On Thursday 11 October 2018, the top 12 rising stars of the 2018 National Youth Music Competition at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow are fighting in the last ditch to be selected for the top six positions who will perform Saturday night 13 October 2018 with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in the final round of the competition.
Since Tuesday 9 October, the 19 contestants that have been selected for the gruelling contest over four rounds, have played a variety of classical works in front of the nine-member panel of esteemed adjudicators and a shadow jury, consisting of nine students.
During the third round, the 12 semi-finalists each had to tell their story through music with a 20-minute recital, followed by a concerto or movement(s) from a concerto that is played by heart.
The 12 semi-finalists are:
*Qden Blaauw, 14, piano (De Tijger, Cape Town)
*Beate Boshoff, 17, piano (Bethlehem, Free State)
*Cayley Fitzgerald, 19, flute (Bryanston, Johannesburg)
*Leo Huan, 15, piano, (Die Wilgers, Pretoria)
*Gerhard Joubert, 16, piano (Stellenbosch)
*Ethan Lawson, 17, cello, (Durbanville, Cape Town)
*Clara Lubbe, 16, alto saxophone (Monument Park, Pretoria)
*Josie McLure, 19, alto saxophone (Walmer, Port Elizabeth)
*Louis Nel, 17, piano (Brooklyn, Pretoria)
*Caroline Robertson, 18, cello (Fernwood Estate, Cape Town)
*Liam Slabbert, 15, bassoon (Brackenfell, Cape Town)
*Lisa van Wyk, 18, flute (Bellville, Cape Town)
The playing field consists of representatives from each of the four provinces that originally entered the prestigious reality-like contest. Five of them are from Cape Town, three from Pretoria and one each from Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Bethlehem and Walmer, Port Elizabeth.
The pianists levelled the playing field during the first two rounds, resulting in the equal number of pianists and woodwind instrumentalists in the penultimate clash. Two cellos are fiercely vying to go through to the final round.