Youth Orchestra concert at Visakha
young musicians from 10 to 25 years will perform at a special concert
on October 19 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Youth
Orchestra (NYO) at Visakha Vidyalaya Hall.
Youth Orchestra is undoubtedly the premier launching pad for many
children who learn to play orchestral instruments. Since its inception
10 years ago, the Orchestra has trained over 500 young musicians.
The main object
of the NYO is to take Western music to all parts of the island and
encourage rural school children to participate in orchestral performance
instead of restricting it to privileged schools in the city. This
is the aim of the founder of the National Youth Orchestra, Maya
Abeywickrema, Consultant to the Ministry of Human Resources, Education
and Cultural Affairs.
musicians of the NYO have regular training programmes on Saturday
under the baton of well-known conductors like Ajith Abeysekera,
Dayananda Fernando and Manilal Weerakone.
for the concert offers a wide variety of music ranging from popular
music to Broadway and the classics including Mozart's "Jupitor
Symphony and Titus Overture" and Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture".
Youth Wind Ensemble will also be performing at the concert.
for Talent Search again
The categories under which the competition
is being judged;
Solo Singing Group Singing
Instrumental - Acoustic & non-acoustic
Judges for the first round of semi-finals;
DJ 'Everton' - Romesh Fernando - DJ Category
Ms. Kamalini Samarakoon, Ms. Sureka Amarasingha and Ms. Ravindrini
Ratnayake - Instrumental (Acoustic) Category
Mrs. Dianna Jayasekera and Shohan Chandiram - Dancing Category
By Marisa de Silva
Sixteen young people have been working very hard
these past few weeks to organise an event for approximately 250
young students islandwide. The event? Yes, it's the "Interact
Grammy's" organised jointly by the Interact Club of Royal College
and St. Bridget's Convent Colombo being held for the third consecutive
year. Regarded as a talent search, the competition has already seen
the end of its first round of semi-finals. The second round will
be worked off today and then it will be time for the grand finale
on October 19 at the Navarangahala Hall, from 6.30 p.m. onwards.
from last year's show
event has been the annual pet project of the Interact Club of Royal
College. The Royalists have been organising it over the past 12
years, together with other member schools. The organising committee's
main aim is to bring out the hidden talents of youth at school level
and give them an opportunity to 'shine'. For the second time around
this competition will be open to non-interactors as well, therefore
giving more young people a platform for their talents.
committee consisting of eight from each school have some veterans
on board but for the most part they are new to the project. According
to Nilangika, (17), "The committee was picked by the Chairperson,
representing SBC, judging by their past performance as an active
member of the club and whether they could withstand hard work and
meet specific deadlines."
It's been a
lot of hard work over the past few months as the members will agree.
enjoyed the process and as she adds, "We learn how to be responsible
and goal-oriented by doing something worthwhile like this for the
youth of our country."
of the contest have been the likes of 'Bathiya and Santhush' and
the Creators, who would have considered this competition, as a stepping
stone to success. "They also continue to help us by agreeing
to guest star at our final, free of charge etc.," says Kanishka
(19), the project co-chairperson from Royal College
Search has always attracted plenty of out-station talent,"
said Chryshanie, the Project Co-Chairperson from SBC. "The
response from out-station schools has been quite positive, not just
this year but in the past as well. The largest number of participants
are usually from areas like Kandy, Galle and Matale. This time around
we even contacted schools in Batticaloa, but due to transportation
difficulties and practical problems, they may be unable to come."
And the age-groups?
"Our youngest participant so far was a 13-year-old girl, from
Asian International School, who played the recorder in the 'acoustic'
the initial stages of this project the entire committee sat together
with the two presidents of the Interact Clubs and discussed the
'game plan'. Whenever a decision had to be made we would put it
to the committee and vote on it. You could say we had our own little
democracy," she added laughing.
explained how the work was delegated amongst the committee members.
"We were divided into five groups, namely, entertainment, printing,
decor, refreshments and publicity," he said. "Another
member and I were in charge of entertainment therefore, we had to
handle the entries and select the judges etc. So far, the winners
of the DJ and acoustic categories have been judged. The non-acoustic
category will be worked off today and the winners will perform at
So, this year's
'Interact Grammy's' is all set to go off with a bang. A wonderful
means of uniting and displaying the varied talents of our youth,
the event deserves all the support it can get. So, be there and
who knows, maybe, you'll discover tomorrow's stars.
available at both Royal College and St. Bridget's Convent offices.
along with Y'smen
Y'smen International affiliated to the YMCA will have its
popular Sing-Along programme at the BMICH on Saturday, October 26
at 7.00 p. m. This much-looked after event is being held for the
by Song-Book priced at Rs. 350. The Song Book contains over 100
well-loved songs of yesteryear and can be kept and re-used whenever
the occasion demands.
and old who had flocked to support this annual fund-raiser organised
by the Y'smen in the past would be fully aware of the capacity of
the organisers to cater to the tastes of all. The music backing
will be by Saybhan while the versatile Kumar Samuel of broadcasting
fame will compere.
will go for community service projects, this year, a most deserving
cause which has been earmarked is the Thalaessemia ward at the Kurunegala
General Hospital consisting mainly of children who are the unfortunate
victims of the disease. The remedy at present is to pump blood monthly
through the use of individual pumps to prevent infection. These
are expensive, yet essential for almost a lifetime for survival,
till a cheaper alternative emerges. Indeed, a most worthy cause
to support. The Sing-Along is being sponsored by Ceylon Cold Stores.
call - Jayantha (645934), Norman (732748), Rita (074 300209), Godfrey
(646687), Ranjan (645238) or any Y'sman/ Mennette.