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The repertoire of the orchestra is wide and covers music from the opera to movie themes, from Bach to the Beatles.  This includes popular and religious works as well. The orchestra also performs in conjunction with choirs and soloists.

Although the ERYO is based on the East Rand, it has toured extensively. Concerts have been given in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Ceres, Durban, the Eastern Transvaal, Jeffrey’s Bay, Knysna, Maputo, Mossel Bay, Vryheid, East Rand, West Rand, Pretoria and Vereeniging.

In 1998 the orchestra was invited to perform in Madagascar and was the first symphony orchestra to visit Madagascar in 35 years.  There were audiences in excess of a 1 000. As a result of this visit a number of music schools were started.

In 2005 the orchestra visited Namibia, and a large number of previously disadvantaged communities were entertained and educated.

The ERYO gives various educational performances in previously disadvantaged communities annually to create an awareness and an appreciation for classical music.  Besides that, a teamwork and leadership workshop has also been very successfully presented for a corporate. In this kind of a performance the conductor of the orchestra is compared to the manager in the corporate world.  Employees are compared to all the different instruments which work together to make beautiful music. In a very practical and clear manner the point is made and illustrated that everyone in a business (like in an orchestra) has a vital part to play.  No section can really function on its own. All the different parts need to function together to reach a common goal.  Liaison, communication and cooperation between sections either by music or by voice are needed for harmony within the orchestra and the organisation. Each player has a specific talent which the manager cannot copy, but he can encourage excellence and a unified vision and purpose. Corporate members are also invited to try and conduct the orchestra to help illustrate the complexity of management.

The ERYO has a number of annual events they present. This includes a very successful 'Soup and Sherry' evening, usually held during the winter months, just before the school holidays.

We also have an annual spring tea held at the end of September when we specifically treat the grandparents of orchestra members as well as those who wish to attend.

In addition we have regular Christmas carol concerts in November every year at a variety of churches in Ekurhuleni.