'Be the Legacy' / Mandela Centenary / MIAGI & Nelson Mandela Foundation

MIAGI, Music is a great Investment and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invite you to join us on our global campaign to grow the legacy of Nelson Mandela!

We aim to fortify and promote the values that the world so urgently needs today and that He, Madiba, so stalwartly stood for.

The harmony with which the members of MIAGI Youth Orchestra embrace their contrasting origins and background, playing together with a warmth of spirit that is infectious and inspiring, is a microcosm of Mandela’s dream and the South African ‘rainbow’ nation.

To underpin our determination, MIAGI Youth Orchestra with its 92 members is touring internationally. Through the ‘Be the Legacy’ campaign and touring we celebrate Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018.

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MIAGI Youth Orchestra in the Linder 2014


As a result of four successful international MIAGI Youth Orchestra (MYO) tours over the past eight years, our orchestra has been invited back on an extensive tour in July/August/September 2018. The tour will take the 92 members of the MYO to some of the most prestigious venues, concert halls and music festivals such as the brand new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

The motto for Mandela Centenary 2018 is ‘Be the Legacy’ - MIAGI Youth Orchestra ‘Is the Legacy’; a realisation of Nelson Mandela's dream, with young musicians of every colour and background playing together with a warmth of spirit that is infectious and inspiring. The opening concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg is scheduled for 6th July, 2018. 

Programme For Mandela's centenary in 2018, MIAGI has commissioned a 35-minute celebratory work from Duncan Ward, Rainbow Beats, Suite for 100 Years Nelson Mandela. Duncan Ward writes:

“The orchestral suite ‘Rainbow Beats’ was inspired by the compelling spirit, rhythm, and soul of the wildly talented musicians of MIAGI whom the composer has befriended over the last 5 years through projects together in Soweto and beyond. The harmony with which they embrace their contrasting origins and backgrounds is a microcosm of Mandela’s dream and the South African ‘rainbow’ nation. Building from indigenous tribal chants to infectious dance grooves, this kaleidoscopic orchestral voyage unleashes the magic of the MIAGIcians in a celebration of Mandela’s legacy”.

The programme will also include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont overture, Gustav Mahler (Benjamin Britten) What the Wild Flowers tell me, Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs (2018 also marks the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein), as well as Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Conductor for the tour will be young British conductor and composer Duncan Ward, an assistant to Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Ward has also already, despite his young age,  many celebrated debut appearances with Orchestre de Paris, the Stockholm Radio Orchestra, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig and many other renowned orchestras behind him.



28 June to 5 July – rehearsals in Schlitz, Hessen, Germany 

6 July – Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Germany  SOLD OUT

7 and 8 July - Community fun concerts at the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, Germany

11 July – BOZAR, Henry Le Boeuf Hall, Brussels, Belgium

14 July – Opening concert, Toblach Mahler Festival, Italy

18 July – Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Germany

20 July – Carinthischer Sommer Festival, Congresshaus Villach, Austria

22 July - Festival Immling, Southern Bavaria, Germany

23 to 30 July – Concerts in planning

1 August - Concertgebouw, Robeco Summer Nights, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2 August – Konzerthaus Berlin, special event for the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany

3 August – Opening concert, Young Euro Classic Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin


14/15 September - Concert in South Africa (venue TBC)


16 September to 26 September – New York USA (venues TBC)


Video: MIAGI Youth Orchestra, Duncan Ward, Just6, Zihle Ndika, Ondela Simakuhle and Pamela Mpanza -  Southern Africa and Europe meet through Monteverdi and ancient African chants arranged by Duncan Ward.



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