The curtain raiser for the finalists’ gala concert at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in
Parow, Cape Town was the first appearance of the full Cape Town Philharmonic Youth
Orchestra (CPYO), performing a rousing rendition of the Festival Overture by Dimitri
Shostakovich with maestro Brandon Phillips on the podium.
The finalists’ gala concert consisted of eight works, the curtain raiser, the six solo performances of the six finalists and the finale by Sakhile Humbane. Maestro Phillips says apart from the curtain raiser and the work by Maurice Ravel, all the works performed was his first as a conductor.
The first of the six finalists to take the stage was Josie McLure, 19, from Walmer in Port Elizabeth, playing the Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E flat, Op 109 by Alexander Glazunov.
The second finalist to face the adjudicating panel, Gerhard Joubert, 16, a learner at Jan van Riebeeck High School in Cape Town performs the 1st Movement of the Piano Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann, eliciting several “Bravo’s” from the packed Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow, Cape Town.
One of the youngest contestants in the 2018 competition, Qden Blaauw, 14, performs the well-known Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin in the first half of the finalists’ gala concert on Saturday 13 October 2018.
After the interval, dressed in a golden evening gown Clara Lubbe, 16, from Monument Park in Pretoria got the audience into the groove, playing the Scaramouch Suite for Sax and Orchestra by Darius Milhaud.
Flying the Free State flag, Beate Boshoff, 17, from Bethlehem. She has been participating in the annual contest for the last three years and is taught by Jenny Reid, whose daughter, Caryn was a finalist in 2013 competition. Beate performed the 1st Movement of the Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel.
The final contestant to take the stage was Louis Nel, 17, from Brooklyn in Pretoria. He mesmerised the audience (and the judges) with his passionate performance of the 1st Movement of the Piano Concerto No 3 in C major by Sergei Prokofiev.
While the panel of nine esteemed adjudicators had their final deliberations to select the winners for the sought after prizes of the 2018 National Youth Music Competition, the 2015 winner and gold medallist, Sakhile Humbane, 22, a student at the University of Cape Town performed the finale, the Hungarian Pastorale Fantasy by Albert Franz Doppler.
After the closing and award ceremony, the audience was invited to enjoy some refreshments in the foyer of the auditorium.