The Safaricom Youth Orchestra graduation 2022 was such a fun time that it would be easy to forget that the graduates would be leaving this orchestra that they had dedicated so many Saturdays to. One graduate had been there since the beginning and I could only imagine how hard it was for her to leave her musical family behind. She had come in as a young girl and she was leaving as an adult.
This was the first graduation of the Safaricom Youth Orchestra since the pandemic and it is like they wanted to make up for it. Guests were treated to 2 hours of great music, moving from the past into the present and with some James Bond medley and African medleys (folk fusion). So we went from classical pieces to folk fusion thrown in. The SYO will perform classical pieces, a James Bond medley from the movies, and a special performance of folk fusion.
This 8th Safaricom Youth Orchestra graduation ceremony was held at the Jain Bhavan Centre in Loresho on Sunday 3rd April 2022. 18 graduates have been certificated in orchestral music. They have learnt to play various instruments from the trumpet to the alto sax, the flute and the violin.
“With an orchestra, you are building citizens, better citizens for the community.”
“I am pleased to be here today as we yet again celebrate our #SafaricomYouthOrchestra graduates. I remember last year the joy and emotions that this celebration stirred, even though we were holding the ceremony virtually.” – Joe Ogutu, Chief Special Projects.
Here are some highlights from the graduation.
All the performances at the #SafaricomYouthOrchestra were fantastic. My favourite was the Kenyan mix at the end which was just dope. They had a guest drummer & there was a student who turned his violin into a nyatiti. @DuncanWambugu has the best job. @SafaricomPLC ???? pic.twitter.com/5MGjkMoGC0
— Rayhab (@potentash) April 4, 2022
Safaricom Choir performing “Please don’t switch off your phone” at the #SafaricomYouthOrchestra graduation on Sunday. I have to say the songwriter was very creative when coming up with this song. I loved it. pic.twitter.com/7maB66f7OF
— Rayhab (@potentash) April 7, 2022
Enjoy a great serenade from #SafaricomYouthOrchestra ? pic.twitter.com/hFYaajWNV5
— Safaricom PLC (@SafaricomPLC) April 3, 2022
At the #SafaricomYouthOrchestra graduation. pic.twitter.com/HQBw1pqopv
— Rayhab (@potentash) April 3, 2022
Does this sound familiar? ??? The students really showed us their skills at the #SafaricomYouthOrchestra graduation on Sunday? I really enjoyed the show. Good job @DuncanWambugu @KurimaWataka cc @ArtofMusic_Ke pic.twitter.com/jrDAkQOb6h
— Rayhab (@potentash) April 7, 2022
Here are some videos from some of the students who are graduating.
Read more of her story here. Safaricom Youth Orchestra Has Opened Doors For 19-Year-Old Violinist Tamara Bochere. It Has Also Given Her Confidence And Skills That She Is Grateful For
Duncan Wambugu is the Safaricom Music Director. Find out more about the road to Safaricom Youth Orchestra Graduation 2022.
Read more about him here. Duncan Miano Wambugu Is An Organist And Choir Director Who Wants To Inspire Young Musicians To Reach For The Stars
Check out this other posts about the Safaricom Youth Orchestra
18-Year-Old Musician Crystal Gichane Has Experienced Magical Moments At The Safaricom Youth Orchestra And Is Ready To Take On The World As She Graduates
By Day Papa Viola Is A Chemistry Teacher And Then Later She Wears Her Tutor Hat To Teach Double Bass At The Safaricom Youth Orchestra
Thanks To The Safaricom Youth Orchestra, George Ndung’u Has Been Able To Learn And Teach People To Play The Oboe Instrument