William Walton: Johannesburg Festival Overture

In 2019, the National Youth Orchestra of Germany (BJO) celebrated its 50th anniversary. For many years, the connection between Germany's national youth orchestra and South Africa has been close. With a concert at Young Euro Classic in summer 2019, the young German talents were at the beginning of their major tour abroad to South Africa. This also explained the unusual focus of the concert programme. A real rarity was heard in the Konzerthaus Berlin: the Johannesburg Festival Overture by the British composer Sir William Walton (1902-83), first performed in Johannesburg in 1956.


National Youth Orchestra of Germany
Alexander Shelley, Conductor

Excerpt from the live broadcast of 03.08.2019 from the Konzerthaus Berlin as part of the Young Euro Classic Festival (A production of ARTE Concert and EuroArts © 2019)

Berlin Philharmoniker Bundesministerium Wdr3 Daimler DOV GVL Freude.