DECEMBER 16th, 2016


The Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra will present a concert on December 16 at Yellow Wood Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain at 14:00. The soloist will be prize-winning pianist Leo Gevisser (14) who will play the Mozart Piano Concerto No.12, K 414. This a benefit concert for CPYO (Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra) and NNI Ignite, the South African non-profit organization that ignites and facilitates transformational dialogue across the nation and heals divided communities. In the concert, which will be directed by German conductor Thomas Lange, the CPYO will also play Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Bartók’s Rumanian Folk Songs.

The Classic Reconciliation Concert celebrates the culmination of a five-day workshop, offered by NNI (Jonelle Naude) and Resonance Training (Thomas Lange and Wiebke Renner) for Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (CPYO) with the goal of empowering young musicians in their music making and their lives in general.

The No-name Initiative Ignite (NNI Ignite for short) is a group process dialogue that helps to express and work through the many unspoken beliefs and emotions that enforce and perpetuate a divided and wounded society. This particular type of deep dialogue creates a temporary container of freedom, safety and courage in expression that allows even the most taboo voices to be heard and furthermore enable it to release and transform. This is the journey of true reconciliation: through truth telling, healing and transformation in an expertly facilitated environment. Part of the NNI philosophy that all NNI facilitators are trained in is that you have to “love every voice” - you do not have to like it but love it, so that it can be heard, accepted and transformed. To this date over 50 NNI facilitators have been trained to ignite transformative dialogue in their own communities. As such NNI type dialogue is adopted in different forms and formats, spreading through SA by different NGO’s, organizations and individuals alike. Any individual who is inspired to become a ambassador of transformative dialogue can attend an NNI training. All they need is an open heart, a spirit ready for change, a willingness to sit in the fire of diversity, and passion to lead a group/systems through their own transformation.

For this event, NNI has teamed up with German based Resonance Training who uses the medium of music to allow the different ‘voices’ to be heard and expressed. The principle of resonance working as conductor with an orchestra means that no one is superordinated and no one is subordinated. Regardless of competences, every player and the conductor are enabled to lead and to follow at the same time. As such, NNI dialogue and Resonance Training are both embedded in deep democracy. The combination of Resonance Training and NNI dialogue allows that the experiences the players make in the workshop can be transferred from orchestra playing into every day life. 

We hope the audience too will be intrigued and touched by this celebration of deep dialogue: both by witnessing the players expressing themselves through music, as well as understanding their own potential role in igniting true and deep transformative communication in our country, through any medium they choose!

Additionally, an NNI dialogue for all audience members will be facilitated at Artscape on Wednesday December 14th 5:30pm-9pm. This is an important part of the event (included in ticket) and we invite the whole audience to come and experience a transformative NNI dialogue in the true spirit of personal and collective reconciliation.

Bookings for this to be made through admin@no-name-initiative.com or 060 862 4220 .

Tickets for the concert can be purchased through Fine Music Radio. Click here.

If you want to find out more about NNI, click here.

If you'd like to support the project, you can make a donation here. Thank you!


Jonelle Naude and the No-Name Initiative

Jonelle Naude M.Sc, CPCC, Founder of No-Name Initiative, Faculty Member of The Coaches Trainings Institute (CTI)

Jonelle has been coaching, training and facilitating professionally for over 10 years. Her experience stretches across the public and private sectors at an individual level (i.e. authentic leadership-, performance-, personal development) as well as systems level (i.e. change facilitation, conflict resolution, team coaching).

Of her most transformational and inspiring work is leading and facilitating large group processes. Her specific expertise are diversity and cross-cultural dialogue, group/team dialogue & coaching, and processes for change. Since 2006, Jonelle was actively involved in the development of standards and competencies of coaching and mentoring in South Africa.

An ever present focus of Jonelle’s professional and personal leadership role, is not only as change agent in South Africa’s journey of healing and democratic development, but also within a global context and perspective. This has influenced much of her research, work and contributions to the coaching profession.


The WHY and the HOW of the NNI unfolding - Jonelle's personal story:

“It was at the start of 2010 I made a heart decision to become an empowered pro-active citizen, rather than a disempowered passive (and consequently very worried) citizen. My inner voice was becoming quite challenging, saying: “Do you want to remain on the sidelines, worried about what you see and experience; or do you want to jump in and actively take part in the co-creation of a healthy country? Are you going to be a passive bystander or a change agent?”

Arnold Mindell, an expert in the domain of process and diversity work, compares working in the presence of true, vulnerable, heart-wrenching diversity and dialogue to sitting in the fire: “Creating freedom, community and viable relationships has its price. It costs time and courage to learn how to sit in the fire of diversity” (Mindell, 1995).

I believed that coaching and process work would somehow be at the heart of the answer to this quest. I also assumed that coaching in its current form of practice it would be neither viable nor accessible for our largely poverty-stricken population of South Africa. As such, I explored a combination of principles true to coaching as well as large-group change work. I decided to “jump in the fire”, and what followed was a rich journey of discovery, despair, hope, transformation, resilience, love and power. Above all I discovered an affirmation that our country, our people, are worth sitting in the fire for. Maybe we are not the rainbow nation after all, maybe we are more like a phoenix ...”


About NNI training

To maximize the sharing and spread of NNI dialogues, I train NNI facilitators to hold and facilitate NNI group processes in and around their own communities/work place/recreational spaces etc. As such, the initiating of NNI dialogues has an opportunity to become a systemic practice and part of our ‘collective’ culture.

Facilitators are interested, willing and committed individuals who does not necessarily have had any previous experience or knowledge of coaching/change work. For any individuals to become an NNI facilitator they must be able to commit to hosting at least 1 NNI per month (in their own community, family, schools, churches or workplace) during the following year. Each year facilitators will come together to renew their commitment for another year, or step down as official NNI facilitators and be free to choose how to apply their skills in facilitating dialogues in any way they wish. The training is FREE so that becoming an NNI facilitator can remain as inclusive and accessible as possible. I have self-funded this initiative for 3 years and have trained over 30 NNI facilitators. Potential facilitators come to the 5day-intensive training for free. They also receive 1:1 supervision on their NNI dialogues within the first year of facilitation so that their learning journey is rigorous and grounded in experiential training, practicum and learning labs. 

Thomas Lange Violinist, Conductor and Founder of Resonance Training (Resonanzlehre).

Thomas has taught musicians of all instruments, singers and conductors for more than 25 years. Many of his students hold positions in the leading orchestras of Germany, such as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, NDR Radio Philharmony Hanover, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian State Opera Munich, State Opera Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic.

Thomas studied violin with Prof.Saschko Gawriloff and Prof.Thomas Brandis in Berlin and Prof.Gérard Poulet in Paris. He played in many orchestras e.g. Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Berlin Philharmonic. He was artistic director and conductor of Brandenburg Chamber Orchestera Berlin. He taught at Universities like Hochschule für Musik Hannover, in cooperation with the Institute for Music Physiology, Universität der Künste (UDK) Berlin and Hochschule für Musik Frankfurt/Main. He led courses with various Orchestras, e.g. Orchestra of Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Orchestra of Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.

The musicians of NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover evaluated his course in spring 2013 as „far the best of all courses around musical body work that has ever been delivered“.

Thomas Lange and his motivation

This benefit concert for the No-Name Initiative (NNI) provides the opportunity for me as the conductor to apply the principle of NNI (every voice is heard and equally important) to an orchestra.

My intention is to create an atmosphere of simultaneous, collective leading and following in an orchestra. As I see it, conductor and orchestra both work to liberate each other. The conductor is a co-musician without instrument. As the conductor is not absorbed by playing an instrument, he has free capacity for coordination and musical form. Paradoxically, this works best when every player in the orchestra recognizes him/herself as leader and conductor with his/her own instrument. That way we can achieve the best possible depth of expression as a group.