Lyk Temmingh

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TEMMINGH, Lykele ("Lyk") (19** - ). Musician, conductor.

Born in the Netherlands and raised in South Africa, Lykele Temmingh completed his formal music studies at the University of Stellenbosch, graduating with his B. Mus. (Performers) before beginning a career as a string player with orchestras in Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Durban. He joined the second string section of the KZN Philharmonic during its inaugural season, later becoming a ca-principal until his appointment as the orchestra’s assistant conductor in 1991. in this capacity, and subsequently as a freelance conductor, he conducted a wide range of music, ranging from educational programs to symphony concerts and outdoor popular programs, including major choral works, opera and ballet.

He has also conducted numerous musicals, including The Sound of Music, Showboat, Evita, Oliver, Annie and The Wizard of Oz. Lykele was the recipient of the 1991 SAA Performing Arts Award for his services to music. Now a resident conductor of the KZNPO, Lykele appears regularly on the orchestra’s concert podium. In 2004 he proudly accepted the important role of selector and conductor of the National Youth Concerto Festival, a prestigious event that is only one of its kind in South Africa. In 2006 he was appointed Artistic Director and conductor of the KZN Youth Orchestra. In 2007 Temmingh was music director and conductor of the South African premiere production of The Lion King, which ran for an extended season at Montecasino in Johannesburg.