Nineteen rising stars, their parents (and some grandparents), and teachers and accompanists have flocked since Tuesday 9 October 2018 to the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow for the 2018 National Youth Music Competition.
They came from wide and far to compete, support and witness how the annual reality contest unfolds. Four days, one gold medal and prizes of more than R145 000 are at stake.
The atmosphere was festive before the start, but there were also those who sussed out the fellow contenders prior to the serious business of competing.
The contestants had to battle it out over four rounds in three categories, namely piano, woodwind and strings.
But what is a competition without adjudicators. This year nine esteemed academics and musicians have joined forces to listen how the rising stars tell their individual stories through music.
Former competition contestants and other rising university students serve on the shadow jury as part of the National Youth Music Foundation’s vision of training a new generation of adjudicators.