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Faces of note at the gala concert

Brian Heydenreich did the announcements during the competition and at the finalists’ gala concert.

The force behind the annual competition, Michael and Aileen Maas, hand a medal of special recognition to maestro Brandon Phillips for his commitment to music and his work with the Cape Town Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gitte and Clara Lubbe from Monument Park, Pretoria.

All the way from Bethlehem in the Free State, proud music teacher Jenny Read and her pianist student, Beate Boshoff.

Shadow jury member, Pearl Jung, with 2014 contestant and clarinettist, Féroll-Jon Davids.

Former contestant and member of the shadow jury, Nicholas Bruiners, with fellow shadow juror, Chris Njapha and contestant in the 2018 competition, Nicola McLachlan.

Second prize winner with school friend Sohan Patel, dad, Denric Blaauw and his music teacher, Shane Goodall.

Piano teacher Shane Goodall with Louis Fouché of ClassicSA.

Shadow jurors Jolani Schaap and Rosie Lemmer flank first prize winner and gold medallist, Louis Nel.