Acclaimed youth orchestra teams up with two Sama nominees


The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company (JYOC) is delighted to have two of South Africa’s shining stars featured in A Night with the Stars.

In the recent Sama nominations announcement, Richard Stirton, the hugely popular winner of the first season of The Voice SA, was nominated in the Best Rock Album category for his critically acclaimed album, Middle Ground.

“If you had told me a year ago that I would be nominated for a South African Music Award (Sama), I wouldn’t have believed it. The opportunity for me to now work with some up and coming young talent is amazing because it gives me the chance to help them believe that a career in music is possible and that chasing your dreams can be a reality – like it has been for me,” said Stirton.

PERFORMER: Time Reece performs at A Night with the Stars.

Tima Reece who exploded back on the music scene at the end of last year with her comeback album 9, has been nominated in the Best R&B/Soul/Reggae category for this album.

“The opportunity to perform with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra and the students of Born To Perform is not only an honour but also ingrains in me a sense of responsibility and accountability. Being nominated for a Sama this year comes the deep desire to see our talented youth reach their full potential and showcase their gifts on formidable platforms like A Night with the Stars where they get the recognition they so rightly deserve. What an amazing way to support the young up-and-coming musicians and artists South Africa has to offer,” Reece added.

While the core focus of A Night with the Stars is to showcase the incredibly talented young musicians and artists the country has to offer, JYOC also believes that the addition of featured world-class vocalists each year, like Stirton and Reece, gives their youngsters an unforgettable opportunity to experience working with such talent.

TEAM WORK: The Johannesburg Youth Orchestra conducted by Eddie Clayton.

A Night with the Stars producer and director, Bryan Schimmel commented, “What an awesome experience for the youngsters of both the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra and Born To Perform to be supported on stage by two newly nominated Sama nominees and learn from them. An experience I am sure, they will not forget in a hurry.”

Don’t miss the show from 19 to 21 May at the Lyric Theatre.

Details: Computicket 0861 915 8000; Lyric Theatre Box Office 011 248 5000

Edited by Beryl Knipe

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