In 2013, the West Coast Music Academy Orchestra, conducted by Carina Brown, consisted of 70 players and consisted of a Strings section (Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Bass); Woodwinds (Piccolo, Flutes, Clarinet, Saxophone); and Percussion (a large variety of percussion instruments from the Bass drum to Glockenspiel).
The Orchestra performed a variety of genres, and highlights included Viva La Vida (Coldplay) performed in 2012, and Mamma Mia (ABBA). All repertoire are arranged by the WCMA Staff to suit the standards of students and instrument combinations of the Orchestra. Repertoire of 2013 included Classical hits as well as modern pieces such as Teddy Bears' Picnic (Bratton); March of the Toreadors (Bizet); Toy Symphony (Mozart); Dance of the Little Swans (Tchaikovsky); Glockenspiel Showpieces: Rumba, Tango, Flamenco; Calypso Carnical; The Lion Sleeps Tonight; and Swinging Safari.
The Orchestra started the 1st first term with an annual Practice Camp at Club Elani (Misverstand Dam) at Moorreesburg from 10-12 April, where they have practiced for 18 hours. Weekly Orchestra practices are Fridays for 2.5 hours, during school terms.
This was once again an outstanding year for the Orchestra, achieving 89% (A+) at the Stellenbosch Eisteddfod Orchestra Festival in May, and 3 Cum Laudes and 1 Gold at the Wes-Boland Eisteddfod in August. On 20 July, the Orchestra performed at the West Coast Mall and also did a flash mob, as preparation for the very successful South Cape Tour which they undertook from 8-11 August. On the tour, performances were held at the Garden Route Mall (George); Denneoord Dutch Reformed Church (George) collaborating with the South Cape Children's Choir (conducted by Jan-Erik Swart); and the Dias Museum (Mossel Bay), collaborating with the South Cape Children's Choir again as well as the highly acclaimed Cape Town Youth Choir (formerly known as Pro Cantu, conducted by Leon Starker). Orchestra members enjoyed the Tour immensely and the performances exceeded all expectations, with the Orchestra receiving standing ovations. Click here to view Tour photos.
The Orchestra once again had the privilege to be part of Cape Town Opera's Outreach project this year. Together with their Voice of the Nation Opera Ensemble; various soloists; and school choirs of less fortunate schools, concerts were held on Friday 16 August at Diazville Primary School, Saldanha (featuring choirs of High and Primary School Diazville) and on Sunday 18 August at Masiphathisane Primary School, Vredenburg (featuring primary school choirs of Masiphathisane, Panorama, Eden, Laingville, Weston). Cape Town Opera gave choir training on Saturdays for choir members of participating schools over a period of 6 months prior to the concerts. We deeply appreciate Cape Town Opera for reaching out to our community and letting the Orchestra be part of it. We also thank the Western Cape Provincial Government for funding this project. Click here to view Concert photos.
On Sunday 15 September, the Orchestra was invited to play at the Hugo Lambrechts String Orchestra Festival, where school orchestras are given a platform to perform. They entertained the audience with Teddy Bear's Picnic and the Glockenspiel Concerto, with the Glockenspiel part played by Grade 12 Music Subject student, Marlon van Rooyen. Once again an excellent performance by the WCMA!
Click here to view Successes of 2012.