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To be Young, Gifted and a Classical Musician

The National Youth Music Competition

11 - 15 Oct 2016

Rounds 1 to 3 open to the public

Entrance Free 11, 12, & 13 October

Finalist Concert 15 October

19:30 - 21:30

Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Parrow Cape Town

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To be Young, Gifted and a Classical Musician. Sixteen of South Africa's most talented classical musicians between the ages of fourteen and nineteen years have made it to final rounds of the National Youth Music Competition, one of SA's most prestigious classical music events. Auditions and selections were done through out South Africa.

The final demanding sessions of the competition run between the 11th — 15th October 2016 at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, Parrow Cape Town, culminating in the winning participants performing at a prestigious concert with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra on the 15th October, 7:30 pm. FMR will be broadcasting the event live.

Many young talents never get a chance to find their niche, develop their craft and mature into world-class artists. NYMC - celebrating 33 years — has successfully nurtured this platform, discovering tons of young brilliance and producing top musicians such as Pieter Schoeman (conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra) and Jeffrey Armstrong (leader of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra), Sulayman Human, Sakhile Humbane and Eben Wagenstroon.

Positioned as the 3rd largest music competition for classical musicians in SA, NYMC caters for emerging musicians who are below the age limit for the UNISA International Music Competition and the ATKV Muziq competition.

The selected sixteen contestants performing in one of five categories, namely piano, strings,wind,brass and other (percussion, harp, marimba, etc) will all take part in the first two rounds. During these two rounds,each competitor must play four works from at least three different style periods. One of the works must be a movement from a classical or romantic sonata. A later style period is allowed for brass instruments and saxophone.

Twelve contestants are selected for the third round. Each contestant will play a 20-minute recital of contrasting works, as well as a movement from a concerto; or a single work for the chosen instrument; or two movements from a concerto; or a complete concerto with piano accompaniment.

After many months of hard work, heartfelt dedication and mounting anticipation the top six contestants are chosen to perform with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at an esteemed gala concert under the baton of Brandon Phillips. This will be followed by a closing ceremony and announcement of Prize Winners. Cash and other prizes totalling more than R150 000 - as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded. Prize money is generously donated by The Rupert Music Foundation. The Second Prize is generously sponsored by OAK (Overstrand Arts/Kunste)

National Youth Music Foundation chairman Michael Maas comments, “ The entrants for this year’s National Youth Music Competition are all very talented young musicians, performing at a very high level of excellence.We can look forward to some fine performances and I would like to encourage music-lovers to attend the free rounds and support the best of South Africa’s young classical music talent. An added attraction to this year’s Competition, is the addition of a second and third overall prize”.

The adjudicators for 2016 include prominent academics and musicians from across South Africa, whose expertise covers most of the instruments represented in the competition. They are; Dr Tinus Botha(Piano), David Earl (Piano), Prof Ella Fourie (piano), Prof Franklin Larey (piano), Marian Lewin (cello), Michael Maas (Chairman of NYMF), Vaughan Pietersen, Kutlwano Masote (Violin), Dr Becky Steltzner (Clarinet)

The shadow jury is an educational element introduced by Michael Maas and focuses on training future music adjudicators. Shadow Jury advisor Sean Adams (Pianist & Organist) oversees the selection and process.2016 group consists of former contestants. They are Yohan Chun: Piano, BMus Degree (Final Year), University of Cape Town Dominic Daula: Piano, BMus Degree (Final Year), University of Cape Town Ferról-Jon Davids:

Clarinet, BMus Degree (Second Year), University of Stellenbosch Lynne Donson: Cello, BMus Degree (Final

Year), University of Stellenbosch Nicholas Haralambous: Piano, BMus Degree (Final Year), University of Cape Town Sulayman Human: Piano, MMus Degree (Second Year), University of Stellenbosch Sakhile Humbane: Flute, BMus Degree (Third Year), University of Cape Town

All the rounds are open to the public. Entrance is free for the first three rounds and performed at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre,Parrow Cape Town

Round One Tues 11 Oct :Session 1: 15:00 - 17:30. Session 2: 19:00 - 21:30

Round Two Wed 2 Oct : Session 1: 09:00 - 12:00. Session 2: 14:15 - 16:30 Round Three Thurs 3 Oct: Session 1: 10:00 - 12:20. Session 2: 14:00 - 17:00 Session 3: 19:00 - 22:00 The final round is on Sat 15 October at 19:30.

Ticket costs R150 per person. Block bookings of 10 or more, less 10%, Pensioners, Students and Scholars 5-15 years R40. Book through Computicket,Shoprite and Checkers outlets, call 0861 915 8000 or online www.computicket.com

Attached: Please see the Candidates Schedule, Playing List Round 1 and Round 2 and meet 2015 winner Sakhile Humbane

Photographs , further information on the adjudicators and full Prize listing available on request.

Ends

26 September 2016

Issued by Kerry Friedmann of Madiba Music for the National Youth Music Foundation

For More Information please contact

Michael Maas NYMF Chairman m | +27 83 659 2808

Kerry Friedmann || Madiba Music cc m +27 82 455 3447 e | madibamusickf@gmail.com

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