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SA’s top teen musicians groom for clash

South Africa’s top six teenage instrumentalists are in the final straight, chasing the coveted title of the 2015 National Youth Music Competition.

Following three nerve-wracking rounds, an eight person jury of esteemed academics and musicians, have chosen the top six out of 19 selected entries from across the country.

On Saturday 17 October 2015 the six finalists will play in a gala concert with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) at the Hugo Lambrechts auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.

The concert will feature two flautists, two piano players, a percussionist and a clarinet player.

They are:

  • Emilio February, 17, percussion (Cape Town)
  • Sakhile Humbane, 18, flute (Cape Town)
  • Henley Jun, 18, piano (Somerset West)
  • Stephen Maycock, 16, clarinet (Johannesburg)
  • Rhiyaan Smith, 18, piano (Cape Town)
  • Amy Stessl, 16, flute (Johannesburg)

Under the baton of CPO resident conductor, Brandon Phillips the concert opens with an overture, followed by Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra: The Forest Murmurs, a composition by the 22-year-old Kristi Boonzaaier of the University of Stellenbosch. Visser Liebenberg, for whom the piece was composed, is the soloist. Each finalist will then perform a movement from a concerto with the CPO while being adjudicated by the jury.

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