Local muso wins big

2015-10-27 06:00
From left: Grassy Park’s Shannon Thebus, Goodwood’s Rhiyaan Smith, Somerset West’s Henley Jun and Michael Maas, founder and chairperson of the National Youth Music Foundation. 

PHOTO: 
Hannes Thiart

From left: Grassy Park’s Shannon Thebus, Goodwood’s Rhiyaan Smith, Somerset West’s Henley Jun and Michael Maas, founder and chairperson of the National Youth Music Foundation. PHOTO: Hannes Thiart

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Grassy Park musician Shannon Thebus (19) has excelled at this year’s National Youth Music Competition.

The French horn player was one of the winners of the R2000 Michael Masote prize, which was also awarded to Free State cellists, Ashwin Grobbelaar (16) and Teboho Jabu Sesing (17), and clarinet player Féroll-Jon Davids (19) of McGregor. They were recognised as the most promising contestants in their respective categories.

A student of the University of Cape Town, Sakhile Humbane (19), who lives in Rondebosch, has won the top prize.

Apart from clinching the prestigious gold medal and R30 000 at the finals at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium in Parow on Saturday 17 October, the talented young flautist was also awarded the R4 000 prize for the best concerto performance, as well as the Leon Hartshorne prize of R4 000 for the best wind instrumentalist.

As part of his first prize, the Durban-born musician will perform in concerts at Nederburg in Paarl, at the Overstrand Arts festival in Hermanus and at the Darling Music Experience.

Hosted by the National Youth Music Foundation, the annual competition for classical instrumentalists aged between 14 and 19 offered cash prizes totalling R125 000.

This year, 19 musicians from across South Africa were auditioned to take part in a four-round play-off at the Hugo Lambrechts Auditorium.

They each had to perform a variety of classical works in front of eight illustrious judges who were assisted by a shadow jury that included former contestants and music students

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