A Winter Concert to warm your heart

The DSP orchestra with its 50 talented musicians warmed the audience’s hearts during their annual Winter Concert with a varied programme which included numerous soloists who complemented the orchestra’s performance with song, dance and musical highlights.


The event celebrated 30 years since the school began integrating learners from Mamelodi and Eersterust  and also marked the reunification of Germany with the coming down of the Berlin Wall at the end of the cold war.


The evening’s programme got off to a chilly start with the music from the movie “Frozen”. The audience slowly thawed with the classics from Brahms, Bach and Beethoven. The temperature rose once the orchestra delivered the Tango „Por una cabeza“ by Carlos Gardel. The musicians taught the audience „How to train your dragon“ by John Powell and ended the evening on a high note with a „Michael Jackson Hit Mix“ arranged by Johnnie Vinson.


The concert’s highlights included performances by some of the gifted learners in the school’s integration programme. These included Moalosi Ntai, who wowed attendees with the violin, Lehlogonolo Chabalala, whose clarinet rendition of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” was well-received and Dipalesa Phalatse who impressed with Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams” and with vocal duties in the orchestra’s take of the James Bond theme song, “Skyfall”. Sonja Kirsch, who trains and conducts the orchestra, is proud of this group of dedicated learners under her wing: “The beauty of music is that is brings learners from various backgrounds and abilities together to perform as one.”


She bemoaned the loss of musicians at the end of each school year but was impressed by the way in which learners like Melanie Nowack had matured. Nowack put in an accomplished performance of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8.


A music video of the fall of the Berlin Wall compiled by Jonas Nottmeier for his music practical evaluation was also shown on the evening. “Music has an important role to play at the school because of the history of Germany,” said Wolfgang Ehrich, DSP deputy principal. Integrating language, music and interpretation, whilst using music and history were some of the tasks required of learners, said Ehrich.

Vivace – Young Musicians Development Programme    

Vivace is a fundraising initiative by the Deutsche Internationale Schule Pretoria to the benefit of the DSP Young Musicians Development Programme (YMDP). This year’s Vivace evening of music and culinary delights returns to Forti Grill & Bar on 20 October 2019.

Click here for more information about the evening.


Framework of YMDP
Learners who are taught to play an instrument in the elective subject Orchestra in Grade 5 and 6 receive financial support from the school, if their circumstances warrant support. After Grade 6 the school does not have the means to continue to support these learners. The result is that certain less fortunate learners can no longer receive music tuition or loan an instrument from the school at a fee. Their dreams and chances of playing in the DSP Orchestra cannot be fulfilled. With the DSP fund we hope to enable talented musicians to continue their music tuition in order to pave the way for their musical future.


Purpose of the fund

YMDP supports in the following ways:

  • Payment of instrument loan fees
  • Payment of music lessons

Types of sponsoring

Private sponsorships or general donations can be made.


Private sponsorship:
The cost for a private sponsorship is R5500 per annum. This covers the loan of an instrument and music lessons for the learner.


A private sponsorship entitles the sponsor to two reserved seats to every music event that the DSP hosts as well as two free drinks and memorabilia (CD or images) from the event, if available.


General donations will go towards music tuition fees for learners.



Mrs Kirsch
Tel: 012 803 4106
Email: [email protected]

Orchestra Week of the German Schools in Southern Africa from 4 to 8 March 2019

Orchestra Week of the German Schools in Southern Africa from 4 to 8 March 2019

Around 100 motivated young musicians from the German schools in Windhoek, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria practised the varied concert programme from Strauss and Brahms to Michael Jackson and Walt Disney film tunes.


Under the direction of the renowned South African conductor, Alexander Fokkens, the pieces were perfected and performed with a lot of wit, drive and, above all, joy in making music together. For Fokkens, working with children and teenagers is always something very special. The energy on stage inspires him and the young people equally – he joked and with his personality he managed to relax the atmosphere during the rehearsals and even in the final concert.


“It is my goal that, after the final concert, all learners feel that music is something absolutely fantastic. Otherwise, I went wrong somewhere”, Fokkens said in a press interview. He definitely achieved this goal not only with the participants, but also with the enthusiastic audience.


Two of our DSP learners enthusiastically shared their Orchestra Week experiences:

“Alexander Fokkens succeeded in creating a friendship between the music and the musicians. We learnt a great deal from him, which we will never forget. Through his motivated and lively nature he fuelled our passion for music and highlighted the reasons why we joined the orchestra: having fun by playing together.” said Julia Wagner

Franziska Ziegler confirmed: “The Orchestra Week was a wonderful experience. I met awesome musicians and it was great that so many different musicians could work together towards one goal and achieve it.”


A mix of music – from classical to pop – struck the right note with the audience. The musicians’ joy in their music immediately touched the spectators, gave them goose bumps and got them off their seats with roaring applause.