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Twelve remain at halfway mark of music competition

THE 12 semi-finalists of the 2015 National Youth Music Competition have been announced following two gruelling rounds at the Hugo Lambrechts auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.

The 12 musicians that are through to the third round are:

Surname Name Inst Age Home town
Bruiners Nicholas Violin 17 Mowbray
Burnett Georgia Flute 17 Linden
Davids Féroll-Jon Clarinet 19 McGregor
February Emilio Percussion 17 Elsies River
Fitzgerald Cayley Flute 16 Rivonia
Humbane Sakhile Flute 19 Rondebosch
Jun Henley Piano 18 Somerset West
Maycock Stephen Clarinet 17 Houghton
Smith Rhiyaan Piano 18 Goodwood
Stessl Amy Flute 17 Craighall
Struwig Mieke Clarinet 19 Port Elizabeth
Thebus Shannon French horn 19 Grassy Park


The last show-down between the top six contenders takes place on Saturday 17 October at 19:30, when the finalists perform in a gala concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Brandon Phillips.

More than R125 000 in prizes, one gold, four silver medals and four bronze medals are at play. The overall winner will also be invited to perform in concerts at Nederburg, Overstrand Arts in Hermanus, as well as at the Darling Music Experience.

The competition, one of the largest for orchestral musicians in South Africa, kicked off on Tuesday 13 October 2015 with 19 talented youth musicians between the ages of 14 and 19 years.

“Every year we experience tremendous improvement in the quality of the contestants,” says Michael Maas, Founder and Chairman of the National Youth Music Foundation (NYMF).

The competition caters for musicians who are too young to qualify for the UNISA International Music and the ATKV Muziq competitions; or too old for the SAMRO Hubert van der Spuy competition.

“It is the only contest for orchestral musicians in the country where the top six finalists are afforded the privilege to perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO),” he says.

The panel of adjudicators are Prof Farida Bacharova (strings), Polina Burdukova (strings), Prof Ella Fourie (piano), John Hinch (wind), Dr Franklin Larey (piano), Shadrack Bokaba (strings), Michael Maas (chairman) and Bongani Ndodana-Breen (piano & composition).

• The finalists’ gala concert on 17 October starts at 19:30. Tickets cost R150, R90 for pensioners and R50 for students. Bookings can be made at Computicket 0861 915 8000, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, or online at www.computicket.com.