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Cape Town - 22 July 2016 - (L-R) Ntando Ngcume; Abongile Fumba; Ongama Mhlontlo; LeOui Rendsburg;  Kevin (Gyu-Min) Kim; Amber De Decker; Nombulelo Yende are young musicians studying at UCT who will be performing with the CTPO at the Artscape as part of the Youth Music Festival.

Cape Town – 22 July 2016 – (L-R) Ntando Ngcume; Abongile Fumba; Ongama Mhlontlo; LeOui Rendsburg; Kevin (Gyu-Min) Kim; Amber De Decker; Nombulelo Yende are young musicians studying at UCT who will be performing with the CTPO at the Artscape as part of the Youth Music Festival.

45th Annual Event

Friday 19 August 2016 at 19.30

Artscape Theatre

Conducted by Brandon Phillips

Presented in collaboration with

DISTELL FOUNDATION

Celebrating the achievements of Young Classical Musicians

Twelve extraordinary talented young classical music instrumentalists and singers who successfully auditioned to play at the 45th Western Cape Youth Music Festival will perform at the Artscape Theatre on Friday 19 August at 19.30. Presented by Artscape and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) in collaboration with the Distell Foundation, this prestigious annual event offers accomplished musicians the opportunity of playing with a symphony orchestra on a professional concert stage.The soloists in programme order are : Bronwyn van Wieringen (21) on Piano, Amber De Decker (16) Violin, Cameron Williams (19) Saxophone, Ongama Mhlontlo (20) a Tenor, LeOui Rendsburg (22) Soprano, Kevin (Gyu-Min) Kim (21) Piano, Lisa Britz (16) Harp, Féroll-Jon Davids (19) Clarinet, Ntando Ngcume (22) Baritone, Abongile Fumba (26) Mezzo Soprano, Nombulelo Yende (25) Soprano and Ah-Young Moon (13) on Piano.

Brandon Phillips, resident conductor and principal bassoon of the CPO will conduct a varied and exciting programme with works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Handel, Gounod, Krommer, Rossini, Verdi, Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian and South African composers, Hendrik Hofmeyr and Allan Stephenson. Concert master is Patrick Goodwin.

As the festival is a celebration and not a competition, the appeal of the works presented, as well as good variety in the overall programme content, played an important part in the final selection of these soloists. Much of the biggest repertoire and most exciting to listen to and perform is in the concerto field (instrument with orchestra) and opera field (voice and orchestra).

The adjudicating panel were Alastair Cockburn (Artistic Co-ordinator), Daniel Neal (Librarian and adhoc Cellist for the CPO), Aviva Pelham (well-known opera star and director) and Phillip Swales (former Music Subject Advisor of the Western Cape Education Department).

Marlene le Roux, CEO of Artscape says; ‘Each year the amount of musicians auditioning increases, which is indicative of the growing interest youth have in classical music. This year there were 21 candidates from Stellenbosch and 33 from Cape Town. They represent the remarkable talent of many up and coming musicians in the Western Cape. A dream is realized as they perform on stage accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. We acknowledge the teachers and music institutions that nurture and support these young musicians, raising the standards of excellence each year.’

Tickets cost R80. Pensioners and students R40 with valid ID, Scholars 5-18 R40. Block bookings of 10 or more less 10%. Book through Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets, on line www.computicket.com or call 0861 915 8000.

This event is sold out every year so it is suggested you book your tickets now : BOOK HERE

For more information contact Thandi Mlungwana on 021 410 9209 or Debbie Damons on 021 410 9915.

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