About the KZN Youth Orchestra
The KZN Youth Orchestra is affiliated with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Africa's premier orchestra. Members accepted into the orchestra have the wonderful opportunity of being tutored by KZN Philharmonic tutors, where they strive to foster young musical talent throughout the province. Tutoring begins at a bonding camp in January during the school holidays, where they learn the new season's repertoire which includes a selection of Classical, Jazz, Latin, African and Popular music. During the year, members rehearse on Friday nights between 16h00 and 18h30 during school terms and will be invited on tour to perform concerts at various venues and festivals. In recent years, the Youth Orchestra has performed at the Music in the Mountains Festival, the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the Stellenbosch Chamber of Music Festival and the Hilton Arts Festival.
The KZN Youth Orchestra is led by two members of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra; Lykele Temmingh and Cathy Peacock. Together they have 63 years of experience with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.
After completing his B.Mus (Performers) at the University of Stellenbosch, he began his career as a violinist with orchestras in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban. He joined the second violin section of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983. In 1991 he was the recipient of the SAA Performing Arts Award for his services to music and as the resident conductor of the KZN Philharmonic, Temmingh appears regularly on the Orchestra's concert podium. In 2004, he proudly accepted the role of selector and conductor of the National Youth Concerto Festival. Temmingh was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the KZN Youth Orchestra in 2006. In his free time, he teaches violin at Reddam House Umhlanga.
Cathy Peacock studied music, speech and drama and English at UKZN from 1984 – 1986. She later joined the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in 1990 as sub principal trumpet player and has been a member ever since. Currently, apart from playing for the KZNPO, Cathy teaches trumpet, conducts the Durban Girls College Orchestra and together with Lyk Temmingh she has been assisting with tutoring and conducting the KZN Youth Orchestra since 2007. Cathy also leads an 8-piece jazz band, Platform Jazz, which plays Swing, Latin and Dixieland jazz. She is also a member of the KZN All Stars band, a 20-piece big band, which has performed at several events around Durban this year.