A blood moon - the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century (watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqBStEIVF8o), the 70th birthday celebration of the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwhelithini and a classical musician who plucked off his bow tie before his solo performance, marked the inaugural concert(s) of the Young Artists’ Concert Series, presented by the National Youth Music Foundation.
Other characteristics of the concerts included high emotions, stirred by a 15-year-old violinist, Bach’s Ave Maria performed on marimba and saxophone, as well as itching feet among the audiences during some performances.
Four former prize winners of South Africa’s third largest music competition, the National Youth Music Competition, mesmerised packed houses in Hermanus and Cape Town. The competition caters for talented classical musicians between the ages of 14 and 19 years.
Two former Gold Medal, First Prize winners, saxophonist Cameron Williams (2016) and Johannesburg-based violinist Gilah Kellner (2017) were joined by Emilio Lorenzo on marimba and clarinettist David Cyster on Sunday 22 July 2018 at the Hermanus Civic Centre and on Friday 27 July 2018 at Erin Hall in Rondebosch, Cape Town.
They performed solos and ensemble works, accompanied by acclaimed pianist, Elna van der Merwe.
The National Youth Music Foundation’s bottom line rests on three pillars, namely identify, expose and develop.
“These concerts prepare these classical youth musicians on their respective journeys to become fully-fledged performers,” says Michael Maas, chairman of the foundation and compiler of the programme.
The Foundation seeded the money for the concerts.
The 2018 edition of the annual National Youth Music Competition runs this year from 9 to 13 October at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium. The names of this year contestants will be announced towards the end of August 2018.