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Latin-American fire kick-starts 2020 concert series

A young talented clarinet and guitar duo kick-starts the 2020 Young Artists’ Concert Series with a fiery Soirée Espagnole, at Erin Hall in Rondebosch on Saturday 7 March 2020 at 20:00.

Gold medallist and overall winner of the 2016 National Youth Music Competition (NYMC), clarinettist Cameron Williams is joined by guitarist Joshua Frank, performing mainly Latin-American and Spanish works by celebrated composers including Astor Piazolla, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados and Manuel Ponce, with a few surprises added in.

Cameron completed his Bachelor of Music degree cum laude at Stellenbosch University (SU) in 2019 where he majored in clarinet performance with Daniel Prozesky. While a student there, he served as the principal clarinettist of the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band and continued his saxophone study with Dr Arisa Voges at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre.

Joshua, a lecturer in musicology at the SU, has just completed a Master of Music degree cum laude, specialising in music cognition and the empirical study of musical emotions. He performs regularly with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Stellenbosch University Camerata, Here Be Dragons, and Camerata Tinta Barocca on the recorder, guitar and oboe.

The two rising stars met through their music studies and performances at the university. This is their first time gracing the stage as a duo.

Presented by the National Youth Music Foundation (NYMF), this fiery concert sets the stage for the launch of the 2020 NYMC that will be presented from 6 to 10 October 2020 at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.

“The NYMC annually attracts the cream of classical instrumentalist between the ages of 14 and 19 to vie for the cash prizes of R145 000 and the sought-after gold, silver and bronze medals.

“Since the inception of the concert series, the NYMF presented three concerts with huge success. We have exposed eight rising stars in the process, fulfilling our mission to identify, expose and develop local music talent,” says Michael Maas, chairman of the NYMF.

Entry forms and the 2020 rules brochure for the NYMC will be published in due course on the NYMC website at www.nymc.co.za.

“The intimate 100-seater Erin Hall is a perfect venue to stir musical emotions ranging from quiet to fierce, allowing the audience to experience music from the Spanish, Latin-American and other traditions,” Cameron and Joshua say enthusiastically.

Unreserved seats are R120 and R70 for students, learners and pensioners from Computicket at 0861 915 8000 or at the door. Complimentary wine or juice are included in the price.