UCT muso wins top prize

2015-10-27 06:00
UCT student and Rondebosch resident Sakhile Humbane in action with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.   PHOTO:  Hannes Thiart

UCT student and Rondebosch resident Sakhile Humbane in action with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. PHOTO: Hannes Thiart

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A student of the University of Cape Town, Sakhile Humbane (19), has won the top prize at this year’s National Youth Music Competition.

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, who lives in Rondebosch, was also awarded the R4000 prize for the best concerto performance, as well as the Leon Hartshorne prize of R4000 as best wind instrumentalist.

Born in Durban, Humbane performed Francois Borne’s Fantaise brillante sur Carmen with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). As part of his first prize he will perform in concerts at Nederburg in Paarl, at the Overstrand Arts festival in Hermanus and at the Darling Music Experience.

Grassy Park French horn player Shannon Thebus (19) was among the winners of the Michael Masote prize, as the most promising contestants in their respective categories. It was also awarded to Free State cellists Ashwin Grobbelaaar (16) and Teboho Jabu Sesing (17) and clarinet player Féroll-Jon Davids (19) of McGregor.

Hosted by the National Youth Music Foundation, the annual competition for classical instrumentalists aged between 14 and 19 offered cash prizes totalling R125000. This year, 19 musicians from across South Africa were auditioned to take part in a four-round play-off from 13 to 17 October.

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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