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We are building an orchestra of young musicians to tour and perform with other young people in South Africa. If you are a young person who loves music and who would like the musical and cultural experience of a lifetime, then IYOB is for you!


Once in South Africa, the UK musicians will be joined by the West Coast Youth Orchestra to tour venues in Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg.   


Young musicians on the tour will be accompanied by our experienced tour leaders. Our tour leaders are either DBS checked (UK) or carry the Police Clearance Certificate (South Africa). All are trained in safeguarding and the designated safeguarding lead will be Cathy Scott-Burt.

ishani bhoola
waverley ensemble

Who are we?

We are the Waverley Ensemble, a Surrey based charity. We have teamed up with Cathy Scott-Burt in Coventry, the West Coast Youth Orchestra in South Africa and Music Director Alexander Walker. Our mission is to work together to bring music to children and young people from every background.

What do we want to achieve?

Music is for everyone, regardless of race, income or beliefs. However, we know that there can be signficant barriers to young people keeping up music lessons, and finding others to make music with. We also know that music, and playing music with others, provides a creative, expressive outlet for young people. Performing music is good for confidence, while the discipline of home practice and rehearsals is a life skill that will help young people succeed in music or whatever career they choose. 



The aim of IYOB is to break down these barriers and achieve all the positives of performing music. By travelling to South Africa, we hope to show the young musicians a country that is both similar to and different from the UK. We hope to inspire them with new cultural experiences, new performance venues and audiences. The project is also a wonderful opportunity to make real connections through music with other young people from the UK and South Africa.

Age: between 13-17 on August 15th 2024

Musical ability: Grade 4 and above by December 31 2021




  • 2022: Three separate days ONLINE with the students in South Africa





  • 2023: Two days ONLINE (5th March and 4th June) with an In Person day for the UK students during the Summer in Coventry 


  • 2024: One day ONLINE and 10 day trip to South Africa July 23 - August 5 


July 23 depart London to Cape Town 

July 24 arrive in Cape Town 

July 25 sight seeing Cape Town 

July 26-28 travel to WCYO rehearsals at WCYO 

July 29 Cape Town concert 

July 30 fly to Durban from Cape Town 

July 31 Durban concert 

August 1 day off and peace tour in Pietermaritzburg 

Hotel  in Pietermaritzburg 

August 2 bus to Johannesburg hotel in Johannesburg 

August 3rd workshop/concert at Morris Isaacson Center in Soweto, bus back to Johannesburg 

August 4th concert Johannesburg at Redham school 

August 5th  fly Johannesburg to London 


We are working with a registered travel agent, Bunny Bhoola in SA, Africa Link Tourism to book all the SA travel.


Cost is £1500 for the trip which includes all air travel, visas, accommodation, instrument hire and insurance. 

For further information please contact Ishani here


Tour Leaders: Carina Brown, Ishani Bhoola, Lize Brown, Alexander Walker (Musical Director) and Cathy Scott-Burt (designated safeguarding lead)


All Tour Leaders are DBS checked and are trained to Safeguarding Level 5.

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