Come Fly with Me
A personal experience
-Luke Rein –
The sound from my small backstage seat was of an otherworldly clarity, the tension almost tangible, and the pressure unbearable…
On the 6th of August 2018 – whilst a vast majority of students were panicking over a mathematics test – a spectacle of unparalleled caliber took place in a venue no other than Markötter’s Long Room, as a dazzling lineup of artists got to showcase their skills.
The evening was solely the product of select Paul Roos Gymnasium staff and a variety of musicians – of which one musician stands out. He is 10 years old and his name is Kayden Phillips.
Kayden is a member of the Young Virtuosi Project – which was established by Mr. Cezarre Strydom. This project serves to create awareness of the importance of brass instruments and to educate young children to play these instruments.
The evening featured big band swing hits like ‘Cry Me a River’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘My Way’, and many more. However, it’s not merely about what is played, but rather how it is played – many kudos to Mr. Stephan Bezuidenhout (arranger of music), Ms. Luize Kroukamp (for her impeccable execution of ‘Cry Me a River’), Mr. Cezarre Strydom (as conductor), Mr. Mark Augustin (sound technician), Corneil Muller (featured guest artist), and to all others who played such a vital role in the success of this event.