Tea with Sophia Welz

Venue:  News Cafe, Campus Square, Auckland Park.  The waitress was very friendly and indulged me by making my tea exactly as I had asked for it.  It is generally an uninspiring venue and Campus Square is an uninspiring shopping centre.  The entrance to the open parking where I wanted to park was closed on the eastern side, so I was obliged to hobble up the stairs.  Not user friendly for disabled people at all.


The name “Sophia” means wisdom, and I have no doubt that the meaning fits the CEO of the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation (SANYO) as she unpacks some of the complexities of the living, breathing organism that is an orchestra.

I am having tea with Sophia so that we can discus the current events of the South African National Youth Orchestra, particularly the series of three concerts coming up in the next week.

The young people, the green and gold team (Proteas), from all over the country have been working hard to produce this concert named “To the Roots”.

On 11 December 2016 at 14:00 there is a concert at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Roodepoort, featuring comedians and more. SANYO are performing with Bombshelter Beast at 16:30 to 18:00.  Rain is forecast, so prepare for it.  An opportunity to do your “dancing in the rain” routine because the collaboration is set, according to Welz, “to make your feet dance and your heart happy”. Kwaito, opera, boeremusiek and much more will make this a concert to remember.

Alternatively, or additionally, the concert can be heard at the SABC M1 Studio in Auckland Park on 12 December 2016 at 19:00 and at the Linder Auditorium on 14 December 2016 at 20:00.


The ticket prices go towards the bursary funds for the Foundation which arranges national courses, tours and workshops.  All members of the orchestra are under 25 years old. The actual concert has been sponsored by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Arts and Culture, the SABC Foundation, SAMRO and The Academy of Sound Engineering.  Get your tickets from http://www.Plankton.mobi or Computicket.

Photos by courtesy of SANYO.  The orchestra photo was taken by Jozua Loots.



About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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