Sep 02

Sanlam National Music Competition from 21 to 25 September

Budding music talent vies for honours

The best instrumentalists among South Africa’s budding music talent are set to captivate Capetonians when they vie for honours at the Sanlam National Music Competition from 21 to 25 September at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow.

The general public is most welcome to attend the competition performances – the opening and first three rounds are FREE OF CHARGE.

The competition, hosted for the 21st time, is the only one of its kind for primary school learners in South Africa. It has already been the first step on the road to (even international) acclaim for many young South African musicians. Only recently, previous winners made a clean sweep with the main prizes at the Unisa National Strings Competition.

Medals and prizes worth more than R40 000 are up for grabs by the winners and their teachers.

The 61 talented participants auditioned successfully in the main centres of our country early in June. Two of them are a mere six years old, Natanja Uys from Plattekloof, Cape Town and Ah-Young Moon from Bloemfontein.

By far the majority of participants are from Gauteng (35) and the Western Cape (16).

The learners compete over four rounds in four sections: Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Brass, and Other Instruments (harp, classical guitar, recorder and percussion).

The competition is presented by the South African Society of Music Teachers (Tygerberg) for learners up to and including Grade Seven. The purpose is to identify promising music learners and to give them the opportunity to compete at a national level at an early age, something that could ignite their careers in music.

In the first two rounds (23 and 25 September) all the candidates get two chances to impress the judges – the second day with a new contrasting programme. The top candidates go through to the third round on the 24th before the finalists are announced for the final round/gala concert on Friday 25.

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