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Finalists’ Gala Concert in pictures

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.

Maestro Brandon Phillips conducts Cape Town Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (CPYO). One of the 2018 prize winners, Liam Slabbert, 15, on bassoon can be seen in the right-hand top corner.

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.

Josie McLure, 19, a student at the University of Stellenbosch, performance won her the newly announced prize The Namibian National Symphony Orchestra (NNSO) invitation award for a finalist of their own choice. This award is an invitation to perform with the NNSO in their Concerto Festival 2019 in Windhoek and was selected through the live broadcast of the gala concert.

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.

The 16-year-old Gerhard Joubert from Stellenbosch has won the R4 000 Pauline Nossel Prize for best performance of a classical work by a pianist for his performance of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Sonata in C Minor in the third round.

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.

Qden Blaauw, 14, from De Tijger in Cape Town, triumphantly concludes her performance at the gala concert. He walked away with the overall second prize of R10 000 and the silver medal.

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.

Clara Lubbe, 16, is a learner at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Hillcrest, Pretoria. She palmed in the overall third prize, consisting of R6 500 and the silver medal.

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.

It was third time lucky for Beate Boshoff, 17, a learner at Voortrekker High in Bethlehem, Free State. She received one of the runners-up prizes in the piano category, valued at R3 000.

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.

First prize and golden medal-winner, Louis Nel, 17, is a learner at St Alban’s College in Pretoria. Apart from his R30 000 first prize, he also palmed in the R4 000 prize for the best performance of a concerto in the final round.

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.

Originally from KwaMashu in Durban, the 22-year-old former winner of the competition, triumphantly returned, rendering a flawless performance with his flute.

After the closing and award ceremony, the audience was invited to enjoy some refreshments in the foyer of the auditorium.