting workshop.   The full day workshop included lectures on conducting a symphony orchestra and the 8 students each had the opportunity to experience the conducting of a few symphonic works with the JSO as their demo orchestra.

This project grew out of a number of young string players in the JSO expressing a strong desire to build a violin after having seen a new instrument made by Rob Brislin. In 2009 the JSO made an application to Lotto for the funding of various projects, and this project was included. The application was successful and five participants were selected: Bafana Baloyi, Katlego Malapane, Bongani Pandeka, Innocent Mokoena and Punch Sephadi. None of them had had any woodworking experience, but by sheer perseverance and great enthusiasm each has been able to make a complete violin. They attended more than 80  classes on Sundays over a two year period. The instruments featured as solo instruments at the JSO MyDream Festival in March 2012 in a performance of Telemann’s Violin Concerto.


There are many highly talented and promising young under privileged players, both within the body of the JSO and in other Youth Orchestras in Gauteng.

In many instances, these young musicians come from poor backgrounds and are unable to afford the acquisition of a good musical instrument and to pay for music lessons.

In the interest of advancing these young musicians and capturing their talent to enable them, if they wish, to follow careers in music, the JSO has enrolled a programme to provide funding for music tuition and the provision of good musical instruments.

From 2010 the continuation  of these projects will be possible due to sponsorship from the National Lottery Fund.